Dangerous defense and crafty Coach Sabin have the Alabama Crimson Tide riding atop the SEC and BCS.
Alabama Crimson Tide: Overview
Fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets were initially not crazy about the addition of controversial head coach Nick Sabin, but all those doubts have been put to rest in the 2008 season. After a rough 2007 season, Nick Sabin had his pro-style offense firmly entrenched in the minds of his players, and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart had his 3-4 defensive alignment built to hunt down and destroy the spread offenses of the SEC. With the addition of NT Terrence Cody, the Alabama Crimson Tide have become one of the most balanced teams in college football.
Alabama Crimson Tide: 2008 Season
Critics wrote the Alabama Crimson Tide off as talented but not ready for the big time, and the team started the season ranked No. 24 in the BCS. Fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets thought this low ranking to be a travesty, but they knew that their team had plenty of question marks yet to be tested on the field. The Western Division of the SEC was also seen as one of the top divisions in college football featuring three Top 10 ranked teams like the No. 7 LSU Tigers and No. 10 Auburn Tigers. The No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs were seen to win the SEC Championship.
Fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets had a good laugh when their team dismantled the No. 9 ranked Clemson Tigers in their own stadium 34-10. In an outstanding performance, the Alabama Crimson Tide allowed no yards rushing. The team would slowly creep up the ranks as they crushed opponents over the next few weeks by 110 points to 27. The Alabama Crimson Tide journeyed to face the preseason darling No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs next and destroyed the heavily favored team easily, putting the entire BCS on notice.
Close brushes with the Kentucky Wildcats and the Ole Miss Rebels back to back nearly gave fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets heart attacks, but the team pulled out the clutch victories. The Alabama Crimson Tide faced the toughest battle so far as they went into the feared "Death Valley" stadium to face the LSU Tigers. In a classic SEC battle, the Alabama Crimson Tide took the LSU Tigers to overtime, where they scored the only touchdown to secure their SEC Championship Game tickets and the No. 1 ranking in the BCS.
Alabama: SEC Championship Game
As the kings of the SEC West, the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will roll into the SEC Championship game. Their opponents will be the dangerous No. 2 ranked Florida Gators. Even though they are undefeated, the Alabama Crimson Tide are seen to be the underdogs against Tim Tebow and the No. 3 offense of the Florida Gators. Fans from both schools will be lining up to buy SEC Championship Game tickets because not only does the SEC hang in the balance but the winner will go to the BCS Championship game.
Fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets know that their team will be facing a great offense, but defense has carried the underrated Crimson Tide to an 11-0 record. The offensive firepower of Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow and RB/WR Percy Harvin is intimidating, but the defensive genius of Kirby Smart will throw the complicated 3-4 defense at the Gators, and he could catch them totally off guard. The teamwork and great coaching has carried the Alabama Crimson Tide far, but a few players stand out above the rest and will be the keys to the victory over the Florida Gators.
Alabama: Terrence Cody
Junior college transfer NT Terrence Cody (known as "Mt. Cody" to fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets) is both the glue and the anchor of the 3-4 defense. Standing over 6-foot-5 and weighing in at a biscuit shy of 400 pounds, Terrence Cody is a true athletic freak. Gifted with just as much athletic ability as he is with size, Terrence Cody can crush running lanes and push double teams backwards. The presence of Terrence Cody in the middle allows the swarming linebackers to find the ball carrier or fly to the QB as multiple blockers are forced to take on the man-mountain.
Alabama: John Parker Wilson
They say a man with three names is always trouble, and John Parker Wilson has been a pain in the collective necks of the SEC. As the quarterback of the Alabama Crimson Tide, John Parker Wilson sometimes gets overlooked by the running game, but he makes up for his lack of raw numbers with leadership and precision passing that rarely gives the ball away. Fans with SEC Championship Game tickets will notice the subtlety of John Parker Wilson's style as he quietly moves the chains to control the clock.
Alabama: Coffee & Ingram
The Alabama Crimson Tide live to cram the football down the throats of opponents, and the running-back duo of junior Glenn Coffee and freshman Mike Ingram is perfect for this. Neither are pure power running backs, but both have great breakaway speed and unmatched heart. Averaging a great 4.8 yards per carry, the pair has carved up defenses ranging from the LSU Tigers to the Ole Miss Rebels. If the pair can continue their running ways, then fans with Alabama Crimson Tide tickets may be naming their children after them for years.
Alabama Crimson Tide O-Line
The "Big Uglies" may not get much love from the media, but the Alabama Crimson Tide boast the best offensive line in college football. LT Andre Smith could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and holds down the blindside of John Parker Wilson. C Antoine Caldwell has the football IQ of a quarterback and never misses a blitz call at the line of scrimmage. Fans with SEC Championship Game tickets will want to take some time to just watch the amazing offensive line crush the Florida Gators front seven.
Alabama: Nick Sabin
Outside of Bobby Petrino, no figure in college sports may be more controversial than Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Sabin. The former coach of the LSU Tigers and Miami Dolphins has gotten the Alabama Crimson Tide back to a spot no one thought they could reach, and he has his own critics to silence. The battle of minds between Nick Sabin and Florida Gators Coach Urban Meyer will give fans with SEC Championship Game tickets a great seat to see one of the most cerebral championship games in decades.