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    Alabama: The Road To The BCS

    By: Sean Cartell
    SEC Digital Network

    Quick Facts

    Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Founded:
    1831
    Enrollment:
    31,747
    Nickname:
    Crimson Tide
    Colors:
    Crimson and White
    Stadium:
    Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)
    All Time Record:
    813-320-43 (.710)
    All Time SEC Record:
    358-163-20 (.680)
    2011 Record:
    11-1
    2011 SEC Record/ Finish:
    7-1 / 2nd Western Division
    National Championships:
    13
    SEC Championships:
    22

    The Nick Saban Coaching File

    Hometown: Fairmont, W.Va.
    Alma Mater: Kent State
    Playing Career: Defensive Back at Kent State, 1970-72
    Coaching Experience: Kent State Graduate Assistant (1972-74); Kent State Defensive Assistant (1975-76); Syracuse Defensive Assistant (1977); West Virginia Defensive Assistant (1978-79); Ohio State Defensive Backs (1980-81); Navy Defensive Assistant (1982); Michigan State Defensive Backs/Defensive Coordinator (1983-87); Houston Oilers Defensive Backs (1988-89); Toledo Head Coach (1990); Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator (1991-94); Michigan State Head Coach (1995-99); LSU Head Coach (2000-04); Miami Dolphins Head Coach (2005-06); Alabama Head Coach (2007-Present).

    2011 Schedule and Results

    Date-Opponent-Result
    Sept. 3 – Kent State – W, 48-7
    Sept. 10 – at Penn State – W, 27-11
    Sept. 17 – North Texas – W, 41-0
    Sept. 24 – Arkansas – W, 38-14
    Oct. 1 – at Florida – W, 38-10
    Oct. 8 – Vanderbilt – W, 34-0
    Oct. 15 – at Ole Miss – W, 52-7
    Oct. 22 – Tennessee – W, 37-6
    Nov. 5 – LSU – L, 6-9 (OT)
    Nov. 12 – at Mississippi State – W, 24-7
    Nov. 19 – Georgia Southern – W, 45-21
    Nov. 26 – at Auburn – W, 42-14

    Sean’s Take
    The storied Alabama program will get another shot at top-ranked LSU on Monday when the two square off for the BCS National Championship. It will be the second trip to the BCS title game for the Crimson Tide, who won the national championship two years ago.

    The regular-season matchup was as close as any game could be, with LSU winning 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa, so expect another epic battle in New Orleans. Alabama will depend on its veteran leadership as the 2011 senior class has won a school-record 47 games over the past four seasons, which is the second-best four-year total in Southeastern Conference history. It is just two victories shy of Nebraska’s 49 wins in a four-year span, which holds the national lead among BCS schools.

    The Crimson Tide are widely considered the nation’s top defensive squad, holding opponents to a nation-low 191.3 yards of total offense per game. The Tide also ranks first nationally in pass efficiency, scoring defense (just 8.8 ppg), rushing defense and pass defense.