Bcs Championship 2012
January 6, 2012 by staff
Bcs Championship 2012, Many will argue that Alabama’s 2012 defense is the best in program history. Another stellar performance against LSU, and even a victory, could cement the unit’s place among not only the Crimson Tide’s best, but all of college football’s as well.
Alabama finished the regular season ranked No. 1 nationally in five major statistical categories: rushing defense, pass-efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense and passing defense.
The No. 1 priority entering the BCS Championship Game will be stopping quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. In the first meeting, Alabama had two game plans — one for each LSU quarterback.
Statistically, Alabama was solid, limiting the duo to 91 passing yards with five quarterback hurries, including a sack by linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
Lee started the game, but Jefferson entered and became LSU’s best offensive option. He was 6-of-10 passing for 67 yards, and he ran 11 times for 46 yards.
Jefferson got a large majority of the snaps in the later part of the season and is a dual threat.
Also of concern for Alabama are sophomore running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford. Ford ran 11 times for 72 yards, and Ware had 16 carries for 29 yards in the first meeting.
Containment will begin with Alabama’s defensive front, which entered the season as a question mark. Void of the flashy statistics that have piled up behind them, Alabama’s linemen pride themselves in taking double teams and letting linebackers and defensive backs gain the glory.
Nose guard Josh Chapman anchors the line and has gutted through a knee injury throughout the season. Defensive ends Damion Square and Jesse Williams have provided much needed stability, and players such as Ed Stinson, Quinton Dial and Nick Gentry have provided depth.
In passing situations, Upshaw becomes a sack machine, purely focused getting the guy with the football. He has 8½ sacks and 17 tackles for loss.
On the field, plenty is orchestrated by middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who has racked up a team-high 81 tackles. He had seven against the Tigers, and tipped his hat to fellow interior linebacker Nico Johnson, who had a career-high 11 tackles against LSU.
Alabama’s secondary will have plenty of challenges with wide receivers such as Russell Shepard and Rueben Randle. Together, the duo combined for four catches and 58 receiving yards in Tuscaloosa.
The Tide defensive backs are led by senior Mark Barron, who was second in tackles for Alabama with 66. Fellow safety Robert Lester, and cornerbacks DeQuan Menzie, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dee Milliner collectively are consider among the nation’s elite talents.
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