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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama will trot out an unproven quarterback, insert a new tailback and replace a collection of NFL draft picks.Its not the conventional formula for contention but it worked just fine for the Crimson Tide last season, when Nick Saban and `Bama navigated a similar scenario to claim their fourth national title in seven years.-New season, same old expectations. It seems a given these days that Alabama is as well stocked with talent as any team in college football, but Sabans standard theme is about mind-set and attitude not recruiting rankings.When we have a critical mass of players that buy into the team ... we seem like weve done pretty well in the past, he said. When we have lots of people preoccupied with other things like how much theyre going to play or who their agents going to be next year or whenever, we dont seem to do nearly as well.For the third straight season, the Tide carried a quarterback competition into fall camp. Cooper Bateman, Blake Barnett, David Cornwell and freshman Jalen Hurts all have been in the mix, though Cornwell was limited during the summer and early in camp by a foot injury.The biggest hole is the one left by Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Derrick Henry, who ran the ball more times (395 carries) than Jake Coker threw it (393).Henrys replacement -- likely a combination of Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris -- will still be able to run behind All-SEC left tackle Cam Robinson. Ross Pierschbacher moves from starting left guard to center, replacing first-round draft pick and Rimington Award winner Ryan Kelly.Calvin Ridley headlines a loaded receiving corps that also includes tight end O.J. Howard, offensive MVP of the national championship game.A defense that led the nation against the run and ranked third in points allowed per game, total yards given up and sacks is loaded with returning stars like defensive end Jonathan Allen and safety Eddie Jackson.Young players like run-stopper DaRon Payne and cornerbacks Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey look like future stars. Others like defensive end DaShawn Hand and Reuben Foster could be poised for breakout seasons.KEY GAMESat Mississippi, Sep. 17; at LSU, Nov. 5; Auburn, Nov. 26.SEASON OPENERFaces Southern California -- offensive coordinator Lane Kiffins former team -- Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas. Its the kind of neutral-site game thats become a regular staple as `Bamas opener under Saban, and hes won all six by double-digit margins.NEW BACKFIELDThis is the first time Saban hasnt been able to insert an experienced tailback to replace the latest NFL-bound star (six Tide backs have been drafted in the first three rounds over the past six years). Scarbrough and Harris are former five-star recruits who got limited carries as freshmen so theyre still unproven. Plus, two recruiting services rated freshman B.J. Emmons as the nations top runner. It will almost certainly not be a one-man show like last season, when none of Henrys understudies even reached 80 carries.FRONT SEVENThe defensive front seven might lack last seasons tremendous depth, but Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams both put off entering the NFL draft to return after racking up double-digit sacks.PREDICTIONArguably the teams toughest SEC games come on the road against Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU. The Rebels have beaten Alabama the past two years. Theres plenty of backfield talent, if minimal experience. But the Tide remains strong on both sides of the line of scrimmage, and Ridley is one of the SECs top receivers. The result: An 11-1 (12-0 is certainly a possibility) regular season and another SEC West championship.---AP college football website: Cheap Siran Neal Jersey . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. Discount Bills Jersesys .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. . After a replay, the winner will meet Sunderland in the quarterfinals. Sagbo did well to control Sone Alukos right cross and fire past Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan. Aluko was making his first start in four months after recovering from an Achilles injury. 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"I think right now Im in good position this week, and if I can have some good results this week, its definitely going to give me more confidence for next week," said Feng, referring to her defence of the LPGA championship. The wind off Reeds Bay was the story. It was mild in the morning when Feng played and then gusted between 20 and 30 mph in the afternoon, leaving players second-guessing club selection and battling inconsistent greens, some of which dried out and didnt hold shots and others that were strangely receptive. Second-ranked Stacy Lewis shot a 9-over 80, matching her worst round since the third round of U.S. Womens Open last year. She fell from third to a tie for 50th. The defending champion had three double bogeys, including two on fired eggs in the bunker, and refused to talk to the media immediately after the round. "Glad thats over! Crazy windy, bumpy greens and a couple fried eggs in the bunker all add up to a lot of shots, hopefully tomorrow is better," she tweeted less than an hour later. The cut of 6 over was the highest on tour this season. "We were all struggling, Jeez Louise," said Paula Creamer, who finished on the cut line after playing two days with Lewis and Suzann Pettersen (10 over). "I had a triple yesterday and between the three of us we had three or four doubles. You dont see that. I cant even tell you the last time I had a double, let alone a triple. But it happens on this golf course. I think everybody is taking it seriously but its hard. Its a different monster out there this year." Feng got the best of the monster in putting heerself in position to win her second LPGA event.dddddddddddd This hasnt been the best of years for Feng, who won six times in 2012 with three wins coming in Japan and two others on the European tour. While she has three top-10 finishes, her best finish was a tie for seventh in Texas. Feng said a big part of the problem was playing old clubs because she could not get the ones she wanted from her old sponsor. Her new Japanese sponsor got her the clubs she wanted a couple of weeks ago. She had hoped to play this past week in the Bahamas. However, she missed the event because of a visa problem that was complicated when a U.S. Embassy in Japan closed for a few days after receiving a "powder" in the mail she said. Feng had little trouble on the golf course Saturday in stark contrast to most of the field. Eight-teen players broke par with only one doing it in the afternoon when Lewis, first-round co-leaders Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Amanda Blumenherst, and Michelle Wie all played. Jutanugarn, the tours leading rookie, and Haeji Kang of South Korea shared second at 3 under. Jutanugarn had a 73, and Kang shot 69. Wie, looking for her first LPGA win in the United States, rolled in four straight birdies on her back nine and was 4 under until a double bogey, bogey finish for a 73 that dropped her to 1 under. "It was tough out there," said Wie, who hit a couple of shots into the tall grass. "It was really tough out there today. And I just got a little bit unlucky on the last hole. I know I played well today, so just got to go out there and just do the same thing tomorrow and hopefully not get into the fescue." The 23-year-old Wie was tied for sixth with Karrie Webb, Hee Young Park and Karine Icher and first-round co-leader Amanda Blumenherst, who finished with a double bogey for a 75 after losing a ball on her last hole. There was a lot of movement on the leaderboard, with those who finished their rounds in the morning making some big moves. Kang jumped from 12th to a tie for second, and Chie Arimura (67) of Japan and Anna Nordqvist (68) made big moves to finish in a tie for fourth at 2 under. 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