Step on the gas: Potent offense could drive Alabama back to BCS National Championship

By: Taylor Tannebaum, Andrew Gribble Email
By: Taylor Tannebaum, Andrew Gribble Email

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- In 2009, a bulldozing running back and a Butkus Award-winning linebacker drove the bus to Pasadena for Alabama’s first national championship in 17 years.

Though the drive to New Orleans for the 2011 BCS National Championship was significantly shorter, the road map to success was essentially the same when the Crimson Tide collected its second title of the Saban era: phenomenal defense coupled with a ground-and-pound, mistake-free offense.

In 2012, its third national championship season in the past four years, the Crimson Tide’s GPS navigated it in a slightly different direction. The defense, while shakier than the previous year’s, was still the nation’s best, but the offense brought plenty of horsepower to the party in South Beach.

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