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Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram overcame the "Heisman Jinx" with a great game leading Alabama to its 37-21 victory over Texas. It was Alabama's 7th National Championship (depending on how you count them). Only Notre Dame has more with 8. The win cemented Bama's claim to the title of Best All Time College Football Program.
Here's our review and analysis of college football's biggest game of the 2009 - 2010 season.
Oh yea, In the closest vote ever, RB Mark Ingram won the first Heisman Trophy ever for Alabama. Well deserved. Check out the Heisman Vote Breakdown By Region.
Congrats to Alabama Crimson Tide Football: 2009 SEC Football Champ. Read more about the huge win over Florida at Significance of Alabama's Win.
Now it's on to the BCS Championship Game, January 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Rose Bowl means a lot for Alabama as it was the site of the Crimson Tide's first national championship (Jan 1, 1926) which people often say was "the game that changed the south." Let's hope for a repeat. Here's our Alabama vs Texas preview.
Mark Ingram -- wow!! He's a load. At this point, the sophomore Alabama running back should win the Heisman. We'll see. Expect a very late flurry of voting as Heisman voters hold out till after Ingram and Tebow face off in the SEC Championship game on Dec 5. I think ballots will be due on December 9; Heisman announcement on Dec 12.
Congrats to the Tide as they are currently ranked #2 nationally and deserve it. They handily beat Va Tech in the Kickoff Classic; beating the top ACC team there for the second straight year. Bama also has looked impressive in wins against Arkansas and Kentucky and Ole Miss. They struggled a bit against South Carolina and were LUCKY to be Tennessee; but got the job done.
The big game is coming up Nov 7 at home against LSU. LSU has looked better and better and is ranked 9th nationally. The Bama - LSU game will settle the SEC West. Get your tickets to the game at Alabama Football Tickets.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming off a fine 2008 campaign in which the team showed tremendous balance and depth, both of which led the team to a BCS berth. The team managed a 12-2 record overall, and a perfect 8-0 record in the Southeastern Conference. However, the 2008 season did end on a sour note, as the team fell 31-17 in its Sugar Bowl appearance to Utah.
The Alabama defense is going to be the single most important and valuable unit for Crimson Tide football in 2009, as it returns a number of significant contributors from the 2008 squad. LB Rolando McClain is one of the key cogs returning to the Crimson Tide defense in 2009. He amassed 95 tackles over the course of the 2008 campaign. DE Brandon Deaderick is also going to be expected to step up his game play in 2009. He managed 4.0 sacks in 2008, but it is hoped that this number will grow in 2009.
In addition to McClain, the Crimson Tide also return a number of other linebackers that are expected to bolster a corps that is widely considered to be one of the top in the SEC. Dont'a Hightower, Brandon Fanney, and Cory Reamer are key components of that unit. The Crimson Tide also return a deep secondary, featuring safety Justin Woodall, considered by many to be the leader of the team's defensive backfield, as well as cornerbacks Javier Arenas and Kareem Jackson.
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The team may find itself struggling somewhat offensively in 2009. One of the most significant developments that the offense will need to overcome and compensate for is the loss of quarterback John Parker Wilson. His departure means that the solid, steady signal-calling is also gone, and now, the Crimson Tide turns their hopes and fortunes to junior quarterback Greg McElroy.
McElroy does not have a lot of real time game play behind him, but he is still widely regarded to be an intelligent player who can more than capably lead the team on the offensive end. It will be interesting to see how quickly McElroy is able to develop relationships with his wide receiving corps, including 2008's leading WR, Julio Jones. Also key to the development of McElroy, and the advancement of the offense in general, is the success of the team's running game, led primarily by Mark Ingram.
Alabama vs Arkansas will be here before we know it (Sept 26). I was surprised to read that Arkansas has the upper hand in that series, check out the comments to Houston Nutt, The Ghost of Mississippi.
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That said, despite a difficult schedule, and some questions on the offensive side of the ball, the Crimson Tide should once again be one of the best 2 teams in the Southeastern Conference, however, a perfect regular season record will be a tough feat to repeat.
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