Faith can be defined as “confidence or trust in a person or thing” or “belief that is not based on proof” and is often reserved for religion references. Though football certainly isn’t religion, it’s a close second in the Southeast, and it would be blasphemous to say the Iron Bowl isn’t the top rivalry game across the region.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Missouri has a certain ring to it. After Missouri’s loss to Indiana and Alabama’s to Ole Miss, it seemed unlikely that the two would meet in the SEC Championship in Atlanta. On Saturday, they’ll do just that. Aaron Reiss, the sports editor of Missouri’s student paper The Maneater, had some things to say about the game.
Anticipation, disappointment, frustration and desperation matched with cautious optimism, hopefulness, excitement and relief – the range of emotions experienced during a rivalry game on a college football Saturday is all-encompassing, and last weekend’s matchup against LSU in the storied Death Valley brought out all of these emotions and then some.
Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland has finally gotten the chance to prove himself this year. The junior from Madison, Alabama, who was buried on the depth chart by Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley, has made the most of the opportunity that he has been given this year.
Autumn Saturdays in the South are filled with football, food and memories. Bryant-Denny Stadium is packed to its capacity with more than 100,000 people in attendance. Students and fans alike are excited for another home Alabama football game, but some people are just ready to go to work.
Liam Clarke is an Australian exchange student spending his fall semester at The University of Alabama. Clarke, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering and construction, is an active member in campus life and plays for the University’s rugby team.
It’s gameday in Tuscaloosa, and as the sweat seeps through their 10-pound crimson and white uniforms, the 400 members of the Million Dollar Band enter Bryant-Denny Stadium, raise their recently shined instruments, adjust their shakos and waits in anticipation for those chilling words to fill the packed stadium: “Please welcome the Million Dollar Band.”
The familiar routine of attending classes from Monday through Friday is normally disrupted only when holidays fall within the week. However, this Thursday, due to the football game against Georgia State University, classes are cancelled to accommodate the number of fans who will arrive on campus. Thursday is generally the busiest day for students, University spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said in an e-mailed statement. “UA has more students in class and on campus on Thursdays than any other day of the week,” she said.
[caption id="attachment_7602" align="alignright" width="300" caption="On gameday, numerous tents are set up outside of the stadium selling Alabama Football memorabilia.
A possible dark horse has arisen in Tuscaloosa’s shopping scene. Vintage Vibe boutique, which opened Thursday in Downtown Plaza on Queen City Avenue and University Boulevard, offers vintage and retro-inspired clothing and jewelry for women that you might not be able to find anywhere else in the city. “I wanted to be a positive influence on the community,” said owner Liz Whipple.