The Morning Briefing: November 8, 2018

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Your daily dose of what's going on with the Crimson Tide, including full TV listings

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Men’s and women’s tennis: ITA National Fall Championships, at Tempe, Ariz., all day

How to watch the Crimson Tide

· Men’s and women’s tennis: ITA National Fall Championships, at Tempe, Ariz., all day, ESPN3,Live Stats

• Football: Mississippi State at Alabama, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., CBS, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

•Five Alabama women’s basketball players scored in double figures to lead a 88-40 victory over Southeastern Louisiana at Coleman Coliseum.Senior Shaquera Wade topped them with 20 points, while junior Jasmine Walker had her first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

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• Sophomore Patrick Kaukovalta lost at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships to No. 94 Aleks Kovacevic (Illinois), 6-4. 7-6(3).

• No. 70 Andie Daniell def. No. 16 Emma Davis (Wake Forest) at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, 6-2, 6-3. It’s her third win against a nationally-ranked opponent this fall.

Did you notice?

• Linebacker Christian Miller was named a finalist for the Blanchard-Rogers Trophy, which is awarded each year to the top college football player from the state of South Carolina. He leads the Tide with 10 quarterback hurries and is second in sacks with 7.0.

• Troy athletic director Jeremy McClain told the Selma Times-Journal that the Trojans still want to set something up with Alabama or Auburn, "but they still haven't decided to play us." Tory upset Nebraska earlier this season and won at LSU in 2017. In 2016, Tory lost at eventual national champion Clemson, 30-24.

• John Owning of the Dallas Morning News on Amari Cooper’s debut with the Cowboys on Monday, with five catches on eight targets (no drops) for 58 yards and a touchdown: “Cooper is not only good at running routes, but it’s his conceptual understanding of how and when to use them which separates him from most receivers in the NFL. It may have been in a loss, but Cooper proved that his future will be extremely bright with the Cowboys.”

On this date in Crimson Tide history …

November 8, 2008: Nick Saban returned to an emotionally-charged Tiger Stadium for the first time since leaving LSU and led Alabama to a 27-21 victory in overtime. Safety Rashad Johnson tied a school record with three interceptions, and Julio Jones set up the winning score by John Parker Wilson by dragging his defender to the 1-yard line. In 2014, Alabama broke LSU’s hearts again on this date with a 20-13 OT victory. After an announcement was made asking fans to please not rush the field the defense made a stand at the goal-line, Blake Simsdrove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"It's really not sweeter clinching the [SEC] West in Tiger Stadium. It really isn't. My emotions for this place are positive, not negative. I didn't leave LSU to go to Alabama. I left LSU to go to Miami. Myself and my family learned that we didn't like professional football as much as we liked college. So we had the best opportunity to return to college football at the University of Alabama. There is nothing personal in that for me." – Nick Saban after Alabama defeated LSU in 2008

How to watch this week’s college football games

Includes games with ranked teams, SEC teams, local teams or prominent broadcasts. Rankings are from last week’s College Football Playoff top 25:

Thursday, November 8 (all times CT)

Wake Forest at No. 21 North Carolina State, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, November 9

Louisville at No. 19 Syracuse, 6 p.m., ESPN2

No. 23 Fresno State at Boise State, 9:15 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, November 10

No. 10 Ohio State at Michigan State, 11 a.m., Fox

South Carolina at No. 11 Florida, 11 a.m., ESPN

Navy at No. 12 UCF, 11 a.m., ESPN

TCU at No. 13 West Virginia, 11 a.m., FS1

Wisconsin at No. 14 Penn State, 11 a.m., ABC

Ole Miss at No. 20 Texas A&M, 11 a.m., CBS

Vanderbilt at Missouri, 11 a.m., SEC Network

Troy at Georgia Southern, noon, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 25 Virginia, 2 p.m., ACC Network

No. 18 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS

No. 5 Michigan at Rutgers, 2:30 p.m.

Oklahoma State at No. 7 Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m., ABC

No. 8 Washington State at Colorado, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 9 Kentucky at Tennessee, 2:30 p.m., SEC Network

Northwestern at No. 16 Iowa, 2:30 p.m., Fox

Baylor at No. 24 Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., FS1

UL Monroe at South Alabama, 4 p.m., ESPN+

Oregon at No. 15 Utah, 4:30 p.m. Pac 12 Network

Auburn at No. 6 Georgia, 6 p.m., ESPN

No. 3 LSU at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

Florida State at No. 4 Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m., NBC

No 17 Texas at Texas Tech 6:30 p.m., Fox

No. 2 Clemson at No. 22 Boston College, 7 p.m., ABC