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And in the Meantime, No. 1 Alabama Just Cruises

Alabama RB Eddie Lacy
Alabama RB Eddie LacyDenny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 13, 2012

Notre Dame won in overtime over Stanford on a touchdown that was never called, West Virginia got stomped by Texas Tech...and in the meantime, Alabama just kept on doing "Alabama things."

The Crimson Tide have won two of the last three BCS national championships and won 42 games over the last three-plus seasons following their 42-10 dismantling of Missouri in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.

For the most part, they've been doing it in the exact same way every game—by keeping it simple.

Alabama runs the ball and plays defense.

This is not exactly rocket science.

That was the case at Missouri, where Eddie Lacy ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, T.J. Yeldon rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Alabama's defense limited the Tigers to just 152 yards of total offense.

That's strong, really strong.

Granted, Corbin Berkstresser starting at quarterback in place of James Franklin didn't help matters for Missouri, but Franklin's presence probably wouldn't have made a difference.

Franklin is a weapon because of his dual-threat capabilities, but Alabama's rush defense was stout all day long, holding the Tigers to just 26 rushing yards on 28 attempts. 

Plus, the last time I checked, Franklin doesn't play defense.

The dynamic duo of Lacy and Yeldon ripped off chunk after chunk of yardage for the Crimson Tide, averaging 8.9 yards per carry between the two of them.

Alabama isn't flashy, fancy or tricky.

The Tide line up and come right at you on both sides of the ball.

That has proven to be the path of least resistance more times than not during the Nick Saban era. Missouri couldn't stop it on Saturday, and only four times have teams succeeded in doing so since the start of the 2009 season.

Alabama doesn't use an exotic offensive scheme. It keeps it simple, lines up and plays grown-man football on defense.

Don't mess with success.


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