Alabama vs. Michigan: 5 New Starters Most Likely to Choke on the Big Stage

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Alabama vs. Michigan: 5 New Starters Most Likely to Choke on the Big Stage
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The Alabama and Michigan matchup is closer than ever from kicking off and settling the debate of which team is truly a national championship contender in the 2012 season. Both squads return a lot of key players from a year ago and are out to fight for respect this season, as they both had successful runs in 2011.

We are all familiar with the stars of both teams such as A.J. McCarron, Eddie Lacy and Denard Robinson, but each year there are always new starters that step onto the scene. These guys are expected to replace the talented players that came before them and make immediate contributions for their team.

The problem is that being a first-year starter and having your first game under the bright lights, in a game that could either make or break your season, isn't easy.

Here are five new faces that could crumble under the pressure in the big matchup.

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