No trouble with AJ

AJ McCarron and Alabama face a tough road to get through the SEC and repeat as BCS champs. Ross Dettman for ESPN

SO WHAT EXACTLY does AJ stand for?

"It doesn't stand for anything," Bama quarterback AJ McCarron says, adding: "My mom just didn't like periods between the letters." The ambiguity fits the narrative. Johnny Football is the rock star, Teddy Bridgewater is the top pro prospect and Braxton Miller has better Heisman odds. But the Tide's quarterback is something else. He begins his third season as a starter on the verge of leading Alabama to its third straight BCS title, which would be an unprecedented feat in the sport. But outside Dixie, AJ might as well be the guy with the beauty-queen girlfriend.