The Alabama Crimson Tide players and coaches celebrate on the field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens after defeating Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship 42-14.
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, offensive MVP Eddie Lacy and defensive MVP CJ Mosley speak to the media following the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the BCS National Title game.
See photos of Alabama’s win of Notre Dame in Miami.
Alabama and Notre Dame held press conferences at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Thursday morning Jan. 3, 2013.
For the individual perspective on Doug Nussmeier, AJ McCarron can speak to the University of Alabama offensive coordinator’s first-year impact on the Crimson Tide as well as anyone. The second-year quarterback believes Nussmeier’s handprint on the offense is evident in his passing statistics.
Alabama and Notre Dame landed at separate South Florida airports Wednesday. According to reports, there was no woofing, no posturing, no intimidation, just the get-down-to-business demeanor of two teams ready to settle things on the football field. But in the rest of America, where I remain until Friday, the rhetoric is flying thick and fast, almost as thick and fast as Jadeveon Clowney himself. And it gets thicker and faster with each passing bowl game. Some of it is just healthy speculation – every conceivable angle for predicting the Alabama-Notre Dame outcome has been explored. Analyzing bowl results for insight probably isn’t any more effective than reading Tarot cards, it probably isn’t any worse than some methods. For instance, Flipper the Sea World dolphin picked the Notre Dame ball with his nose, predicting an Irish win and proving that while dolphins can communicate, they have not yet heard of Harvey Updyke. And, really, did anyone expect a dolphin to pick Nick Saban?
Alabama arrived in Miami on Wednesday afteroon Jan. 2, 2013. Alabama will play Notre Dame on Jan. 7 for the BCS National Championship.
Highlights from the Alabama Crimson Tide’s practice held on 12/18.
As Alabama put together a series of one-sided wins, they began to accumulate playing time in the third and fourth quarters. Running mostly the read or zone option – an offensive set where the quarterback, Blake Sims, takes a shotgun snap and reads the linebackers to decide whether to keep the ball or hand off to Kenyan Drake, his running back mate – they have discovered a rhythm that gives defenses something different to consider.
The University of Alabama placed eight players, the most of any school, on the 2012 Coaches’ All-SEC Football Team, the league office announced Tuesday. The SEC champion Crimson Tide had three of the five first-team linemen – center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack and tackle D.J. Fluker – as well as running back Eddie Lacy on offense. UA also had linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive back Dee Milliner on the first-team on defense. Quarterback AJ McCarron was a second-team selection, as was safety Robert Lester.
Kapron Lewis-Moore remembers arriving at Notre Dame when football was at a low point. He was a redshirt freshman, and the Fighting Irish were slogging through a 7-6 season under former coach Charlie Weis when the snowballs started flying.
Arkansas and Auburn both hired head football coaches on Tuesday. Both coaches – Brett Bielema at Arkansas, Gus Malzahn at Auburn – want to restore their respective teams to the upper reaches of the Southeastern Conference’s West Division, even though the “No Vacancy” sign is flashing, the available spots being occupied by Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU. Auburn and Arkansas were up there in recent memory, but when both fell, both fell hard.
It was Dec. 27, 2011. People were still recovering from the carb-loading excesses of Christmas. Alabama and LSU were preparing for their decisive meeting in the BCS National Championship Game. And, without anyone realizing it, the Southeastern Conference office may have been determining the course of the entire 2012 college football season – its own league championship and maybe the BCS Championship as well – because that was the day that the league’s schedule grid for the 2012 season came out.
First it was Amari Cooper. Then it was Kevin Norwood, and eventually Christion Jones and Kenny Bell pulled up a bit lame. Then, it was Cooper and Norwood once again. The University of Alabama wide receivers have had a rough season from a health standpoint, with at least one receiver being limited or unavailable virtually every game this season. As the Crimson Tide (10-1) prepares to play host to rival Auburn Saturday, the latest concern is for Norwood, who did not play Saturday against Western Carolina. UA coach Nick Saban has said he expects Norwood to be back this weekend.