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How much better is Alabama with Jones?

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08:26 AM ET 01.05 | One of the nation's best, Barrett Jones, was slowed in LSU-Alabama Part I. Now the question is natural: How different would the outcome back have been that night if Jones had been playing on two good ankles? "I don't know," he said. "It's hard to say what ifs." If Alabama could force overtime that night despite a hobbled Jones, how will the Crimson Tide do in a rematch with a healthy Jones? Second-ranked Alabama (11-1) will meet top-ranked LSU (13-0) on Monday night in the BCS Championship Game in the Superdome in New Orleans. "I actually didn't play that bad, looking back," Jones said of the regular-season loss. "I really didn't know how I played, honestly, during the game, just because all I was focused on was my ankle."

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January 5, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Was Jones the only player who was injured... jessshhhh LUS starting DE didnt play at all

You guys play 8-10 up front, they only have 6 :)

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January 5, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Thank goodness these goofball media hacks have finally discovered the REAL reason LUS won and Bammer lost. Bammer's kicker feels tons better now.

And LUS now has no chance -- you pick'em guys better go adjust your picks now!


<Sarcasm meter calibration required HERE>

January 5, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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TN style D. LOL

3-4-6 gets em every time.

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January 5, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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STs are not part of the game

Don't tell; Standford, Georgia, SDSU, UState, GT, Tulsa et al this bowl season

January 5, 2012  11:54 AM ET

LSU wins either way

January 5, 2012  11:55 AM ET

Well, I'm sure this will be a bash Alabama thread, so I probably won't check in on it much.

January 5, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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Alford gonna sign w/ So Miss...Still going baseball IMO.... Maybe he will do like Wilson...

His HS coach was hired by the new HC at USM. I figure he's going MLB also. When Mullen offered Bo Wallace from juco I knew Alford and Liggins were both gone. Sucks that Channing Ward is reportedly leaning heavily Ole Mess. Mullen and Chris Wilson need to step their game up some more.

January 5, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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true... but Adams is our run stopper.. Mingo the rush specialist.. Hard for Mingo to hold the edge.. to light in the ****

Yeah, I was just messing with ya. MSU needs a Mingo-type in a bad way.

January 5, 2012  12:25 PM ET
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Yeah, I was just messing with ya. MSU needs a Mingo-type in a bad way.

UF needs a Jones-type in a bad way

January 5, 2012  12:34 PM ET

"Jones?? JONES!!!???!! I wonder if he speaks Hovitos?"

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January 5, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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you see... u were wrong no Bama Bashers yet :)

I know. You guys were nicer than normal.

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January 5, 2012  02:07 PM ET

Won't bash Bama but will bash the Bama schedule a little now that the bowl results are (mostly) in. Oregon and WVU wins are looking pretty good for LSU and the B12 wins are looking good for OkSU. The PSU win by Bama, not so much.

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