It’s been said, but the Alabama Crimson Tide is the real deal again in 2012. Their most recent shellacking of their opposition came to the tune of a 27-0 start against SEC neophyte Missouri.
The Tigers didn’t even stand a chance and the final 42-10 score isn’t indicative of how lopsided the Crimson Tide’s victory really was. Action was delayed after the Tide took a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Alabama ran for 360 yards with 321 yards of that total coming from Eddie Lacey and T.J. Yeldon alone.
Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was sacked six times and the Tigers offense was limited to just 129 overall yards after the sack yardage was applied.
"That is maybe the best team I have ever seen," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said, according to Associated Press reporting (via ESPN).
What makes them so great, though?
Their complete control of the line of scrimmage has allowed the Crimson Tide to dictate the pace of the game. That’s true on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Because of that physical control over the line, the team has been able to impose its will on opposing teams by punishing them with a relentless rushing assault. They haven’t been fancy with it nor have they had to be.
Instead, they line up and shut down their opponents, moving bodies to open holes for their talented running backs.
On defense, it’s more of the same—Bama defensive linemen are blowing up holes and swarming ball carriers at the point of attack.
The secondary is solid too, recording nine interceptions. It does have the added advantage of a very effective pass rush that’s disrupted and tormented opposing offenses.
Take all of those positives and mix in an accurate and relatively mistake-free quarterback in A.J. McCarron and you have the perfect combination of what it takes to dominate competition in college football. McCarron isn’t perfect, but he’s been perfect for what the Tide need him to do.
He’s thrown 12 touchdowns and no interceptions to lead this team to another 6-0 start.
What makes them great is that they are one of the only complete college football teams in the nation. Other teams do one or two things extremely well, but you won’t find another program who can do it all like the Crimson Tide.