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.”

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Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

Tony, I agree, the UTAH experience with Alabama had to be a strong incentive to focus on the game. Its too bad McCoy couldn’t play, but the Tide banged up a few quarterbacks this season, and fullbacks, and receivers. As good as Mccoy is, I believe that the Tide was not to be denied.

Go LSU TIGERS! Beat the hell out of Bama !

a guy for playoffs

January 8th, 2010
5:43 pm

BCS All-Time Records by School
WIN-LOSS RECORDS
All-Time Winning Percentages
Record Percentage
LSU
4-0
Boise St.
2-0
Utah
2-0
Texas
3-1
USC
6-1
Florida
4-1
Miami (Fla.)
3-1
Georgia
2-1
Ohio State
4-4

GatorG

January 8th, 2010
6:14 pm

a guy for playoffs,

Don’t forget Alabama’s BCS record: 1-2.

a guy for playoffs

January 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

didnt boise st just beat Alabama last year in the sugar and ohio st. in the fiesta the year before

a guy for playoffs

January 8th, 2010
6:45 pm

utah beat bama i remember now

a guy for playoffs

January 8th, 2010
6:45 pm

pete carroll is gone to seattle

a guy for playoffs

January 8th, 2010
6:47 pm

FYI

2003 Boise St. 45 vs. Miami 21 Orange bowl
2004 Boise st. 14 vs. Georgia 20 in Athens
2004 Boise st. 24 vs. USC 20 Rose bowl
2005 Boise st. 38 vs. Arizona st. 3 in Tempe
2005 Boise st. 69 vs. UCLA 0 in Pasadena
2006 Boise st. 35 vs. Penn st. 9 in Happy Valley
2006 Boise st. 42 vs. Oregon st. 14 Blue turf
2006 Boise st. 36 vs. Utah 3 at Utah
2006 Boise st. 63 vs. Oklahoma 62 Fiesta bowl
2007 Boise st. 51 vs. Cincinnati 12 Blue turf
2007 Boise st. 70 vs. Ohio st. 30 at Columbus
2007 Boise st. 35 vs. Pittsburgh 0 Fiesta bowl
2008 Boise St. 45 vs. Oregon 24 in Autzen
2008 Boise st. 37 vs. Ole Miss 7 in Hattiesburg
2008 Boise st. 23 vs. California 3 Blue turf
2008 Boise st. 41 vs. Alabama 17 Sugar bowl
2009 Boise st. 51 vs. Oregon 3 Blue turf
2009 Boise st. 31 vs. Michigan 14 at Bighouse
2009 Boise st. 30 vs. Oregon st. 24 Blue turf
2009 Boise st. 21 vs. Penn st. 10 Blue turf
2009 Boise st. 48 vs. Oklahoma st. 0 Blue turf
2009 Boise st. 27 vs. Texas 20 at Tulsa
2009 Boise st. 17 vs. TCU 3 Fiesta bowl

Those scores are good enough to be called National Champions IMO.

commonsense2u

January 8th, 2010
6:56 pm

To say that Utah/BYU/TCU/Boise can’t compete week in and week out has no facts to stand on. For example, Could Alabama’s Defense Defened MWC Offenses every week? NO. Could MWC defenses defened SEC offense every week? NO. The reason why: example 1: A 360 lb DT is useless when defended the spread. Example 2: A 6′5″ 260 pound LB would be abused by a spread offense. Example 3: A 225 pound LB is useless in stopping a Power run game on a weekly bases. Example 4: A 250 lb DE would not hold up every week to a power run offense.
It is apples and Orenges my friends. If you want to compete in the MWC you have to sacrifice size for speed. In the SEC you need a balance of size and speed.

The insinuation you use says “they weigh X amount…they cannot run that fast” is incorrect sir. That is the reason they are playing for the tops schools/school in the country. They are big AND fast. It is the reason the SEC is dominate. Can I get a witness? Hello

One last food for thought on what you said if I may. That 360lb Nose tackle takes away the middle of the line of srimmage for the most part when playing against undersized opponents and what that does is takes away from your play book. Ok so a portion of your play book is gone. Now you are a little more predictable in that the defense knows your probably going to run to one side or the other or …throw the football. So when your undersized receivers that are “faster” than the Pro Prospects come across the middle..well.. anybody can beat anybody but Boise st would be +23 vs. bama.

commonsense2u

January 8th, 2010
7:08 pm

2006 boise state 35-9 at penn state????

commonsense2u

January 8th, 2010
7:47 pm

Is pete carroll really gone from usc tho????

CoachO

January 9th, 2010
9:19 am

GatorG

January 8th, 2010
2:23 pm
Tide Rising,

I may be wrong, but it seems like the SEC Championship Game has never been a re-match of a regular season game. If it has been, it’s been extremely rare. Something about playing the #1 team from the other division seems to throw teams for a loop, and that scares me the most.

We’ll see!

The SEC Championship game has featured a rematch of a regular season game a total of five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004). The team who won the regular season game is 4-1 in the rematches, the lone exception being in 2001 when LSU defeated Tennessee.

The first regular season re-match was between Alabama and Florida in 1999. The final score was Alabama 34 – Florida 7.

SHIMBAH

February 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

I would just like to thank the many UGA fans for your kind remarks in support of Bama.You are first class brethren.I wish Bama could open every season in Atlanta.It has been a wonderful experience.Peace and RTR!

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