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Nick Saban Prepares Team for Southern Miss

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama head coach Nick Saban is preparing his second-ranked team for a showdown with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide are coming off a 41-0 victory over Florida Atlantic and Saban said on Monday that he is sticking with a two-quarterback system of Blake Sims and Jacob Coker.

"We need them both to work to improve, both players did good things in the game and both did things they can improve on," Saban said of the quarterbacks.

Saban said he was happy with their performance against Florida Atlantic, but he wants to continue to push his team. He also noted what the team needs to improve on as they head into Saturday's game.

"Finishing drives on offense, tackling a little better on defense," Saban said.  "Do you have focus, stamina to get better? We have a lot more to prove."

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Sims and Coker Shine in Alabama's Thrashing of Florida Atlantic

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Blake Sims passed for 214 yards and Jake Coker threw for 202, as the two quarterbacks led No. 2 Alabama past Florida Atlantic, 41-0 Saturday.

Sims and Coker, who've been battling each other for the starting position, become the first two Alabama quarterbacks to throw for 200 yards in same game.

"Blake played well except for the one play (fumble near the goal line), and Jake got some experience," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "I think that experience should help his confidence and his ability to play with a little bit better rhythm as he gets that confidence. He did some very good things as well."

So did Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, who tied a school record with 16 catches for 189 yards.

Sims finished the game completing 11-of-13 passes and threw two touchdowns, while Coker threw one touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes.

The game was called with 7:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, when both schools agreed to end the contest due to lightning.

Alabama (2-0) will take on Southern Mississippi next Saturday.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (1) Florida State 37 (1-0) - Oklahoma State 31 (0-1)

(2) Alabama 33 (1-0) - West Virginia 23 (0-1)

(4) Oklahoma 48 (1-0) - Louisiana Tech 16 (0-1)

(5) Ohio State 34 (1-0) - Navy 17 (0-1)

(6) Auburn 45 (1-0) - Arkansas 21 (0-1)

(7) UCLA 28 (1-0) - Virginia 20 (0-1)

(11) Stanford 45 (1-0) - UC Davis 0 (0-1)

(12) Georgia 45 (1-0) - (16) Clemson 21 (0-1)

(17) Notre Dame 48 (1-0) - Rice 17 (0-1)

(20) Kansas State 55 (1-0) - SF Austin 16 (0-1)

(22) Nebraska 55 (1-0) - Florida International 7 (0-1)

(23) North Carolina 56 (1-0) - Liberty 29 (0-1)

(24) Missouri 38 (1-0) - South Dakota State 18 (0-1)

MLB: Chicago White Sox 6 (61-74) - Detroit Tigers 3 (73-61) - Game 1

Detroit Tigers 8 (74-61) - Chicago White Sox 4 (61-75) - Game 2

Chicago Cubs 5 (61-74) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (71-63) - Game 1

St. Louis Cardinals 13 (72-63) - Chicago Cubs 2 (61-75) - Game 2

Toronto Blue Jays 2 (68-67) - New York Yankees 0 (70-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (71-64) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (65-71)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (66-70) - Boston Red Sox 0 (59-76)

Philadelphia Phillies 7 (62-73) - New York Mets 2 (63-73)

Houston Astros 2 (58-79) - Texas Rangers 0 (53-82)

Miami Marlins 4 (66-68) - Atlanta Braves 0 (71-65)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (78-56) - Minnesota Twins 2 (59-76)

Colorado Rockies 2 (54-81) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (56-79)

San Diego Padres 2 (64-70) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (76-60) - 10 Innings

San Francisco Giants 3 (73-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-62)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (82-53) - Oakland Athletics 0 (78-57)

Washington Nationals 3 (77-57) - Seattle Mariners 1 (72-62)

Cleveland Indians 3 (70-64) - Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) -11 Innings

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick wins the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.

The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.

The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.

"Arguably, they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "If the recruiting services are correct, and they're pretty much correct."

Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.

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Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting Class 

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) --  The University of Alabama had yet another successful signing day. 

Head coach Nick Saban and his staff received letter of intent from 19 players on Wednesday.  If you include the eight early enrollees who arrived on campus in January, the Crimson Tide have 27 new faces ready to contribute to the program.

Alabama's 27-man signing class finished No. 1 in the ESPN rankings for the third consecutive year.

"I've never heard anybody say they've had a bad class," Saban said. "I've never heard anybody say they haven't identified their needs.

"So I'm going to say the same thing: We had a good class and we sort of identified our needs."

The Crimson Tide signed a college football best 19 ESPN 300 athletes, the most since Saban arrived on campus in 2007.

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ESPN: Alabama to Interview Lane Kiffin for OC Position 

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin is interviewing Thursday to be the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, according to ESPN and media reports.

The Crimson Tide are searching for a new offensive coordinator after Doug Nussmeier left to join Brady Hoke's staff at Michigan.

Kiffin was fired by USC in late September after a blowout loss to Arizona State.  He went 28-15 with the Trojans.

"Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for him," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said last month after the 38-year-old Kiffin paid him a visit prior to the Sugar Bowl. "Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit to get some professional ideas with our guys is a really positive thing."

If he gets the job at Alabama, Kiffin would have some big shoes to fill.  Nussmeier helped the Tide offense average 38.2 points per game this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/2/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Allstate Sugar Bowl: (11) Oklahoma 45 (11-2) - (3) Alabama 31 (11-2)

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 87 (11-21) - Orlando Magic 81 (10-22) OT

Golden State Warriors 123 (21-13) - Miami Heat 114 (24-8)

Chicago Bulls 94 (13-18) - Boston Celtics 82 (13-19)

Brooklyn Nets 95 (11-21) - Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (25-7)

New York Knicks 105 (10-21) - San Antonio Spurs 101 (25-8)

Memphis Grizzlies 99 (14-17) - Phoenix Suns 91 (19-12)

Utah Jazz 96 (11-24) - Milwaukee Bucks 87 (7-25)

Portland Trail Blazers 134 (26-7) - Charlotte Bobcats 104 (14-20)

Philadelphia 76ers 113 (11-21) - Sacramento Kings 104 (10-21)

 NHL: New York Islanders 3 (14-21-7, 35pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (27-8-8, 64pts) OT

Boston Bruins 3 (27-12-2, 56pts) - Nashville Predators 2 (18-18-5, 41pts) OT

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (16-16-9, 41pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (20-15-6, 46pts) OT

Minnesota Wild 4 (21-17-5, 47pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (11-26-4, 26pts)

Ottawa Senators 4 (18-18-7, 43pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (19-19-5, 43pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (28-7-5, 61pts) - Los Angeles Kings 0 (25-13-4, 54pts)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (24-14-4, 52 pts) - Dallas Stars 4 (20-13-7, 47 pts)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (25-11-4, 54 points) - Philadelphia Flyers 1 (20-17-4, 44 pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (18-19-4, 40 pts) - Phoenix Coyotes 0 (20-11-9, 40 pts)

San Jose Sharks 5 (26-9-6, 58 pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (13-25-5, 31 pts)

College Basketball: (1) Arizona 60 (14-0) - Washington St 25 (7-6)

(4) Wisconsin 76 (14-0) - Northwestern 49 (7-7)

(8) Wichita State 82 (14-0) - Southern Illinois 67 (4-10)

(10) Oregon 70 (13-0) - Utah 68 (11-2) OT

(20) Colorado 64 (12-2) - Oregon State 58 (8-4)

(24) Gonzaga 73 (13-2) - Saint Mary's 51 (10-4)

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Florida State Ranked No. 1 in Latest BCS Standings 

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The BCS standings received quite a shakeup after an exciting weekend of play.

No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Ohio State have taken the top two spots in the standings with just one week remaining before the final pairing for the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game is announced.

Alabama, who was the nation's top team all year before losing to Auburn last Saturday, fell to fourth in the standings.  The Tigers moved up to No. 3 after winning the Iron Bowl.

Auburn faces No. 5 Missouri on Saturday in the SEC championship game.  Both team will likely need Florida State or Ohio State to lose in order to move up in the standings.

The Seminoles need to defeat Duke in the ACC championship game on Saturday night if they want to remain in the top spot.  The Buckeyes will face a tough Michigan State team in the Big Ten title game.

The BCS standings are made up by combining the averages of three factors: the USA Today coaches' poll, the Harris poll, and an average of six computer ratings.

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Nick Saban Prepares for Iron Bowl

Football Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Everything will be on the line on Saturday when Auburn hosts Alabama in the Iron Bowl: an undefeated season for No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0) and a BCS bid for No. 4 Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC), pending a loss by No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Florida State.

The matchup marks the first time since 1971 that both teams come in ranked in the top five.

"The Iron Bowl is a great rivalry game, one that is recognized all over the country in college football. If you are a competitor, it's a great opportunity to compete and to play in a game like this that means a lot to a lot of people on both sides," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Monday. "Our team has worked very hard to create an opportunity for themselves this year. The focus needs to be on playing your best football, which goes back to preparing the best, playing with the best fundamentals, having the best discipline, try to do the job the best you can against a very good team."

Auburn is averaging 39 points a game and is 7-0 this season at home.

"Auburn has a lot of returning starters on their team. They have a lot of experienced players. They played extremely well all year long, especially their offense. Their offense is one of the leading offenses in the country," Saban said of the team.  "Gus (Malzahn) has always done a fantastic job with the offense with their ability to run the ball effectively and throw it when they need to, score the points that they have been able to score on a pretty consistent basis against just about everyone in this league. They have a good offensive line and good runners."

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Alabama Prepares for Chattanooga

BananaStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Fresh off their 20-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide will begin to prepare for Chattanooga this week.

(1) Alabama (10-0) will celebrate senior day on Saturday before the game. Head coach Nick Saban spoke about another class who will leave him at the end of the season.

"One thing I would like to mention is that this game is senior day for a very, very successful class of seniors who have contributed a tremendous amount to the program here over the last four or five years, whatever their career spanned, in terms of their record, how they represented The University of Alabama, the football program and the success that they have had, and hopefully, we have had some success in contributing to their personal development," Saban said on Monday.

Alabama will take on Auburn in their final regular season game, but Saban isn't looking past the Mocs (8-3).

"Chattanooga has a really good team. They have been very successful in their division (FCS). I think Russ (Huesman) does a really good job of finding ways to get the most out of his players in terms of what they can do. His son at quarterback, Jacob, is a really good quarterback, whether he's running or throwing it. They have a lot of quarterback runs and do a lot of multiples of things. They are very good defensively in terms of what they have been able to accomplish statistically this year. We are more concerned right now as to how we focus on the things that we need to do to improve, and we certainly have every respect for the opponent that we have this week," Saban said.

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