1. Alabama's coaches are dusting off their DVDs as they prepare to play No. 8 Michigan in Saturday night's opener at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The No. 2 Crimson Tide is attempting to get reacquainted with Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges, who worked in the same capacity at Auburn from 2004-07.
In 2004, Auburn defeated Nick Saban’s LSU team 10-9 en route to finishing 13-0. In Saban’s first season at Alabama, the Tigers beat the Tide 17-10, their sixth straight victory in the Iron Bowl. The Tide compare Borges’ play calling to former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, whose system also had an NFL flavor.
2. Alabama’s defensive coaches are preaching discipline and awareness to their young outside linebackers and cornerbacks. The Tide’s defense is predicated on aggressive man-to-man defense, while playing very little zone coverage.
Alabama’s coaches don’t want the Tide’s linebackers and defensive backs chasing receivers with their backs turned to the line of scrimmage, which might allow Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to take off running.
But Rambo and Ogletree are expected to miss Saturday’s opener against Buffalo at Sanford Stadium -- and possibly a couple of more games -- after reportedly failing surprise drug tests this spring.
Georgia’s new policy regarding player suspension calls for Bulldogs coach Mark Richt to announce discipline whenever he sees fit so his team won’t lose competitive advantage.