Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide

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SEC’s BCS Championship Teams:

#5 SEC BCS Championship team

2012 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1)

Head coach: Nick Saban
Offensive coordinator: Doug Nussmeier
Defensive coordinator: Kirby Smart
Average margin of victory: 27.8 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 95-70 (.576)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (4): #4 Notre Dame, #5 Georgia, #14 LSU, #24 Michigan
Key stats: 38.7 PPG offense (#12 CFB), 10.9 PPG (#1 CFB)
1st and 2nd round draft picks: Dee Miliner (1st), D.J. Fluker (1st), Chance Warmack (1st), Eddie Lacy (2nd)

Team buzz: Every Nick Saban-coached championship team has a different identity. The 2012 championship identity was about dominating the line of scrimmage, especially with such a nasty offensive line. The Tide were led by All-American offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio, Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack and DJ Fluker. All four of those players are or will be in the NFL, along with other starter Anthony Steen. The big uglies blocked, while Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon ran through arm tackles.

The Tide’s only blunder came at the hands of college football’s most electrifying player: Johnny Manziel. Manziel took down Alabama in Tuscaloosa 29-24 en route to a Heisman Trophy.

The toughest challenge for the 2012 team was following the 2011 national champions, which was a better football team overall. As he was always accustomed to doing, AJ McCarron performed his best on the big stage in Atlanta and against Notre Dame for the national championship. McCarron helped lead the 2012 Alabama team to one of its best offenses in history.

Alabama eradicated Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, racking up 529 yards of total offense almost to a perfect balance: passing for 264 yards and rushing for 265 yards.

Team Schedule

Sept. 1: Alabama 41, #8 Michigan 14 (Arlington)
Sept. 8: Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0 (Tuscaloosa)
Sept. 15: Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 (Fayetteville)
Sept. 22: Alabama 40, FAU 7 (Tuscaloosa)
Sept. 29: Alabama 33, Ole Miss 14 (Tuscaloosa)
Oct. 13: Alabama 42, Missouri 10 (Columbia)
Oct. 20: Alabama 44, Tennessee 13 (Knoxville)
Oct. 27: Alabama 38, #13 Mississippi State 7 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 3: Alabama 21, LSU 17 (Baton Rouge, LA)
Nov. 10: #15 Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 17: Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0 (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 24: Alabama 49, Auburn 0 (Tuscaloosa)
Dec. 1: Alabama 32, #3 Georgia 28 (SEC CG, Atlanta)
Jan. 7: Alabama 42, #1 Notre Dame 14 (BCS CG, Miami Gardens)

Offensive starters

  • QB AJ McCarron
  • RB Eddie Lacy
  • WR Amari Cooper
  • WR Kevin Norwood
  • TE Michael Williams
  • TE Brian Vogler
  • LT Cyrus Kouandjio
  • LG Chance Warmack
  • C Barrett Jones
  • RG Anthony Steen
  • RT DJ Fluker

Defensive starters

  • DE Ed Stinson
  • NG Jesse Williams
  • DE Damion Square
  • SLB Adrian Hubbard
  • MLB Trey DePriest
  • WLB CJ Mosley
  • JACK Xzavier Dickson
  • CB Deion Belue
  • CB Dee Milliner
  • S Robert Lester
  • S Haha Clinton-Dix

Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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