After watching Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers take their place in the BCS Championship game the season before, and then as a devastating tornado wreaked havoc in their backyard the following spring, the Alabama Crimson Tide took it upon them to make a difference. Alabama players and staff were front and center as the cleanup carried out after that devastating F-5 storm that included 62 tornadoes, left 250 dead and more than 2,500 injured, and then when it came to make a difference on the football field, they didn’t disappoint. It took four missed field goals for the Crimson Tide to fall short in their only loss of the regular season, a 9-6 overtime decision versus the LSU Tigers, but when they got another chance in the BCS Championship game they made their statement. Alabama rolled to a dominant 21-0 shutout win over the Tigers and claimed its second national title in three years. Heading in to the 2012 season, the goal now for the Crimson Tide is to not repeat what happened the last time they won a national title, when they lost three games and missed out on a BCS Bowl the following college football betting season.
Head coach Nick Saban’s roster should be in good shape despite losing more players to the draft than any other team, particularly because there are several key players returning on both sides of the ball, and Alabama also netted the nation’s top recruiting class once again. One of those returning players that will be crucial to the overall success is starting quarterback AJ McCarron, who completed 66-percent of his passes for 2,634 yards and 16 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season. With Heisman trophy candidate Trent Richardson moving on to the NFL, McCarron will be asked to do even more in 2012, especially with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier coming on board after Jim McElwain left to become the head coach at Colorado State. The Crimson Tide is very excited about running back Eddie Lacy, who takes over the starter, and prize recruit TJ Yeldon will give them another solid sports betting option.
Alabama suffered an even bigger online college football betting hit on the defensive side of the ball where the team lost seven starters, but nearly every replacement got significant playing time last season on a unit that led the nation in pass defense, run defense, and scoring defense. Senior Jesse Williams is back on the defensive line and should slide over to the middle as the team’s new nose tackle, opening the door for senior Quinton Dial to start at the end spot opposite Damion Square. Nico Johnson and CJ Mosley are each back at the second level, with sophomore Trey DePriest set to take over for the departed Dont’a Hightower in the middle. The secondary will be the biggest concern as Alabama replaces three All-American defenders, but senior safety Robert Lester is back and could be paired next to sophomore Vinnie Sunseri, son of Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri.
While on paper the Crimson Tide might not have the strongest roster in the online betting nation, there is a ton of talent here and we still have to see what some of the top recruiting classes from the past few years will net this team in terms of skill. Alabama has a tough schedule that includes a stretch of three road games in four weeks culminating with a trip to Baton Rouge to face LSU, but if they can survive that stretch they should be on the radar for another BCS bowl bid should they fall short of another national title run.
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