Last night was a clear example of a team that has lost its focus primarily because of how the season has played out. It is much easier to dig down deep physically and mentally, when you have major goals to play for like 2013. This isn't the case this late into the 2014 season and it shows. [...]
With just one second remaining in regulation two-time defending national champion Alabama, which carried an unbeaten record and the No. 1 ranking into the regular-season finale, missed a 57-yard field goal.
"It's tough," said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, "but at the same time it's kind of good when you have a long week and Thursday evening you let them kind of decompress a little bit before you get into Friday and Saturday and you kind of get back at it. You do the best you can."
Cam Newton put aside the Carolina Panthers' five-game losing streak, the aches and pains associated with offseason ankle surgery, a hairline rib fracture and 32 sacks and the criticism of his performance as an NFL quarterback to treat more than 800 low-income youngsters to a fun and filling Thanksgiving in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday night.
Malzahn has a chance to become the third SEC coach to beat Saban in consecutive games in consecutive years, joining Steve Spurrier and Les Miles.
08/30 vs. Arkansas (W 45-21) 09/06 vs. San Jose State (W 59-13) 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State (W 20-14) 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech (W 45-17) 10/04 vs. LSU (W 41-7) 10/11 @ Mississippi State (L 23-38) 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina (W 42-35) 11/01@ Ole Miss (W 35-31) 11/08 vs. Texas A&M (L 38-41) 11/15 @ Georgia(L 7-34) 11/22 vs. Samford (W 31-7) 11/29 @ Alabama