By: Ryan Mace
At Alabama’s bye week, the Crimson Tide appeared as if they were just reloading when they defeated then-No. 8 Michigan 41-14 in week one. Now, Nick Saban’s team appears as ready as ever to defend their BCS National Championship.
Alabama has defeated their opponents by an average of 33.2 points per game so far this season, thanks to the help of two consecutive shutouts by the defense in weeks two and three. Alabama’s great defensive play has been the trademark of this team so far this season.
“We try to pride ourselves always on people not scoring on our defense,” Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner said. “We try to get zero and have no one score on us.”
The Alabama defense has not been the only strong point, however. QB AJ McCarron is 73-for-111 so far this season and has thrown for 999 yards and 12 touchdowns. Tide RB Eddie Lacy has also been solid, rushing for 314 yards on 64 carries, while adding four touchdowns. Amari Cooper leads Alabama in receiving with 222 yards and three touchdowns so far.
“AJ’s really stepped up,” Jones said. “He’s really picked up that weight left off from that national championship game a little bit from last year. He’s overall conquered a lot of things with the passing game.”
Alabama has even seen strides in the special teams this season. Last week against Ole Miss, after trailing 7-6, Alabama’s Christion Jones took a kick-off 99 yards for a touchdown. That was the last time Alabama trailed in that game.
With all of these pieces in place, it is tough to see Alabama not making another run to the title game. Despite the hype and praise from much of the college football world, Alabama is not looking past anyone.
”We play to a standard,” Jones said. ”We’ve got our own standard that we play to. It’s Alabama’s standard. We’re trying to get better each week, each game, each play. We’re trying to do it better than we did before. We’re just trying to make sure we stay level-headed and make sure we’re focused on each game, each week, one opponent at a time. ”
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