From Comcast SportsNet TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The LSU and Alabama showdown promises to be a throwback of old-school football. Both the top-ranked and barely tested Tigers and No. 2 and mostly unchallenged Alabama are built on power runs and run-stuffing defenses in a time when spread offenses are en vogue and huddles are optional. "If you want to see 1970s smashmouth,," Alabama tight end Michael Williams said, "then this is what you want to see right here." Yes, Saturday night's game will have a retro feel to it. The vintage philosophies make this one reminiscent of an old Oklahoma-Nebraska or Alabama-Penn State clash. And like those teams, this year's edition of the Tide and Tigers -- both 8-0 with five Southeastern Conference wins -- have racked up double-digit victories But neither Alabama's Nick Saban nor LSU's Les Miles is bringing the wishbone back in fashion. Hitting, and hitting hard, well, that is certainly allowed. Even mandatory. "It's a type of game that ... you don't necessarily see too often nowadays," LSU offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert said. "It is a little more old-school, so I think that'll be something fun to watch for the fans." LSU's Jarrett Lee -- supplemented by the more mobile Jordan Jefferson -- and Alabama sophomore AJ McCarron have been the league's most efficient quarterbacks for the top two scoring offenses. However, Alabama ranks 66th nationally in passing offense, LSU 99th. The Tigers, who have won on five of their last seven visits to Bryant-Denny. do have a significant deep threat in receiver Rueben Randle. The Tide counters with more of a catch-and-run type in speedy Marquis Maze. What fans will see: -- A test of wills. Compact, powerful backs Trent Richardson of Alabama and LSU's Spencer Ware will be running between the tackles into defensive fronts that typically yield little ground. -- Playmakers on defense. An all-star defender making big tackles, forcing a timely turnover or just laying a resounding hit on some unsuspecting player. On Alabama, the likely candidates include linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont'a Hightower, and All-America safety Mark Barron. For LSU, it might be ball-stripping Tyrann Mathieu, fellow cornerback Morris Claiborne or pass rushers Barkevious Mingo or Sam Montgomery. -- Coaching eruptions. It might come from the ultra-intense, scowling Saban or Miles with his penchant for making seemingly odd gambles pay off. With both teams coming off open dates, the hype around the game has been frenzied. Alabama's Williams has heard plenty from friends and family. "Of course, 1 vs. 2, game of the century and all that type of stuff," he said. "You've got to put out the mental clutter." Which isn't to say Williams isn't embracing the hype, even while some teammates downplayed it with that "just another game" spiel. "This is what you come to Alabama for," the tight end said. "Great opportunity for some players. I know the atmosphere will be crazy. This is what you want to play in. It will be one for the ages." It puts the spotlight on a community that was devastated by a deadly tornado in April but has received a regular Saturday pick-me-up from the Tide this fall. "Every time we have a major event here, I think it makes people feel more and more normal about the way things are going," Saban said. This certainly qualifies as major. If the game lives up to its billing and ends up close, the loser's national championship aspirations might not be totally diminished. The loser could have an outside shot at January rematch in New Orleans that really is for the title. Miles isn't thinking about that though, he's content for now to relish a brisk fall Saturday night when temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s. He's practically poetic about it. "How wonderful it is in college football that you have two quality teams that represent two great institutions that will take their best effort to the field to decide something that is difficult, clean and pure as a contest," Miles said. "How wonderful it is for the region to be able to look and enjoy the time of celebration of hard work and team values. "The school wins, the team wins and the state wins. It is a beautiful time. " And fans will have a menu of stars to enjoy. There's a Heisman Trophy candidate in Richardson, who has scored 18 touchdowns on a team that has yielded a third of that total. Mathieu drew early Heisman buzz, too. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder with an uncanny knack for big plays has forced an LSU career record nine fumbles in just under two seasons. Cornerback bookends Claiborne and Alabama's Maze are also two of the SEC's most dangerous kick returners. With that kind of talent on the field, Saban predicts the game will likely come down to turnovers or special teams. Neither team makes back-breaking mistakes, but LSU hardly makes any -- period. The Tigers didn't commit a turnover in October and have forced 18 this season; they have scored touchdowns on half of the resulting drives. "Their turnover ratio is off the charts, in terms of their defense and their ball-hawking style of play," Saban said. "They have lots of guys on defense who can make plays." Then again so does Alabama. LSU's Hebert said it's harder for a team to impose its will on such a physical opponent. "That's a kind of style where if you can't physically match up you're going to find it very hard to be successful," he said. "And that's what's so special about this next game is that both teams physically match up against each other very well."
Game 6 coverage on Saturday, October 22
“Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 6” at 6:00 PM CT on CSN
“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 6” at approx. 10:00 PM CT on CSN
Game 7 coverage (if necessary) on Sunday, October 23
“Cubs Postseason Live: Pregame NLCS Game 7” at 6:00 PM CT on CSN
“Cubs Postseason Live: Postgame NLCS Game 7” at approx. 10:00 PM CT on CSN
CSN to provide massive post-game coverage should the Cubs advance to the World Series
Cubs Hall of Fame legend RYNE SANDBERG joins hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth for each pre-game edition of “Cubs Postseason Live”
“SportsNet Central: Cubs Playoff Central” airs TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT
Chicago, IL (October 21, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs, will continue to provide fans with expanded, surrounding coverage of the Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2016 National League Championship Series!
With the Cubs JUST ONE WIN AWAY from advancing to their first World Series appearance since 1945, the NLCS shifts back to Wrigley Field this weekend for Game 6 tomorrow night (Saturday, October 22) and, if necessary, Game 7 on Sunday night (October 23). For each game, CSN is set to once again deliver expanded, one-hour pre-game editions of Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group, along with extensive post-game coverage on Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Should the Cubs advance to the World Series with a win Saturday night or Sunday night, CSN will provide MASSIVE post-game coverage on Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, featuring the potentially-historic celebratory scenes inside and outside of Wrigley Field and throughout the entire city of Chicago for hours on end.
Hosts David Kaplan (@thekapman) and Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28) will once again be joined by Cubs Hall of Fame legend RYNE SANDBERG for pre-game editions of Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group, which will include up-to-the-minute on-field reports from Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney).
In addition, TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT (and airing at 10:30 PM every evening on non-game nights throughout the playoffs), CSN will provide viewers with expanded Cubs playoff coverage via GMC SportsNet Central: Cubs Playoff Central. This half-hour show, featuring a rotation of Cubs experts including Kaplan, Hollandsworth, Crull, Mooney, and Luke Stuckmeyer, will provide fans with up-to-the-minute Cubs-Dodgers NLCS news and updates, player/manager interviews, workout day feature reports, comprehensive game previews/recaps, and much more.
Please note the following details for Comcast SportsNet’s surrounding Cubs-Dodgers NLCS coverage this weekend:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 (GAME 6)
6:00 PM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group (from Wrigley Field) – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, along with Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview Game 6 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a thorough Game 6 preview featuring pitching match-ups and player analyses, a recap of Games 1-5, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.
10:00 PM (time approx.) – Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (LIVE from Wrigley Field) – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 6, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull, and a preview of Game 7 (if necessary). Should the Cubs win, CSN will provide massive pennant-clinching celebratory coverage inside and outside of Wrigley Field and throughout the city of Chicago for hours on end.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 (GAME 7 – IF NECESSARY)
6:00 PM – Cubs Postseason Live presented by Fields Auto Group (from Wrigley Field) – Hosted by CSN’s David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth, along with Cubs Hall of Fame legend Ryne Sandberg, this special ONE-HOUR, pre-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live will break down and preview the deciding Game 7 of the NLCS featuring numerous interviews, a thorough Game 7 preview featuring pitching match-ups and player analyses, a recap of Games 1-6, along with the latest on-field pre-game reports from Kelly Crull and Patrick Mooney.
10:00 PM (time approx.) – Cubs Postseason Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (LIVE from Wrigley Field) – An expanded post-game edition of Cubs Postseason Live, hosted by Kaplan and Hollandsworth, will feature Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conference, live locker room player interviews, a complete breakdown of the Game 7, plus, additional live on-field, post-game reports from Crull. Once again, should the Cubs win, CSN will provide massive pennant-clinching celebratory coverage inside and outside of Wrigley Field and throughout the city of Chicago for hours on end.
In addition to the comprehensive Cubs NLCS coverage on CSN, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com throughout the playoffs even more comprehensive 24/7 coverage, including:
- Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conferences.
- “Cubs Pulse,” a one-stop social media and behind-the-scenes destination that reveals the latest real time trending topics, player buzz and expert insight from Twitter and Instagram. Plus, “Cubs Pulse” aggregates all Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CubsTalk.
- “Cubs In-Game Live,” – featuring STATS Inc.’s enhanced Game Zone real-time tracking system – is a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combine state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live game broadcasts.
- Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Cubs push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
- CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Cubs playoffs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. CubsTalk contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent, which includes the upcoming #CubsTalk podcast.
- CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney will provide extensive team/player news, special feature stories, and much more throughout the NLCS. Follow him on Twitter @CSNMooney for 24/7 inside access. In addition, Cubs digital reporter and producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) will also provide Cubs reports/features on the beat with Mooney for every NLCS game. Follow @CSNCubs on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and the very latest team news.
- Cubs coverage on CSNChicago.com/Cubs is presented by Wintrust.
The White Sox announced on Friday they have named former MLB infielder Chris Getz as Director of Player Development.
Getz replaces Nick Capra, who after five seasons in his position was named the White Sox third base coach on Oct. 14.
The 33-year-old Getz has spent the last two years with the Kansas City Royals as a baseball operations assistant/player development in which he assisted in minor-league operations and player personnel decisions.
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“I'm excited about the opportunity to help teach and develop young talent in the organization where my professional career began,” Getz said in a press release. “I was drafted twice, worked through the minor leagues, and reached the major leagues with the White Sox. Through this journey, I was able to gain an understanding of the individuals within this organization, who I respect greatly. The director of player development is an important role, and the health of the minor-league system is vital for major-league success. I look forward to putting my all into making the White Sox a strong and winning organization.”
White Sox Senior VP/general manager Rick Hahn added: “We are pleased to add Chris’ intellect, background and energy to our front office. He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago.”
Getz, originally a fourth-round selection by the White Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Michigan, played in seven MLB seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Blue Jays (2014).
Getz had a career slash line of .250/.309/.307 with three home runs, 111 RBI and 89 stolen bases.