- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Despite the fact that Alabama played a lesser opponent over the weekend, UA commitment Bradley Bozeman (Roanoke, Ala./Handley) wasn’t going to miss it. The four-star offensive lineman has been to Tuscaloosa for all but one home game, and he returned on Saturday for the Crimson Tide’s win over Western Carolina.
“I thought it was great,” Bozeman said. “They got up to 42-0 at halftime. It was a great game and gave some experience to the younger guys.”
The trip also gave Bozeman the chance to catch up with fellow Alabama commitment and ESPN 150 tight end O.J. Howard. The two have grown close from spending so much time together in Tuscaloosa this fall.
“I’ve got a lot of connections with a lot of guys up there,” Bozeman said. “It’s great to go ahead and start having that bond before we are teammates. O.J. is a great guy, and he’s going to be an even greater teammate I think.”
Bozeman left after the game and got back in time to see Stanford knock off Oregon in overtime. Losses by Kansas State and Oregon on Saturday have opened the door for Alabama to return to the BCS title game.
“I was jumping up and down,” Bozeman said. “We’re back in it. I think that’s truly amazing. It will be over the last four years, 75 percent of the time we’ve won national championships. We still have to play hard, finish out the season and beat Auburn and Georgia."
Bozeman, an Alabama native, knows as well as anybody that the Tide have to come to play this weekend against their in-state rival, no matter the records.
“Auburn always comes to play against Alabama,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a high-emotion game. I really think they’re going to come after us, but I believe Alabama is going to pull away pretty good.”