Published September 1, 2012 - 11:55pm
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Alabama arguably lost more talent after 2011 than any other team in college football. Alabama clearly reloaded for 2012 better than any other team in college football.
A supposedly up-and-coming Michigan program was no match for the Crimson Tide on Saturday night in Arlington, TX. Despite a three-and-out to start the game, Saban’s squad dominated early and fast putting the game out of reach quickly.
Heisman hopeful Denard Robinson’s speed was in check all night, and yet again, the dominant SEC defenses which has held superstars from other conferences in check for several years now was on display for the country. Moreover, Denard was banged up all night taking hits he’s clearly not used to taking (one he even foolishly delivered himself to Dee Milliner after throwing an interception).
The Alabama offense – namely the running game – was dominant and consistent all night. A few quick notes:
- Alabama had 231 yards rushing
- Freshman TJ Yeldon led the team with 111 yards on 10 carries.
- QB AJ McCarron was efficient with 199 yards on 11 of 21 passing.
The Bama defense is legitimate, but Denard – not an elite passer – made a few passes in the 2nd half indicating that perhaps an elite passer could exploit the Alabama defense in the passing game. All eyes will be on the Alabama-Arkansas game in two weeks.
For now, however, Alabama and Nick Saban have put the world of college football on notice: the Tide still reign.