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Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide

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SEC’s BCS Championship Teams:

#3 SEC BCS Championship team

2011 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)

Head coach: Nick Saban
Offensive coordinator: Jim McElwain
Defensive coordinator: Kirby Smart
Average margin of victory: 26.7 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 91-63 (.591)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (2): #2 LSU, #5 Arkansas
Key stats: 34.9 PPG offense (#20 CFB), 8.2 PPG defense (#1 CFB)
1st and 2nd round draft picks: Trent Richardson (1st), Mark Barron (1st) Dre Kirkpatrick (1st), Dont’a Hightower (1st), Dee Miliner (1st), Chance Warmack (1st), D.J. Fluker (1st), Courtney Upshaw (2nd), Eddie Lacy (2nd)

Team buzz: 2011 Alabama was led by arguably one of the most dominant defenses ever in college football. The Tide allowed opponents just 8.2 points per game, and the Tide’s defense was so destructive, it became the first unit since the ‘86 Sooners to lead the country in scoring, passing, rushing and total defense.

The only loss came in the ‘Game of the Century’ against LSU 9-6. However, they paid the Tigers back with their dominant 21-0 showing in New Orleans that limited the Tigers to just 92 yards of total offense. This is the one game several will point to that helped usher in the new College Football Playoff era.

Led by a first-year starter in AJ McCarron , the offense ran right through defenses with Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, with McCarron making big throws when he needed them. The Tide’s defense was led by linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower and defensive backs Dre Kirkpatrick and Mark Barron. This unit was loaded.

Team Schedule

Sept. 3: Alabama 48, Kent State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
Sept. 10: Alabama 27, #23 Penn State 11 (Happy Valley)
Sept. 17: Alabama 41, North Texas 0 (Tuscaloosa)
Sept. 24: Alabama 38, #14 Arkansas 14 (Tuscaloosa)
Oct. 1: Alabama 38, #12 Florida 10 (Gainesville)
Oct. 8: Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0 (Tuscaloosa)
Oct. 15: Alabama 52, Ole Miss 7 (Oxford)
Oct. 22: Alabama 37, Tennessee 6 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 5: #1 LSU 9, Alabama 6 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 12: Alabama 24, Mississippi State 7 (Starkville)
Nov. 19: Alabama 45, Georgia Southern 21 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 26: Alabama 42, Auburn 14 (Auburn)
Jan. 9: Alabama 21, #1 LSU 0 (BCS NCG, New Orleans)

Offensive starters

  • QB AJ McCarron
  • RB Trent Richardson
  • WR Marquis Maze
  • WR Darius Hanks
  • TE Michael Williams
  • LT Barrett Jones
  • LG Chance Warmack
  • C William Vlachos
  • RG Anthony Steen
  • RT DJ Fluker

Defensive starters

  • DE Damion Square
  • NT Josh Chapman
  • DE Jesse Williams
  • OLB Courtney Upshaw
  • ILB Nico Johnson
  • ILB Dont’a Hightower
  • OLB Jerrell Harris
  • CB Dre Kirkpatrick
  • CB DeQuan Menzie
  • S Mark Barron
  • S Robert Lester




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