Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide


SEC’s BCS Championship Teams:

#2 SEC BCS Championship team

2009 Alabama Crimson Tide (14-0)

Head coach: Nick Saban
Offensive coordinator: Jim McElwain
Defensive coordinator: Kirby Smart
Average margin of victory: 20.4 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 101-67 (.601)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (5): #2 Texas, #3 Florida, #10 Virginia Tech, #17 LSU, #20 Ole Miss
Key stats: 32.1 PPG offense (#22 CFB), 11.7 PPG defense (#2 CFB)
1st and 2nd round draft picks: Rolando McClain (1st), Kareem Jackson (1st), Mark Ingram (1st), James Carpenter (1st), Marcell Dareus (1st), Julio Jones (1st), Javier Arenas (2nd), Terrence Cody (2nd)

Team buzz: The undefeated 2009 Alabama team checks in as the SEC’s second best BCS National Championship team, and they were led by five first-round picks, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Butkus award winner Rolando McClain. As the trademark of Nick Saban-coached teams, the offense was efficient, while the defense was dominant, led by top talent. The Tide was once again the country’s best defense that season.

2009 Alabama will be remembered for thumping Texas in Pasadena 37-21, but they’ll be most remembered for embarrassing Florida in the SEC Championship 32-13. And it wasn’t even close. Mark Ingram ran at will against Florida for 113 yards and three TDs, and McElroy threw for 239 yards and moved the chains for several first downs. And the tears came from Tim Tebow following the game. I know you remember that.

The play that saved the perfect season was Mt. Cody’s field goal block against Tennessee that secured the 12-10 win against the Volunteers in Tuscaloosa.

Team Schedule

Sept. 5: Alabama 34, Virginia Tech 24 (Atlanta)
Sept. 12: Alabama 40, FIU 14 (Tuscaloosa)
Sept. 19: Alabama 53, North Texas 7 (Tuscaloosa)
Sept. 26: Alabama 35, Arkansas 7 (Tuscaloosa)
Oct. 3: Alabama 38, Kentucky 20 (Lexington)
Oct. 10: Alabama 22, Ole Miss 3 (Oxford)
Oct. 17: Alabama 20, South Carolina 6 (Tuscaloosa)
Oct. 24: Alabama 12, Tennessee 10 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 7: Alabama 24, LSU 15 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 14: Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3 (Starkville)
Nov. 21: Alabama 45, Tennessee-Chattanooga 0 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 27: Alabama 26, Auburn 21 (Auburn)
Dec. 5: Alabama 32, Florida 13 (SEC CG, Atlanta)
Jan. 7: Alabama 37, Texas 21 (BCS NC, Pasadena)

Offensive starters

  • QB Greg McElroy
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • WR Julio Jones
  • WR Marquis Maze
  • TE Colin Peek
  • LT James Carpenter
  • LG Mike Johnson
  • C William Vlachos
  • RG Barrett Jones
  • RT Drew Davis

Defensive starters

  • DE Lorenzo Washington
  • NT Terrence Cody
  • DE Brandon Deaderick
  • OLB Cory Reamer
  • ILB Rolando McClain
  • ILB Dont’a Hightower
  • OLB Eryk Anders
  • CB Kareem Jackson
  • CB Javier Arenas
  • FS Justin Woodall
  • SS Mark Barron



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  • I suppose I’m the first southerner just barely smart enough to do the math and capitulate that Tennessee is SDS’s choice of the best SEC BCS National Championship team.
    You, sir, and your opinions, bring the impact of a very enthusiastic 7 year old.
    In a group response to the question, who was the weakest SEC BCS champion, Tennessee would be pronounced the weakest, with the possible exception of Nick Saban’s 2 loss team.

    • Math has nothing to do with it. If you had looked at the bottom of the article with links other schools, you would have noticed that Tennessee is ranked as the SEC’s 6th best title team. And Nick Saban never had a two-loss BCS champion. I’m not sure what you’re talking about?

  • If you deduced correctly, lost, you would see that the 2008 Florida Gators would make the #1 team. Naturally with my Auburn bias, I would disagree. However if you are looking at margin of victory and draft picks, yes, Auburn’s is not the best. If you don’t like Jon’s articles, no one is forcing you to read them. I, along with others, happen to like Jon’s articles; he puts a lot of thought and energy into them. I appreciate the time you put into this website.

  • Amazingly people forget that Mount Cody blocked 2 field goals in the UT game. If he hadn’t blocked the first one, the one at the buzzer wouldn’t have mattered. Anybody remember how Gary Daniels was upset that they didn’t get Cody for excessive celebration and/or removing his helmet with 1 second on the clock. What a baby.

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