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 By Ed Jones    Sports    December 1, 2019 

Spot-on Pre-Season Predictions!

In the April 2019 edition of the Alabama Gazette, the following article appeared... Ed Jones pre-season predictions...and, boy, were they on target! Take a minute to review what Jones said in...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    November 1, 2019

2019 PROJECTIONS VERSUS REALITY

As the last five weeks of the college football season unfolds, let’s look at my pre-season projections for 2019. My choice of Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and Clemson was looking good until Michigan...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    October 1, 2019

THE ROAD AHEAD

No other state in America has two football teams ranked in the top ten this year. Alabama has reclaimed number one as Clemson came within one play of losing to North Carolina on September 28th. At...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    September 1, 2019

TOP 50 PROJECTIONS FOR 2019

These 2019 projections are based on schedule difficulty, final regular season record and position that national polls will place each team at the end of the regular season. For the first time in 40...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    August 1, 2019

MUCH ADO ABOUT MALZAHN

Auburn is heading into the seventh season under Coach Gus Malzahn. Over the last six years, no coach in America has been under scrutiny as much as Malzahn. Some of this just comes with the territory....

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    July 1, 2019

SEC AT A GLANCE

Another football season is bearing down on us again. To me, it seems as if I watched the “beat down” that Clemson put on Alabama in the national championship game last month. This year my...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    April 1, 2019

Who's It Gonna Be?

ALABAMA There is no controversy this year in Tuscaloosa as to who the quarterback will be. Tua Tagovailoa will be at Alabama at least one more year. The runner up for the Heisman trophy is well...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    March 1, 2019

What I Don't Like About Football

This column will be devoted to the many things that I don’t like about modern day football. As addicted as I am to the sport, there are certain trends that do not enhance the game of football. Even...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    February 1, 2019

The Playoff

While the national championship in college football is still on our minds, it seemed to be a good time to discuss the pros and cons of our current playoff system, and the possibility of an eight team...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    January 1, 2019

Tigers Roll Tide Clemson 44- Alabama 16

The magic is gone. Tua Tagovailoa is human after all. Coach Dabo Swinney had his Clemson Tigers so prepared for The National Championship Game with Alabama, there was nothing Nick Saban could do that...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    December 1, 2018

Perfection in Crimson?

Alabama has had a special season so far, even measured by Alabama standards. They started the season ranked number one and have maintained the ranking every week of the 2018 season. If the Tide can...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    November 1, 2018

$49M...Really?

There has been a resistance on my part to address my concerns about the Auburn football program under Gus Malzahn. One of the reasons for that is my belief that he is a good man with a good family....

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    October 1, 2018

Eligibility Chaos

Since Auburn first played Georgia in 1892, there have been many changes in the way the game of football is played. Many rule changes have been instituted since that time. Technics of playing the game...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    September 1, 2018

TOP 50 in 2018...and Ed's Projections Of Where They Could Finish Up!

Never in my forty years of doing pre-season projections on how the top college football teams will finish their regular season, have I seen how the scene looks this year. Seven teams have a good...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    August 1, 2018

QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY?

For the last seventy years, my attention has been on the game of football, especially college football. To my knowledge, during this time, never has there been such an obsession with who the...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    May 1, 2018

To Go or Not to Go That is the question (Too Late for Pettway, Holland, Scarbrough)

Believe it or not, coaches are not just money hungry, self centered opportunists. They are not heartless, uncaring individuals who only care about winning. They are not manipulators who use players...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    April 1, 2018

The Quarterbacks

Ah, Spring, where young men’s thoughts turn to...football. Alabama and Auburn are hard at work in their spring practice, or spring training for the older fans. Auburn took spring break off from...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    February 1, 2018

TOUGH AND TENDER

During the course of a lifetime, one will encounter someone who has character, conviction, determination and a sense of purpose that influences your life more than most. Such a man is admired,...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    January 1, 2018

Saban Catches "The BEAR"

Freshman Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa Delivers for BAMA! Nick Saban may have done the best coaching job of his career at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on the night of January 8, 2018. Trailing for...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    January 1, 2018

DEFENSE Gave BAMA Another Chance

Defense has always been the tool that brought Alabama to the pinnacle of the college football world. Coach Paul Bryant used this tool to win six national championships. Coach Gene Stallings used it to...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    December 1, 2017

AUBURN HAS GEORGIA ON ITS MIND

PLEASE NOTE THIS WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE AUBURN/GEORGIA GAME. HISTORY CONTINUES TO UNFOLD IN NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL. IT IS NEVER ENDING...ESPECIALLY WITH THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP UPCOMING. Auburn h...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    November 1, 2017

"Next Man Down"

In the August issue of the Alabama Gazette, my column was entitled: "1st Coach to Fall". This story was about the demise of Coach Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss. The full story of the Ole Miss debacle has...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    September 1, 2017

The Best of 2017

Picking the top football teams in the country for the 2017 season was very difficult. There are more good teams this year than in other years it seems. There will be more ten win seasons this year...

 
 By Ed Jones    Sports    August 1, 2017

1st Coach To Fall

In the era of “million dollar coaches”, a lot is given and a lot is expected. In the SEC the average salaries, benefits and bonuses of coaches is around $5,000,000.00 PER YEAR. With a maximum of...

 

Keys To Victory

Football in the Southeastern Conference is not just a game, it is a right of passage from one generation to another. Inter-marriages are not recommended. This writer has been to many stadiums over...

 

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