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Last updated: Mon. Jan. 07, 2013 - 12:58 am EDT

What you need to know about Alabama

Crimson Tide are nearly 10-point favorites over Fighting Irish

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2012 Schedule and Results

Michigan W 41-14

Western Kentucky W 35-0

at Arkansas W 52-0

Florida Atlantic W 40-7

Ole Miss W 33-14

at Missouri W 42-10

at Tennessee W 44-13

Mississippi State W 38-7

at LSU W 21-17

Texas A&M L 24-29

Western Carolina W 49-0

Auburn W 49-0

Georgia W 32-28

History

First year of football – 1892

All-time record – 826-321-43

Bowl appearances – 59

Bowl record – 32-22-3

Last title – 2011

Consensus national championships – 10 (1925, ’26, ’61, ’64, ’65, ’78, ’79, ’92, 2009, ’11)

Team Info

Offense – Pro Style

Defense – 4-3

2012 record – 12-1

Ranking – No. 2

Leaders

* Passing

Yards – AJ McCarron, 2,669

Completions – McCarron, 191 of 286 with 3 INTs

TDs – McCarron, 26

* Rushing

Yards – Eddie Lacy, 1,182 yards

TDs – Lacy, 16

* Receiving

Receptions – Amari Cooper, 53

Yards – Cooper, 895

TDs – Cooper, 9

* Scoring

Points – Lacy, 102

* Defense

Tackles – C.J. Mosley, 99

INTs – Robwert Lester and H. Clinton-Dix, 4

Sacks – Adrian Hubbard, 6

Impression

“I’m extremely impressed with both (offensive and defensive) lines of Alabama. They are extremely skilled across the board. What makes them very difficult to defend is that they have a great playmaker on the perimeter (Cooper), where you can throw the ball down the field. Everyone talks about their great offensive line, but their (running) backs are physical. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for our football team. They are constructed the right way.”

— Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly

Tdavis@news-sentinel.com


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