Ten issues we realized from the FIFA eWorld Cup

Ten issues we realized from the FIFA eWorld Cup

variety of historic firsts at 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup

  • ‘MsDossary’ triumphant, favourites falter at quarter-finals
  • list prize money, live streams in 4 languages and extra
  • Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary tasted world glory at the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup, recording a cushty 4-0 combination victory over Belgium’s Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna in London. The Saudi Arabian became the remaining man standing after 32 of competitive FIFA gaming’s elite vied for the correct to be named the EA sports FIFA 18 World Champion.

    Three wonderful days full of exhilaration, drama and desires unfolded on the O2, setting for the eSports motion, as the curtain closed on the existing campaign.

    FIFAm runs the rue over this 12 months’s Grand closing, which supplied a number of ancient firsts – from the new trophy judi online and listing prize cash to the introduction of anti-doping and in shape manipulation measures.

    1. another trophy for ‘MsDossary’ 2018 become rather the yr on the FIFA circuit for ‘MsDossary’. The Saudi Arabian became successful within the FUT Champions Cup Manchester in April and followed up with a second honour in London. The Grand last victory signifies an incredible landmark within the 18-12 months-historic’s already-staggering profession. may this be the initiate of an era of ‘MsDossary’ dominance?

    2. extra raises in prize funds 2017 marked a major milestone for aggressive FIFA gaming with the introduction of a $200.”000 USD prize for the winner – and this yr the stakes have been even greater. The 2018 Grand final had the highest prize funds in aggressive FIFA gaming historical past. An increased total prize pool of over $four hundred.”000 USD become up for grabs, with $250.”000 USD going to the champion.

    3. Favourites falter true seeds Michael ‘Megabit’ Bittner and Nicolas ‘nicolas99fc’ Villalba sent out a daunting message to the competition on the outlet day, each and every emerging with best statistics. but youngsters they appeared unstoppable on Day One, the German and Argentinian exited at the quarter-finals on Day Two. Xbox’s ‘Megabit’ fell to eventual champion ‘MsDossary’, while PlayStation’s Nicolas become eliminated through Denmark’s Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen.

    four. Defending champion hoodoo continues considering that the introduction of the FIFA eWorld Cup, previously wide-spread as the FIFA Interactive World Cup FIWC, the reigning champion has under no circumstances retained their title, reflecting the extremely competitive nature of the tournament. 2017 winner Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing became in London this year to preserve his crown but fell to Kurt ‘kurt0411’ Fenech in the quarter-finals.

    5. German despair Eight Germans reached the Grand closing in London, making them through a long way the most represented nation on the match. With the ambitious ‘Megabit’, the skilled Kai ‘deto’ Wollin and more, many expected the Germans to head a long way. but all had departed after the quarter-remaining stage.

    6. world insurance English, Spanish, German and chinese – the FIFA eWorld Cup changed into reside streamed in 4 languages, with commentary groups featuring skilled analysis and response over three days. The match turned into brought to users on a plethora of warm media platforms, which included FIFA’s personal facebook, , Twitter, YouTube and, of route, FIFAm.

    7. Anti-doping controls For the first time in the competitors’s historical past, anti-doping measures have been delivered for the 32 players collaborating within the Grand closing. Controls noticed avid gamers selected by way of random or centered strategies in accordance with the realm Anti-Doping Code.

    eight. Integrity requisites another first at the Grand Finals saw the FIFA Integrity branch implement integrity-linked measures, fully monitoring pre-fit and live having a bet markets worldwide for any fit manipulation alert, incident or suspicion to protect the integrity of the game.

    9. FIFA 19 sneak peek earlier than Saturday’s closing, fans gazing in the O2 have been handled to an unique preview of FIFA 19 ahead of subsequent month’s legitimate free up. New elements equivalent to division rivals, player picks and dynamic strategies have been as well as one of the vital icons blanketed on the brand new version.

    10. eSports continues to start From live pronounces in 4 languages to extended prize funds and viewing figures, aggressive FIFA gaming has skilled excellent growth over the remaining variety of years – and its reach is carrying on with to increase. Over 20 million took part in qualifying for the FIFA eWorld Cup, whereas a crowd on the O2 – one of the vital world’s most iconic tune and amusement venues – turned into reachable to peer the motion uncover are living.

 

‘Msdossary’ topped FIFA eWorld Cup champion

‘Msdossary’ topped FIFA eWorld Cup champion

Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary topped EA sports FIFA 18 World Champion

  • Saudi Arabian beats Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna in last Showdown
  • Claims $250,000 USD prize and new FIFA eWorld Cup trophy
  • Over 20 million participated in qualifying. Thirty-two made it to the Grand remaining. One lifted the FIFA eWorld Cup trophy. Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary became proclaimed the EA activities FIFA 18 World Champion after a 4-0 seize on combination over Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna on the O2 in London.

    ‘Msdossary’ appeared in firm handle all the way through the idn poker final in front of a watching crowd at the iconic London arena, whereas many extra worldwide watched the action trot out by way of reside streams in four diverse languages.

    ‘Msdossary’, the winner of April’s FUT Champions Cup Manchester, claimed a impressive $250.”000 USD prize, a trip to subsequent month’s The most fulfilling FIFA soccer Awards and, of path, the new FIFA eWorld Cup trophy. FIFAm recaps the final Showdown, the place a new world champion was crowned.

    bold 4 do battle The day kicked off with a mouthwatering conflict on Xbox. ‘Msdossary’ and Kurt ‘kurt0411’ Fenech locked horns within the first semi-closing, both carrying significant momentum after spectacular quarter-final wins in opposition t Michael ‘Megabit’ Bittner and Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing respectively. It become ‘Msdossary’ who ran out positive, environment the tone by booking his remaining region in emphatic style with a eight-3 combination victory.

    On PlayStation, Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen went into the semi-finals with a whole lot of confidence having pulled off one of the most shocks of the match the previous day. The Dane had defeated proper seed Nicolas ‘nicolas99fc’ Villalba within the quarter-finals to strengthen to the closing 4 in mind-blowing vogue. however, the playstation crown finally belonged to Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna. After losing the first leg 2-1, the Belgian showed large character to fight back to prefer 4-3 after an exhilarating 2nd leg that went to added-time.

    FIFA 19 sneak peek ahead of the Grand last, lovers at the O2 got a sneak height of FIFA 19 and the brand new facets it is going to have before its official free up subsequent month. eSports expert and Grand final host ChuBoi was first on the controller, highlighting new activations such as division competitors, participant picks, dynamic tactics, as smartly because the icons included on the new version. people that turned out on the iconic London venue additionally took in a celebrity FIFA event which featured England’s girls internationals Jordan Nobbs and Leah Williamson, in addition to reading’s David Meyler and singer-songwriter Zak Abel.

    final Showdown both finalists re-entered the enviornment to a cordial reception as they took centre stage to fight for the $250,000 USD prize and the new trophy. ‘Msdossary’ regarded amazing and unexcited from the off. After the Xbox titan won 2-0 on the favored psconsole of opponent ‘StefanoPinna’ in the first leg, the Saudi Arabian possessed a massive abilities going into the second match.

    The FUT Champions Cup winner, searching at ease during, held enterprise to record one other 2-0 victory to cap off a powerful victory and get his arms on the trophy. With the aid of his family unit via the facet of the stage, ‘Msdossary’ noted his satisfaction of being able to characterize his country on the international stage.

    The 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup Champion: ‘Msdossary’ 🏆 🇸🇦

    Posted by way of FIFA eWorld Cup on Saturday, four August 2018

    What they noted‘Msdossary’: “I’ve made my country proud with the aid of bringing home the trophy. here’s my 2nd experience in the UK and it’s my second prefer, so I believe this is my second home. I’m amazing on both consoles and that i defended very smartly on each games. I deserved to get two clear sheets in each legs.

    “I haven’t decided what to do with the $250,000 USD. My goal each year is to hold extra trophies. last 12 months I received one and this 12 months I’ve got two. It’s an honour to be the primary winner of the new trophy. hopefully i will be able to maintain getting more desirable and superior.”

    ‘StefanoPinna’: “It turned into a tricky video game for me, principally on the Xbox aspect. On the playstation tie, I didn’t rating my options and he did. I couldn’t play with my average style as a result of the pressure he became placing on and his defence is amazing. I need to thank all my lovers for assisting me. I couldn’t go all of the approach but I’m happy with myself. ‘Msdossary’ is a deserved winner and congratulations to him.”

    The stat2 – ‘Msdossary’ is the second Saudi Arabian winner of the tournament. His compatriot Abdulaziz Alshehri received the 2015 version of the competition, then ordinary as the FIFA Interactive World Cup FIWC.

 

Master of fright, demon of light Danny Elfman brings ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ to the Bowl

Master of fright, demon of light Danny Elfman brings ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ to the Bowl

Here in Southern California, there’s no shortage of Halloween treats, especially at the Hollywood Bowl.

That’s where, for the next three nights, there will be a live screening of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” This animated dark fantasy film from 1993 centers on Jack Skellington who lives in a poker termurah place called Halloween Town.

Jack, the pumpkin king, is adored by town residents, including his love interest Sally, for his abilities to frighten folks each fall.

Jack’s Lament

Yep, Jack’s grown tired of spooks and scares. Then one day comes across a portal to a place known as Christmas Town and he’s smitten.

Jack hatches a plan to kidnap Santa Claus and take his place, but it doesn’t work out quite according to plan.

The soundtrack for the film was written by musician Danny Elfman, who will also be singing the part of Jack Skellington at this weekend’s Hollywood Bowl shows.

Elfman has been hard at work preparing for this weekend, but he took some time to chat with Alex Cohen about the film and upcoming shows.

He began by explaining how he and Tim Burton created the film:

“Tim would come over to my house with drawings and we spent a number of months not sure how to start because neither of us really had a blueprint for how you begin this kind of project.”

They started with the songs. Elfman tells how Burton would explain his story ideas and then show the drawings he’d put together:

“‘I’d go, ‘oh, oh okay great,’ and I’d go off and I’d spend about three days writing a song, and he’d come back and go ‘oh, yeah, okay great,’ and I’d write the next song. We kind of did this every couple of days for a month until we had 10 songs.”

Their lack of experience in penning movie musicals actually proved to be a bit of a boon, Elfman believes, because it liberated them from some of the standard musical cliches and conventions you see in animated films.

“I wanted the songs to have a feeling like they could come from just about any age. It’s hard to tell, is this from the 30’s? Could this be from the 60’s? Could this be from the 80’s? Could this be from Gilbert and Sullivan or Kurt Weill from 1917?”

The result was a fabulous soundtrack and music much unlike what Elfman had spent most of his career making. Back in the 1970’s, Elfman fronted a new wave group called Oingo Boingo.

Elfman told me the more he worked on “The Nightmare before Christmas,” the more he wanted to leave Oingo Boingo and the closer he felt to protagonist Jack Skellington.

“I really felt a kinship with Jack being the kind of king of his own little land and really wanting out of it.”

Get out he did. The band broke up a few years after “The Nightmare Before Christmas” came out and he went on to have a successful career composing music for films, including more than a dozen with Tim Burton.

The pair was so strong that they were often approached to do concerts of their movie music, but  Elfman says he had no interest.

But then the Royal Albert Hall in London called, and Elfman said yes. The concert organizer wondered if the musician wanted to be part of the show.

“He asked me ‘would you consider singing a song or two?’ And I said ‘yeah, sure, why not?’ and I said it rather flippantly. And then six months later when it was closer to actually doing the concert I remember asking, ‘did I say I would do a song?’ and he said ‘yeah,’ and I said ‘let’s cancel that.'”

This would be the place to mention that, believe it or not, Danny Elfman suffers from pretty terrible stage fright.

“I hadn’t sung in 18 years. I’d never sung any of these songs live so I kind of tried a few of them…and oh…these are really hard to sing.”

But tickets to the Royal Albert Hall had been sold. The show had to go on. He recalls sitting backstage, petrified.

“I was sitting there, trying to get myself ready to walk out and kind of thinking, maybe I should just turn around, go out the exit and find a bar. And Helena Bonham Carter was sitting behind me, she was on the floor, she was going to sing Sally for “Sally’s Song” and she’s looking at me going ‘Danny, what’s up?’ And I’m like ‘uhh, I don’t know if I can do this,’ and I remember she looked at me and she goes, ‘come on. Come on. F**k it, right?’ and I said, ‘yeah, absolutely, f**k it.’ That’s the story of my life!”

Elfman says the night turned out magically.

“I remembered there’s a feeling you get on stage when it’s good, where you feel like you can fail and it’ll be okay. They’re not going to kill you, they don’t hang people…it’s like if you goof up, it’s okay, you’ll start again, you’ll be fine. And that feeling kind of came back and  everything was good.”

And so, Elfman decided to take it one step further, to perform as Jack for all of the songs in “The Nightmare Before Christmas” screened in front of an audience with a live orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.

Last year on Halloween weekend, he was joined on stage by other vocal performers in the film, including actress Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman, and Ken Page, who plays a character named Oogie Boogie.

Oogie Boogie’s song

In addition to the film and the musical performances and the movie, there’s trick-or-treating and a costume contest. It’s quite the Halloween Carnival—two of the shows have already sold out.

But this will be the last time Danny Elfman performs “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Hollywood Bowl.

So, why not make it an annual tradition?

“…because, the word annual rubs me wrong. I did a Halloween show with Oingo Boingo for like, 15 years and it was like every Halloween we’re doing a Halloween show and I got to a point where I hated the fact that it was expected of me, it was anticipated. I mean people would be telling me in July, ‘hey man, I’ll be seeing you at your Halloween show, and I’m going ‘this is wrong,.’ I don’t like being this scheduled and predictable and doing what I’m supposed to be doing and knowing that far in advance what I’m going to be doing.”

That news was heartbreaking, but understandable.

After all, Danny Elfman felt that connection to Jack Skellington when he first wrote the music. and he still does. Like the pumpkin king, Elfman is always relishing in the new and unexpected. Something celebrated when Skellington first finds himself in Christmas town.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” with Danny Elfman will be performed Friday night, Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Click the blue audio player above to hear the interview.

 

Comic Con is like Christmas in July for movie lovers

Comic Con is like Christmas in July for movie lovers

Summer blockbusters have been a staple of the film industry for decades. Each year, at least half a dozen big hits amass an unbelievable amount of money at the box office.

This year, we had “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in the span of just three weeks, not to mention poker indonesia other summer hits like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Ant-man and the Wasp” and “redibles 2,” among others.

But blockbusters aren’t the only thing that can get movie lovers really excited during the sweltering summer months.

Usually held some time in July, San Diego Comic Con is like the super bowl for lovers of pop culture, comic books, movies and entertainment as a whole.

It’s at SDCC that big studios, both film and TV, hold press conferences and cast panels and release teaser trailers and sneak peaks of what they’ve been working on — just enough to whet your appetite and get fans talking.

This year was a strange one, but it did not leave anyone wanting. Studios that regularly blow it out of the water at SDCC were not there, and that gave others a chance to shine.

The two most notable absences from this year’s SDCC were Marvel Studios and HBO.

Fresh off the success of “Avengers: Infinity War” and the release of “Ant-man and the Wasp,” Marvel is playing its cards close to the chest for the next year.

Marvel’s next release, “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson, won’t be out until some time in spring 2019, just before the still untitled Avengers sequel.

Those who have seen “Infinity War” will understand why.

HBO is in a similar situation with their juggernauts “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” With “Westworld” just ending its second season, there’s really nothing to show at this point anyway.

Meanwhile, filming is coming to a close on the final season of “Game of Thrones.” HBO is keeping everything about the final season tightly under wraps until its 2019 release date, which is still to be determined.

By contrast, Warner Bros. Entertainment brought everything to the table.

In addition to numerous panels, Warner Bros. set up a full exhibit dedicated to DC Comics just across the street from Hall H of the San Deigo Convention Center, where SDCC is held each year.

There, fans could get a close-up look at movie props, storyboards and more from their favorite DC movies, from “Batman” starring Adam West in 1966 to “Justice League” and more.

DC also revealed the trailers for “Aquaman,” to be released later this year, and “Shazam!,” to be released in 2019.

They also had a sneak peak of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which is just weeks into filming, as well as a look at the upcoming seasons of DC TV shows “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Arrow,” among others.

In addition to DC, Warner Bros. also released the trailer for the next installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.

Johnny Depp addressed the panel in full costume and makeup what a surprise as Gellert Grindlewald, the antagonist of the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.”

Also released was the trailer for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” the follow-up to “Godzilla” 2014 which starred Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

The sequel stars Millie Bobby Brown of “Stranger Things,” Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights” and Vera Farmiga of “Bates Motel.”

AMC also showed up to talk about the ninth season of “The Walking Dead,” which they confirmed would be the last season for star Andrew Lincoln, who plays central protagonist Rick Grimes.

Lucasfilm also made the surprise announcement that they were reviving the beloved “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” TV series for a final season.

“The Clone Wars” was canceled after five full seasons when Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney in 2013.

A sixth season was later released on Netflix, and fans have been clamoring for more ever since.

This year’s SDCC definitely had a little something for everyone. Though not there in person, I, for one, felt like a kid at Christmas.

CHANCE FARMER is a Martin resident and is copy editor and lifestyles editor at The Post-Intelligencer. He can be reached by email at cfarmerparispi.

 

KU’s Steven Sims, Khalil Herbert eyeing bowl game in 2018

KU’s Steven Sims, Khalil Herbert eyeing bowl game in 2018

Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports

FRISCO, Texas — David Beaty  held back on making any bold predictions at the 2018 Big 12 football Media Day.

One year after predicting an increased win-total for his squad at the event, Beaty only predicted that the team would know its standing by Christmas — meaning he wasn’t going to throw out a number or any set expectation.

The players, though, did want to make one thing clear.

“It’s different, it’s different. I think we’ve got the right guys, right attitudes, ready to come in and work,” said junior running back Khalil Herbert . “We’ve got a lot of seniors, so the experience is there. I think we just have the right guys now in the locker room.”

During the player interview session, Herbert was asked if bowl-eligibility was  poker online a goal of the Jayhawks, who had won just three total games in the Beaty-era three seasons.

After responding with a “yes sir,” Herbert expanded a little on why he feels the way he does.

“I want to do anything in my power to help the seniors get a bowl before they leave,” Herbert said. “So that’s a goal. Win games. Bowl game.”

Others didn’t even need to be prompted by the idea.

Senior wideout Steven Sims agreed with Herbert’s assessment, than an older 2018 KU football squad should be more prepared than the teams of past years.

“Yeah, definitely, we noticed that,” Sims said of the number of experienced players. “We know this is probably the most experienced team since I’ve been here the last four years. So I think this is going to be a big year for us. Our leadership and the things we’ve learned from our mistakes have to take over this year.”

Asked for his individual goals, Sims’ first four words had nothing to do with a statistic — at least an individual one.

“Win a bowl game. Just win,” Sims said. “Just help my team win in any way possible, special teams, just do whatever I can to help my team win.”

While the goal may seem out there, it’s far from shocking that players on a college team would have high hopes for their program.

Even with the players who didn’t go as far as to predict a bowl game, there seemed to be some consensus in setting goals that would be considered by some to be impossible to reach.

“The next step is to continue to focus on the small things, continue to work hard, continue to take care of our bodies off the field, stuff that’s going to help us on the field,” said senior defensive lineman Daniel Wise . “Obviously we want to win games and be the best defense in the Big 12, so I think the steps to take to do that are continue to work hard off the field and get your body right.”

Regardless, with Fall Camp underway and the first practice of August taking place on Friday, the Jayhawks will get their chance to work toward those markers.

KU’s season will kick off on Sept. 1 against Nicholls State at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

‘Christmas’ arrives for Saban, Tide as camp opens

‘Christmas’ arrives for Saban, Tide as camp opens

Nick Saban has frequently compared the day before training camp opens as an early Christmas Day.

That’s because he and his wife, Terry, distribute funds from their Nick’s Kids Foundation to charitable projects throughout Alabama and the Southeast. During Thursday’s annual giveaway luncheon event at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Nick’s Kids distributed over $500,000 to children’s organizations.

For Alabama fans, today’s start of training camp is a bit like an daftar poker early Christmas. For reporters covering the Crimson Tide, Christmas comes on Saturday, when the Tide’s new coordinators Tosh Lupoi defense and Mike Locksley offense have their only press conference of the season until the bowl game.

So everybody’s in the holiday spirit as August opens. Alabama won its fifth national championship in the past nine years with a heart-stopping overtime victory over Georgia in January.

A number of questions will have to be answered to put this team in position for another playoff berth.

A ton of attention, of course, is on the quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts is 26-2 as a starter, but was benched with Alabama trailing Georgia 13-0 at halftime of the championship game. Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench and led the Tide’s comeback victory.

By acclimation, Tagovailoa gives the team a more balanced attack than Hurts. Hurts doesn’t make mistakes, but his apparent limitations in the passing game became more apparent against good defenses last season.

Saban at SEC Media Days sounded like he was in no hurry to pick a winner in the quarterback derby. He insisted the job is open and that the starter will have to “win the team” by what he does in fall camp.

“I love both guys. They’re both really good competitors,” Saban said in Atlanta last month. “They are really good people. They are good leaders. They both make great contributions to our team. They are very well liked. …

“I think it’s our job to give both players a very fair opportunity to have a chance to win the team at their position. Obviously, both are capable. We’ll create a role for one or both of those guys.”

Quarterback is far from the only concern. As the coach said, both quarterbacks can do the job. Only three starters are back on defense. All five regulars in the secondary – cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Levi Wallace, safeties Hootie Jones and Ronnie Harrison and nickelback Minkah Fitzpatrick – have departed.

Senior inside linebackers Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton graduated. Mack Wilson and Dylan Moses have huge shoes to fill there. No one questions their talent, but there is no substitute for experience.

Up front, starters Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs are back. But the Tide will miss Da’Ron Payne and Da’Shawn Hand.

Both specialists, including punter JK Scott and kicker Andy Pappanastos, have graduated.

There are fewer concerns on offense. The running back corps is deep and experienced, led by Damien Harris, who has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons.

Center Bradley Bozeman graduated, but the other four starters are back. Ross Pierschbacher, who has started 42 games at left guard, will slide over to center. Jonah Williams, Matt Womack and Lester Cotton are returning starters. Sophomore Alex Leatherwood should be fighting for a starting spot and there is a lot of depth – albeit it untested – at that position.

Receivers Calvin Ridley, Cam Sims and Robert Foster have moved on, but Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III had tremendous contributions as freshmen in 2017.

Great expectations: Alabama earned the preseason No. 1 national ranking in the Amway Preseason Coaches Poll released Thursday. The Tide has been ranked in the top three in preseason polls each of the last nine seasons.

Alabama received 61 of a possible 65 first-place votes in the poll. Clemson holds down the No. 2 spot in the preseason rankings while Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma check in at spots 3-5, respectively. Auburn is ranked No. 10 in the poll.

The Tide will play three teams in the poll – No. 10 Auburn, No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 25 LSU. Other teams receiving votes in the poll including Tide opponents Texas A&M, Arkansas and Louisville. Alabama and Louisville open the season Sept. 1 in Orlando at 7 p.m.

Watching the Tide: Eleven players are on at least one watch list for 12 college football awards. Running back Damien Harris and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis are both on three of these national lists. Harris is on the Maxwell Award player of the year, Doak Walker Award outstanding running back and Walter Camp player of the year lists. Davis is drawing attention for the Bednarik Award defensive player of the year, the Nagurski Trophy defensive player of the year and the Walter Camp.

Others on watch lists are quarterbacks Hurts Maxwell Award and O’Brien Award for quarterback of the year and Tagovailoa Maxwell; linebacker Anfernee Jennings Butkus Award for linebacker of the year and Bednarik, Mack Wilson Butkus and Bednarik, Dylan Moses Butkus, Jonah Williams Outland Trophy for outstanding interior lineman, Trevon Diggs Paul Hornung Award for most versatile player, Pierschbacher Rimington Trophy for best center and Outland Trophy, and tight end Hale Hentges Mackey Award for outstanding tight end and Wuerffel Trophy for outstanding player in his community.

Fan Day is Saturday: Alabama’s annual Fan Day, which historically has been held on the first Sunday of camp, instead will be this Saturday.

The Tide holds an open practice in Bryant-Denny from 2:30 to 4:30 then holds its annual autograph session on the field beginning around 4:45 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the first 150 fans in line at Gate 25 will receive color-coded wristbands for early entrance to the 45-minute autograph session. Fans getting a wristband will need to report to Gate 25 at 4 p.m. to start lining up.

Fans can enter the stadium starting at 1:30 through gates 9 and 19. Concession stands on the west side will be open.

In case of bad weather, Fan Day will be moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.