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2017 Schedule
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Quarterback controversy at Alabama? No way

While Alabama QB Jalen Hurts will face competition from freshman Tua Tagovailoa, don't call it a controversy -- at least around coach Nick Saban.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron's recruiting philosophy for LSU is rather simple. Pluck away a few out-of-state blue-chippers. And keep the best players in Louisiana from leaving. "We keep the good players, we can win a championship. That's the formula." Easier said than done. The competition for Louisiana players has heightened, especially via a bitter rival. In each of the last seven years, Alabama has landed at least one top five Louisiana recruit, including eventual All-Americans Landon Collins and Cam Robinson. "It's tough when you let your best player out of state and he goes and plays for Alabama and they come beat you. So we have to reverse that. In order to do that, we either have to get the best players first or beat Alabama. I don't know which is going to come first. I hope they both come first."

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Ridley named to Biletnikoff Award watch list

Calvin Ridley was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list on Tuesday, given to the nation's top wide receiver. Ridley caught 72 passes for 769 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

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Two Alabama players named to Butkus Award list

LBs Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton were named to the Butkus Award watch list Monday. The award is given to the nation's top linebacker. Evans had 52 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2016 while Hamilton had 64 tackles and 9 tackles for a loss.

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Fitzpatrick, Harrison named to Thorpe Award watch list

Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison have been named to the 2017 Jim Thorpe Award watch list. Fitzpatrick was a semifinalist for the award last season. The two juniors are among seven SEC players named to the award's watch list this year.

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FSU, Bama opener headlines 2017 SEC vs. ACC games

This season's SEC-ACC matchups start off with a bang, with what could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown when Alabama takes on Florida State in Atlanta.

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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Dabo Swinney rooting for the ACC or for his alma mater when FSU & Alabama play in Week 1?

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Alabama features four on Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list

Crimson Tide DBs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison, DT Da'Ron Payne and LB Rashaan Evans were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award goes to the nation's top defensive standout.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimbo Fisher on whether he would prefer to have a game to get ready before facing Alabama: "Well, I scheduled it, so I better be ready for it."

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Alabama trio named to Outland Trophy watch list

C Bradley Bozeman, DT Da'Ron Payne and OT Jonah Williams were named to the Outland Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award is given to the nation's best interior lineman. Bozeman and Williams started every game along the Crimson Tide O-line last season, and Payne recorded 36 tackles.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Chubb said it was hard to root for Clemson in national championship game but he did. "I had to root for them vs Alabama. Nothing's worse than a Bama fan."

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Hurts, offense stepping up for Tide (2:44)
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Who is the best QB in the SEC? (2:04)
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Saban: Hurts has done 'fantastic job' developing (2:11)
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Alabama focusing on getting leadership 'right' (2:49)

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