Alabama Crimson Tide: BCS Championship 2012

Video: Nico Johnson has another title

January, 8, 2013

Alabama's Nico Johnson looks back on winning three titles in the last four years.

Video: Chance Warmack likes winning

January, 8, 2013

Winning national titles has become a habit for Chance Warmack and Alabama.

Low: Life's good for AJ McCarron

January, 8, 2013

MIAMI -- AJ McCarron's got a pretty sweet life these days.

He's dating Miss Alabama. He just picked up his second straight national championship ring as Alabama's starting quarterback and is well on his way to becoming a Crimson Tide legend.

Move over Joe Namath.

OK, maybe not yet. But if McCarron keeps on delivering these virtuoso performances on college football's biggest stages, he may get his own statue at the Capstone.

McCarron carved apart Notre Dame on Monday night in the Discover BCS National Championship with 264 passing yards and four touchdowns, and Alabama cruised 42-14 to win its third national title in the last four years.

"I'm truly blessed. I believe the man above always has a plan for you," McCarron said. "He kind of lays down the grounds, and you can live it how you want [and] at the same time, make choices. It's great to do all this, but glorify in his name at the same time."

McCarron has had a huge part in this historic run for the Crimson Tide, who became the first team since Notre Dame in the late 1940s to win three outright national titles in the last four years. He was the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in last season's 21-0 victory over LSU in the BCS National Championship.

And on Monday, he triggered Alabama's beatdown of Notre Dame by directing the Crimson Tide on touchdown drives on each of their first three possessions. He was 8-for-9 in those three drives and finished the game 20-of-28.

In two BCS National Championship games, McCarron is 43-of-62 for 498 yards and hasn't thrown an interception.

For Chris Low's full column, click here.

MIAMI -- Nick Saban is a perfectionist. We all know this. He looks at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and questions Michelangelo's color choices. He wonders if E really does equal mc˛.

But Saban is going to need an electron microscope to find much wrong with Alabama's 42-14 humiliation of Notre Dame in Monday's Discover BCS National Championship. It was so complete, so, well, perfect, that Bama should get a crystal trophy and a half for this one.

"I think it's pretty special what we accomplished," Saban said.

Wait? What? Did Saban really mean that? After all, this is a guy who can find fault with the shape of a snowflake.

"Whether I look it or not, I'm happy as hell," he said.

Happy and houndstooth were best friends Monday night. "Sweet Home Alabama" blared from the Sun Life Stadium loudspeakers as players waved just-issued newspapers that read, "Bama Again!" Other players danced with Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot.

Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore, the consummate Southern gentleman who has been part of 10 Bama football national championships as a player, coach and AD, stood at the 25-yard line, surrounded by reporters. But when he turned a certain way, you could see a fresh lipstick kiss on his left cheek.

Roll Tide, Mal.

Anyway, we can pretty much hold a retirement party for the "Is Alabama A Dynasty?" debate. The Crimson Tide are not only a dynasty, it's the program that other football teams want to be when they grow up.

For Gene Wojciechowski's full column, click here.
MIAMI -- Write your U.S. Congressman.

Call your conference commissioner, university president and athletic director. Heck, email Dr. Lou, Mark May, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler and David Pollack. I'd even give you their email addresses if it wouldn't get me fired.

College football's forthcoming four-team playoff, which goes into effect during the 2014 season, can't get here soon enough.

Can't we please have a playoff this coming season? Do we really have to wait another year?

Once again, the Bowl Championship Series robbed college football fans of a fitting end to a season on Monday night. No. 2 Alabama blasted No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium, and the score wasn't even that close. If the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish played every day between now and St. Patrick's Day, the Fighting Irish would never win.

You thought last year's BCS National Championship was boring? At least No. 1 LSU put up a fight in the first couple of quarters before falling to No. 2 Alabama 21-0 in New Orleans, in what was a rematch of a regular-season slugfest between the SEC West rivals.

This game was over after Alabama took the opening kickoff and marched 82 yards in five plays for a touchdown. It was like Mike Tyson knocking out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds, with the Crimson Tide delivering their knockout punch on tailback Eddie Lacy's 20-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the game.

Alabama led the Fighting Irish 21-0 after the first play of the second quarter and 35-0 after its opening possession of the second half. Notre Dame's overmatched defense couldn't stop Alabama's rugged running game, and the Irish couldn't run against the Crimson Tide. That's a recipe for disaster against a team that has now won three of the last four BCS national titles.

"It was pretty clear," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "We had a hard time getting off the field, and a lot of that had to do with Alabama. They were able to run the ball effectively, and then obviously when you do that, it opens up so much of the play-action game."

It didn't take anyone very long to realize the Fighting Irish shouldn't have been here and couldn't play with Alabama.

For Mark Schlabach's full column, click here.

Maisel: Bama O-line bludgeons Irish

January, 8, 2013
MIAMI -- On the day before the Notre Dame defense did its best imitation of hot butter, head coach Brian Kelly said, "I still think this game is going to be decided by what happens up front."

He called it. He just couldn't do anything about it.

Actually, hot butter isn't accurate, because the Alabama offense was no cold knife. No. 2 Alabama won its third BCS National Championship in four years by bludgeoning poor No. 1 Notre Dame into submission. The 42-14 final score is a testament to the control that the Crimson Tide's offensive line maintained at the line of scrimmage.

"It was pretty clear," Kelly said after the game. "I mean, we had a hard time getting off the field, and a lot of that had to do with Alabama. They ran the ball effectively."

Given the opportunity to play for its first national championship in 24 years, Notre Dame woke up the wrong echoes.

For Ivan Maisel's full column, click here.

Video: Alabama DC Kirby Smart

January, 8, 2013

Mark Schlabach speaks with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart following the Crimson Tide's 42-14 rout of Notre Dame.

Video: Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri

January, 8, 2013

Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri speaks with Mark Schlabach after the Crimson Tide's victory.

Video: Alabama WR Amari Cooper

January, 8, 2013

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper talks with Mark Schlabach about the Crimson Tide's 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship.

Video: Alabama DT Jesse Williams

January, 8, 2013

Mark Schlabach speaks with Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams after the Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame in the Discover BCS Championship.

Instant analysis: Alabama 42, ND 14

January, 7, 2013

MIAMI -- Alabama became the first team to repeat as BCS champions, as the Tide rolled through Notre Dame on Monday night, 42-14, to win the Discover BCS National Championship, their third title in four years. Here is how it went down.

It was over when: Following a three-and-out from Notre Dame, officials blew a call on Alabama's punt return, ruling that Christion Jones was hit by an Irish player. He was hit by a teammate. Instead of an Irish fumble recovery and some early momentum, the Tide marched down the field for a 14-0 lead and never looked back.

Gameball goes to: The offensive line paved the way for Alabama's run game and protected AJ McCarron all night. Alabama scored touchdowns on its first three drives and made it look easy, taking any chance away from the Irish early. This was an historic group.

Stat of the game: The longest drive against Notre Dame in the regular season was 75 yards. On Monday, Alabama had drives of 82, 80, 97 and 86 yards.

Best call: We'll change this to worst call: The Jones fumble that wasn't. It looked like a pivotal play at the time and ended up not mattering in the grand scheme of things, but it was an awful, awful call.

Second guessing: Not to take away from Alabama's defense, but Notre Dame's No. 1 scoring defense look disheveled throughout the night, missing tackles left and right, blowing assignments and getting the ball taken to it all night.

What Alabama learned: The Tide are a dynasty. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Nick Saban has his third national title in four years, and his fourth overall. The scary part? Alabama may be even better next year.

What Notre Dame learned: Everyone who said the Irish were lucky to be here feels a little validated. It was an historic season by almost any measure for Notre Dame, but one has to wonder just how far this program is from being the best of the best after a demoralizing Monday night.

More to come for Tide's Cooper

January, 7, 2013
MIAMI -- There were several talented true freshmen in the SEC this season, but it's hard to top what Alabama receiver Amari Cooper has done.

With a pair of touchdown catches in the Discover BCS National Championship Game, Cooper has 11 for the season, which breaks the Alabama school record. He also has 1,000 yards receiving for the season.

Keep in mind that he was slowed in preseason practice with a foot injury and split time with DeAndrew White the first month of the season. He has five of his touchdown catches in his last three games, and it's obvious that his best football is still to come.

When Alabama gets Chris Black healthy next season, the Cooper-Black tandem has a chance to be off-the-charts good.

Alabama plays a little offense, too

January, 7, 2013
MIAMI -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has built this program on suffocating defense.

The 2009 national championship defense was one of the best in school history. The 2011 national championship defense was even better.

But with the Crimson Tide leading 28-0 at halftime over Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship Game, it's probably time we give a little love to this Alabama offense.

The feeling coming into the season was that Alabama would be dominant in its offensive line, and the Crimson Tide have been just that. Center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack and tackles Cyrus Kouandjio and D.J. Fluker all have promising NFL futures.

But the guy who's really made a difference is junior quarterback AJ McCarron and the way he's run this offense. He's in total command right now, and not just as a passer, but as a guy who's making all of the right decisions and all of the right checks.

He's been pretty impressive as a passer, too. The throw he dropped in to Christion Jones for 27 yards to set up the Tide's last touchdown before halftime couldn't have been thrown any better.

The other thing is that Alabama's skill players on offense are hard to tackle, and they make plays. Go back and watch junior receiver Kevin Norwood in last season's BCS National Championship Game and all the plays he made, and he's doing it again tonight.

And then there's junior running back Eddie Lacy, who has 304 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in his last six quarters.

Defense wins championships, but offensive balance makes it a lot easier.

Video: Belue breaks up fourth-down pass

January, 7, 2013

Alabama defensive back Deion Belue's batted pass on fourth-and-5 ended a Notre Dame drive in the second quarter.

Healthy Eddie Lacy on his game

January, 7, 2013
MIAMI -- Eddie Lacy is one of those runners who grows on you ... and pounds on you.

The more you watch him play, the more impressed you are with him.

Alabama's hot start in the Discover BCS National Championship has been a reminder that Lacy is as healthy as he's been all season. He was banged-up early and didn't have that same burst he does right now. He's also lost a little weight.

It was obvious in the SEC championship game, when he romped for 181 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia, that he was on his game. And then with the extra rest during the layoff, he looks better than ever.

The bad news for the Crimson Tide is that he's probably going to turn pro and give up his senior season. He's certainly earned a ton of money in his past two outings.


Alabama Dismisses Jonathan Taylor
Alex Scarborough discusses the Crimson Tide's decision to dismiss defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor after he was arrested on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.