That is the most fitting word out of any to describe the 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide team. Even after the close loss this past weekend, there are many aspects of this year’s Alabama team that make them as good as they are. Overall, from their veteran head coach in Nick Saban, their offense, to their ability to hold momentum throughout games are what makes this Crimson Tide squad so much of a threat. It is easy to be a Crimson fan.
Another Dominating Defense
Let’s begin with the year leading up to this season. In 2011 Alabama wasn’t considered such a great team as this year. They were definitely beatable last year. That was shown when they were defeated in a game that was as tightly contested as possible by a surging LSU team. However, this loss may have been the sparks that last year’s team needed to come back and eventually make their run at the national championship. This fire led the team to a national championship rematch against LSU. The Tigers were beat down so badly in that game that they barely were able to get on Alabama’s side of the field the entire game. That was the game that inspired this year’s season. In a nutshell, pure defensive dominance with an offense that performs when they are needed to.
This year like most for the Crimson Tide, is their defense. They are arguably the best defense in the nation only allowing 65 points the entire season. This makes their defense the number 1 overall in the country allowing the least points by anyone this season. That isn’t the only part of the ‘Bama’ defense that makes them the stars of the Crimson Tide Show. On the defensive side of the football, Alabama’s players strike fear into the offensive player’s hearts. There is nothing worse for an offensive college football player than seeing Alabama on their schedule; except perhaps going to Alabama and face their brick wall of a defense.
That was the case this year for Denard Robinson and the then #8 Michigan Wolverines. This game was set up to be the star studded spectacle of week #1 of the college football season. Expectations were far from the reality of it. With countless defensive stands and the necessary offensive drives led Alabama to basically blowout Michigan to kick start their season. This momentum is what was able to lead the Crimson Tide to all of their dominating wins this year.
This year’s Alabama offense was the big question this year. Two years removed from the great Mark Ingram and being in their first season without sensation Trent Richardson, it was interesting to see how Nick Saban’s offense would fair. It turns out that great running backs just keep on coming out of Alabama. With two runners in T.J Yeldon and Eddie Lacy averaging over 5 yards a carry, it is a recipe for success.
Alabama mostly relies on high levels of play from their defense. Even with a great defense like the one, if your offense can’t score points there is no possible way to win. No matter how talented or tough a defense can be there is no possible way to get a shutout every game. Alabama has both.
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