The Morning Briefing: October 6, 2018

The man from Arkansas, Paul W. "Bear" Bryant, was an end for Alabama from 1933-35.Courtesy of the Bryant Museum.

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

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

•Men’s tennis: USTA $25k Futures at Houston, Texas, all day

• Football: Alabama at Arkansas, 11 a.m., ESPN

How to watch the Crimson Tide

• Football: Alabama at Arkansas, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN, Live Audio

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

•Men’s tennis: Senior Mazen Osama, who was the No. 2 seedat the ITA Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., was bounced in the Round of 32 by No. 91 Bar Botzer (Wake Forest) 6-0, 6-7(9), 6-3.

Did you notice?

• Arkansas Coach Chad Morris said he was a high school coach in Texas when he first met Alabama Coach Nick Saban. "He recruited my school several times when I was coaching high school ball," Morris told the Northwest Arkansas Times. Morris said Saban was "just what you see now" as a recruiter. "Very intense and understanding of what he wants," Morris said. "A great evaluator of talent. Knows exactly what fits his style."

• Former Auburn coach and current ESPN analyst Gene Chizik was the guest speaker at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club this week and said he was impressed with the way the Razorbacks responded from a 17-0 deficit against Texas A&M. "It was an amazing, amazing feat of guys digging their cleats in and digging their heels in and saying 'no,' " Chizik said. "Next thing, you look up in the fourth quarter and it's a one-possession game with a chance to win at the end. Now the downside is you have absolutely no chance of that happening this week [against No. 1 Alabama]. No offense. But I'm an analyst, and I've got to tell it the way I see it."

• Arkansas starting tailback Devwah Whaley, who suffered a concussion at Auburn two weeks ago, isn’t expected to play against Alabama. Center Dylan Hays, the projected starter before undergoing back problems in camp, has been granted a medical hardship. Sophomore Ty Clary is expected to make just his third career start at center against Alabama nose tackle Quinnen Williams, but the first two opponents were Auburn and Texas A&M.

On this date in Crimson Tide history …

October 6, 1986: Hall of Fame coach Wallace Wade died at the age of 94 at his Durham, N.C. home. Wade led Alabama’s first three national championships while compiling a 61-13-3 record and .813 winning percentage from 1923-30.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“If I could reach my students like that, I'd teach for nothing.”_ An Alabama professor after seeing a pre-game talk by Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant

How to watch this week’s college football games

Includes games with ranked teams, SEC teams, local teams or prominent broadcasts:

Saturday, October 6

No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas, 11 a.m., ESPN

No. 19 Texas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma, 11 a.m., Fox

Kansas at No. 9 West Virginia, 11 a.m., ESPN2

Maryland at No. 15 Michigan, 11 a.m., ABC

Northwestern at No. 20 Michigan State, 11 a.m., FS1

Missouri at South Carolina, 11 a.m., SEC Network

Boston College at No. 23 North Carolina State, 11:30 a.m., ACC Network

No. 4 Clemson at Wake Forest, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Florida, 2:30 p.m., CBS

Florida State at No. 17 Miami, 2:30 p.m., ABC

Iowa State at No. 25 Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

South Alabama at Georgia Southern, 2:30 p.m., ESPN3

Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State, 3 p.m., Fox

Arizona State at No. 21 Colorado, 3 p.m., Pac 12 Network

UL Monroe at Ole Miss, 3 p.m. SEC Network

SMU at No. 12 UCF, 6 p.m., ESPNU

No. 13 Kentucky at Texas A&M, 6 p.m., ESPN

Vanderbilt at No. 2 Georgia, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

No. 8 Auburn at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2

No. 10 Washington at UCLA, 6:30 p.m., Fox

Nebraska at No. 16 Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network

No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 24 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m., ABC

Utah at No. 14 Stanford, 9:30 p.m., ESPN