Alabama championship fueled by 2008 disappointment

 

Pasadena, Calif.–There is no way to measure how devastated Alabama was in December of 2008. The Crimson Tide, who had not won a national championship since 1992, were 12-0, ranked No. 1, and had a shot at a national title in their sights.

But then came the loss to Florida in the SEC championship game which gave the Gators the shot at the BCS title, which they won. Then came the loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. For a team that was 12-2, there was a lot of heartache at Alabama.

That’s why Alabama’s 37-21 win over Texas, which gave the Crimson Tide yet another national championship, was so sweet.

“We have a group of dedicated players who bought in to what we tried to do this season,” said head coach Nick Saban, who became the first coach in the modern era to win national championships at two different schools (He won a national title at LSU in 2003). “They were determined to prepare every day to put themselves in this position. We have a great team at Alabama and it starts with our president and the commitment the school has made to be successful.”

Alabama will enjoy this championship for a little while and then there will be talk of next fall when the Crimson will surely be preseason No. 1.

“We will be good enough to win it again,” said running back Mark Ingram, who had 116 yards against the No. 1 defense against the run (62,.2 ypg). “But this team knew how to work. Next year we will have to work just as hard. Or maybe even harder.”

165 comments Add your comment

Steve

January 8th, 2010
9:46 am

Tony, Let me say you were RIGHT!

Three years ago, the week Nick Saban was hired, you came on the Paul Finebaum Radio show & ACCURATELY PREDICTED that he would turn this program around and compete for national titles….soon. I don’t know if anybody thought THIS soon, though. I didn’t know much about him then, but you were adamant that he was a great coach. Needless to say you were right. He is a great coach and I have a feeling that this is the BEGINNING of a Spurrier/Bowden – “esque” 90’s type of run.

What say you, Mr. College Football?

m is for mullet

January 8th, 2010
9:49 am

m, the moped made it back from Miami??

King Saban

January 8th, 2010
9:49 am

HEY, TEXAS: WE JUST BEAT THE &#*%@ OUT OF YOU!!!!!

ROOOOOOLL TIDE!!

m is for mullet

January 8th, 2010
9:52 am

RamblinOn, that was you too on m’s moped on I-75 north, must have been a long ride home from the great game you all played! NOT.

globeflyer

January 8th, 2010
9:56 am

As a Bama fan, last night was ugly, but we’ll take it! It would, however, have been sweeter if McCoy had been in the whole game. Freshman Gilbert earned his stripes last night. Now, for those who think Saban would “bolt” for the next job, who’s gonna pay him more than Bama? Mal Moore will match any offer that is put on Saban’s table; he can now afford it, just with the increased football revenue. (There are 15,000 + on the season ticket waiting list) If it’s not for money that he would leave, then there’s nothing Bama can do about it anyway. One more thing, for all you conspiracy or “there are sanctions coming” theorists, you haven’t done your homework on Saban. Like him or not, he wants to beat you “head up, face-to-face”, unlike some coaches we’ve had in the past. If your team can’t Man Up and beat him, then learn to accept second place….

REALIST

January 8th, 2010
9:59 am

Nick Saban, in just his third year at Tuscaloosa, helped Alabama earn its eighth title since the polls began in the 1930s, and its seventh AP title.

AND, how many years has CMR been at UGA? And, how many National Championships has he won? I REST MY CASE.

bamafan

January 8th, 2010
10:01 am

Hey M – Why don’t you crawl back in your hole and hide. We couldn’t find you after Tech laid their bug egg in the Orange Bowl. I stayed up to watch Tech and really regretted it. Everybody wondered where you were? Do you have anything else to say about the strength of the ACC?

Yep

January 8th, 2010
10:02 am

Realist, don’t forget Urban Meyer winning two national championships in his first five years at Florida!

REALIST

January 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Read the UGAy pukes comments about the great SEC,,,with BAMA taking the National Title. That’s is close as UGAy will ever be,,,AL, FL, LSU, Tenn, Auburn and more than likely Arkansas in the next 7 to 10 years. So UGAy pukes hang on to these teams that’s the only title you will read about. Weed Bowl apparents!!!

REALIST

January 8th, 2010
10:07 am

UGA is destined to the second tier weedeater bowls for the next decade. Hang on to it UGAy pukes. 5 Stars & all. New DC & all. Blame it on the coaches,,,blame it on the players. UGA will be second tier HANG your hat on it.

m is for mullet

January 8th, 2010
10:10 am

REALIST is really m and an A$$H*&^ to boot. Have another other good things to say, Flamer??

Chris F

January 8th, 2010
10:10 am

Saban isn’t going anywhere, but I bet he chews somebodys head off for the gatorade jug to the side of the face!

REALIST

January 8th, 2010
10:10 am

UGA WILL NOT be any better than 7th place in the SEC in the years to come!!! HANG your hat on it UGAy pukes!!!

ReptilesRule

January 8th, 2010
10:13 am

BREAKING NEWS!!!…And this could possibly affect UGA…Jim Leavitt has just been fired by South Florida after an investigation into him “striking” a player…remember he was the Co-D coordinator with a guy named Bob Stoops at Kansas State…Georgia, there your new D Coordinator!!

m is for mullet

January 8th, 2010
10:13 am

REALIST, still bitter huh?? It will suck for you all year!

REALIST

January 8th, 2010
10:14 am

I love insulting you UGAy pukes. You’re so stupid and obnoxious to admit that the closest you’ll ever be to a National Championship is BAMA and the GATORS. Keep putting up your ignorant posts about what the future will be for UGA. YOUR FUTURE is what ever championships AL, FL, LSU, Tenn, Auburn and Arkansas play for.

Vince

January 8th, 2010
10:21 am

M…

Be careful what you ask for in a 16 team playoff. My hunch would be that there would be few if any ACC or PAC 10 teams that would ever make it to the Elite 8. With the current system the ACC teams can at least get a whiff of a title game. It’s much easier to have a halfway decent team run through the ACC conference schedule and then get fired up in a bowl game to win it all. With a playoff system, no ACC team could ever be able to win four straight games against ranked non-conference opponents.

This year’s Tech team is a good example. They got to go to the Orange Bowl because they ran through most of their ACC opponents. On a national level, I think Tech was about as strong as South Carolina. Both were defeated by Georgia in close games and both beat Clemson by similar scores).

With a playoff system Tech would have never advanced as far along to such a prestigious bowl.

m is for mullet

January 8th, 2010
10:21 am

a basketball school at best REALIST!! You are an idiot!!! Go Hawkeyes, oh I forgot, Go Dawgs!! what a way to go in the off season with 2 straight BIG Losses. ROTHFLMAO!!!

ReptilesRule

January 8th, 2010
10:23 am

By the way…big congrats to Bama, they certainly deserved the spoils and I’m glad they kept the SEC streak going. They will be tough to beat again next year. LSU, possibly Auburn are the only 2 teams in the West that could even potentially mount a challenge. My Gators will probably take a step back next year and lose a couple of games with the loss of the winningest Senior class in SEC history (sorry Bama) and 4 or 5 NFL bound Juniors. But I still say they will dominate the East and if you can get to the SECCG, who knows???? UGA and Tenn will be breaking in new QBs and new players as well and South Carolina…well they SHOULD be improved but I’ve been saying that for 3 years…

BamaRogers

January 8th, 2010
10:24 am

To all Dawg Fans:

Quit trying to latch onto our BCS championship. We own the SEC and everything in it. You are an 8-5 crappy team that hasnt won anything significan since 1980. Go back to beating GT. That is all you can seem to accomplish.

Kings of the SEC and Nation. Roll Tide.

Loran, Whatayagot?

January 8th, 2010
10:29 am

Alabama is definitely the team to beat next year. Difficult climb for the Dawgs. Here’s how it happens: Get a top notch defensive coordinator who can get the most out of outstanding talent. Redshirt freshman QB who matures quickly. Add a veteran offensive line, great special teams, and we’ve got a shot. Could happen, but maybe a longshot.

Why didn’t the AJC know about Kirby Smart interviewing for the Texas Tech job? I had to find out online from Alabama sources. while no mention from the AJC. Still none. It happens too often.

Thanks for the insight, tony.

Dawg Fud

January 8th, 2010
10:30 am

Kudos to the Tide. I know to state that they are enjoying this championship is putting it mildly.

for all of those crowing about the SEC…

Georgia did not do squat this year. We did not even play Bama so we have not right to boast about how great the conference is. Sure, if it makes you feel better go for it…but when I look at the three schools listed in those four championships i do not see our name.

And i will give Auburn credit because at least they went undefeated in 2004. they just got shafted at the end of their season.

i am diehard dawg and i have conference pride but i don’t think Bama’s win gives me anything to crow about or talk smack to other schools.

Bama '89

January 8th, 2010
10:32 am

Texas needs to stop making excuses about Colt McCoy. Hey, our QB was injured, too.

Hey, Texas – WE JUST BEAT THE HE11 OUT OF YOU!!

Deal with it!

m is for mullet

January 8th, 2010
10:33 am

BamaRogers you Sir have just stooped to the ACC level of immaturity. What an A$$.

Dawg Fud

January 8th, 2010
10:33 am

i am tired of living vicariously through the conferece. i am tired of us not taking care of business (Florida game 2002, South Carolina 2007). time to step up and win a championship.

and if we had beaten South Carolina at home in 2007, we would have played LSU for a chance to advance to the national title. that’s what makes me sick to my stomach…

Dawg Fud

January 8th, 2010
10:35 am

ReptilesRule – i think South Carolina has the most expectations next year in the East

D Fence

January 8th, 2010
10:37 am

For any Aubie reading this “Win one for the thumb” sure seems like ages ago doesnt it. Roooooooooooooooooooooooollll Tide Roll Baby.

D Fence

January 8th, 2010
10:38 am

For any Aubie reading this (Roswell Ed) “Win one for the thumb” sure seems like ages ago doesnt it. Rolllllllllllllllllll Tide Roll Baby.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 8th, 2010
10:40 am

Congrats to the Tide on another NC. Well played game after you got those first two series out of your system.

Brian

January 8th, 2010
10:45 am

Is al groh coming to be the def coord at GT?

kelly

January 8th, 2010
10:45 am

Is McElroy the first homo QB to win a title?

FootballFan

January 8th, 2010
10:51 am

Congrats to Bama for a great season and being one of the best teams in college football. Next season will probably be similar and they will still have a great team.

LOL at UGA fans trying to ride their coattails.

Otto

January 8th, 2010
10:57 am

The defense saved Bama in those first 2 series. I don”t know what Saban was thinking going into the game but thankful it stil worked out. 4 in a row for the SEC!!

GT fans showing their envy of the SEC is great lol

Sanders

January 8th, 2010
11:00 am

Wow, McCoy missed the biggest game he’ll ever be able to play in for the rest of his life because his shoulder got an ouchie?? X-rays came back negative and he didn’t even wear an f’n sling!!!

Makes me thankful and long for the days of David Greene. That kid would have had to have been missing his arm to not be out there. And even then he would have tried to throw righthanded!!!

murfdawg

January 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Congrats to Bama. The OL took over the game when it had to. McElroy is the best QB in the league and seems to be an outstanding student and person also. Bama needs a PR man to promote the players a little more than Saban.

See ya in the Dome in Dec!

p,s, Send Kirby home!!!

Bama '89

January 8th, 2010
11:08 am

Hey, rest-of-the-SEC fans:

Quit trying to ride our coat tails! WE BEAT THE HE11 OUT YOU, TOO!!

HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!

Roooooooll Tide!! Everyone else is just a LOSER!!

GatorG

January 8th, 2010
11:12 am

murfdawg,

“McElroy is the best QB in the league?” Are you on crack?! Have you even been watching football for the last four years?!

ReptilesRule

January 8th, 2010
11:15 am

Bama 89…you are what gives Bama fans a bad name…have a little class and enjoy your victory.

cherokee

January 8th, 2010
11:19 am

REALIST ……….what the heck has Tech done………one BCS game ever and LOST! One weak ACC championship. Best team in 20 years and lost to the worst UGA team in CMR era. Get LOST and go back under a rock with the rest of the nerds.

Texas Ex

January 8th, 2010
11:19 am

Congrats to Bama for winning the title. Shoulda, coulda, woulda on Colt. Those are the breaks. Bama played well, got more points, and won the game. They deserve the title.

But what’s up with ‘our quarterback was hurt, too?’ Bama didn’t need a QB to win that game. MacElroy stood where he was told to stand and handed the ball off to the real players. And, dang, Ingram is good. And MacElroy did hand the ball off well, just like he did in Southlake.

As for those who claim all teams in the SEC are great because Bama is great. Well, UGA, SC, Vandy, Ole Miss, etc need to win their own games and stop hanging onto Bama and FL coattails. At least Baylor isn’t running around saying they’re great because Texas was in the title game. Okay, A&M probably is, but jeez, nobody can figure out what they mean with their ‘moral victories.’ Heck, nobody even knows where College Station is – it’s a big state and nobody’s really looking. But if the SEC is that great, all the teams should stand on their own records – make it into the top 15 – and stop with how this is a moral victory for all the mediocre SEC teams.

Congrats again to Bama. Today it’s Roll Tide, but I’m still whispering Hook ‘em Horns.

GatorG

January 8th, 2010
11:24 am

Great post, Texas Ex.

panther d

January 8th, 2010
11:30 am

I hate that Mcoy had to miss his finale. When he went out, Bama might as well have been playing Arkansas St. It’s not so much whether or not the Texas starter was in the game but the fact that they stopped running their offense for the entire first half. If the freshmen can orchestrate 2 touchdown drives when they did run their offense, the starter surely would’ve done the same early on. But if and would’ve dont mean much in the end.

Chris F

January 8th, 2010
11:30 am

ReptilesRule, not many Bama fans are as stupid as Bama89! Most of us are classy and understand the facts.

Texas Ex, I am blown away at your great attitude and class. Thanks

Bama89, shutup you are a complete tool!

Bama '89

January 8th, 2010
11:31 am

Hey, Texas Ex: Were you aware that WE JUST BEAT THE HE11 OUT OF YOU!!

cherokee

January 8th, 2010
11:32 am

Texas Ex ……..As a UGA fan I am not hanging on to Bama’s win. I am happy for them. Glad that we are in the same conference. UGA is down now but I have faith in CMR we will get back to challenging the big boys soon and beating them. So please do not group all UGA fans into your bunch of hangers on.

Auburn51

January 8th, 2010
11:32 am

This War Eagle was pulling for the Tide and the SEC last night but I can’t shake the feeling that the BCS championship game is for the college football elite and no one else. Of course you know I’m going to refer to 2004 when the best Auburn team I have seen in my 50+ years went undefeated but had no chance to get into the championship game. If it had been Alabama under the same circumstances Alabama would almost certainly have been in that game since the powers that be want that kind of match-up between two teams of “tradition and excellence”, as they say. LSU gets a shot three years later with two losses but an undefeated Auburn team is shut out. Why? It is because Auburn is not considered an “elite”. Florida is, Alabama is, LSU is, even Tennessee is, but not Auburn and Auburn never will be because of the shadow the program has always operated under in a Crimson Tide state. Is this fair? Of course not, but then it’s never going to be fair to any team not named Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, USC, etc, etc, and it’s never going to be fair unless there is a true playoff in place and real talent is rewarded over name recognition or past gridiron glory. We Auburn people are philosophical and realistic about the situation. We know Auburn will never play for a national championship under the present circumstances and so we don’t ever start a season expecting a national championship or even an SEC championship as our claimed destiny and birthright. We’re just happy to win an occasional Outback bowl every now and then. That being said, the frustration of 2004 will be around with us for a long time to come and especially since we have seen other SEC teams who probably weren’t as good as that 2004 Auburn team go on to BCS glory. This year the two best teams played in Atlanta on December 5th and if there had been a legitimate playoff system in place those two teams would probably have played again last night. Realistically though, until the string pullers figure out a way to make a playoff system make as much or more money than they do now we’ll continue to be stuck with the inefficient and unfair travesty that we have now. Anyway, WarEagle and congratulations to Alabama and the SEC.

Greg

January 8th, 2010
11:34 am

Chris F,

Are you saying that “most of you” don’t yell, “We just beat the he!! out of YOU!” at the end of a game?

I thought that’s what Alabama is all about.

Chris F

January 8th, 2010
11:36 am

I would like to say that I still believe Bama would have won even if McCoy was in the game. Texas defense tightened up and played much harder after they realized that the offense couldn’t do much. If McCoy had been in the game I don’t think the defense would have played as well. Alabama played like crap 3 out of 4 quarters and the passing game was non-existent. However, Alabama’s usual defense showed up and shut down the run from Texas. Props to Texas for playing their guts out and not giving up. Now that’s classy! Texas is a fantastic team it was just a simple who was better in 60 minutes. Do I think Bama is better than Texas? NO! I think they are EQUALS. Like I said 60 minutes.

Vince

January 8th, 2010
11:36 am

To all of you who decry SEC pride…..

You just don’t get it.

When one of us wins against a non-conference opponent, we all win. The prestige of the conference grows in the minds of poll voters and in the minds of college football fans everywhere. That is why an undefeated SEC team ended up ranked #1, whereas undefeated teams from other conferences ended up ranked lower.

Bowl wins by members of our conference prove the superiority of the conference. Don’t you understand this? It suggests that a team with a 5-3 SEC record would most likely be undefeated in other conferences.

A poll on the ESPN site asks voters to predict what conference will produce next year’s national champions. Over half of the voters have selected “the SEC.”

Sure, UGA didn’t win the conference this year, but they have been to the SEC championship game three times this past decade and won it twice. That’s not too bad.

Chris F

January 8th, 2010
11:40 am

Greg that is tradition and it is usually only chanted during and right after the game. People like Bama89 are the idiots. People have to understand the pride that comes with being an Alabama fan. Bama was the first southern team to appear in the title game and won it the first time! We don’t have an NFL team like most other states, college ball is all we got. And truthfully all I want.