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November 9, 2013

Mike Lopresti: Can Tigers turn the Tide?

Now that the BCS stands for Basically Chasing Saban, Saturdays like this one have become nearly as infrequent as lunar eclipses. Alabama actually has a chance to lose.

Or not. LSU must go to Tuscaloosa, but it was two years ago that the Tigers showed up and upset the Tide. Not that it mattered in the end, but Al the elephant has never forgotten and neither has anyone else at Alabama.

So we know just where to start with this week’s Tense 10 — 10 games with something to prove.

1. LSU at Alabama: It’s November, and Alabama has erupted like Old Faithful. The Tide have outscored their last six opponents 246-26 and allowed two touchdowns in the past 24 quarters, and the theory is growing stronger that nobody on its schedule can push Alabama unless his name is Johnny Manziel. It’s LSU’s turn to prove differently.

2. Nebraska at Michigan: A Hail Mary might have saved Nebraska’s season. Historic futility on the ground against Michigan State might have ruined the Wolverines’. Both teams have endured disappointment, and for someone, it’s about to only get worse. Michigan coach Brady Hoke still hasn’t lost in the Big House, after 19 home games.

3. Florida State at Wake Forest: After whipping Miami, the Seminoles were partying like it was 1999, which is the last time they started 8-0. This looks like a cushy weekend junket for a Florida State team pummeling the opposition by an average score of 51-13. But there can be no post-Miami letdown.

4. Houston at UCF: This is the biggest game in the history of the American Athletic Conference. Which is, what, 11 weeks? Houston, 7-1, has scored in all 32 quarters this season and owns a rather stunning 29-9 turnover margin, to lead the universe. UCF, at 6-1, lists Louisville and Penn State among its victims. The winner will sit atop the AAC, hoping the polls notice.

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  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

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  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

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  • Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.

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  • Pendleton Heights, Frankton to meet for net title

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  • SPT - HB0418 - PHHS vs Alex - 017 Arabians hold off Alex to reach semifinals Good teams don't need much help. That didn't stop Pendleton Heights from accepting a little aid from Alexandria in the second round of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament on Thursday.

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  • Elwood, Liberty Christian advance in county softball tournament The 2014 Madison County Softball tournament got off to a wild start at Liberty Christian on Wednesday night as Elwood and the host Liberty Christian Lions advanced with victories.

    April 17, 2014

  • Tigers, Eagles early winners in Muller Tournament Alexandria and Frankton were the victors in the opening night of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament at Pendleton Heights.

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  • SPT - HB0417 - Nick Muller - 05 Bulldogs, Indians impress in openers Lapel and Anderson have very different histories in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.

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  • Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.

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