Trent Richardson, Mark Ingram: With Best RB Duo, Tide Is Ready To Roll in 2010

Derek SmithCorrespondent IJune 9, 2010

The Crimson Tide of Alabama are housing the best running back tandem in D-l football, and maybe the best duo the country has ever seen.

With Trent Richardson and Heisman winner Mark Ingram in the backfield, and a defense that refuses to quit, Alabama is ready to roll in 2010.

Anybody who is anybody has tried to run the Wildcat at least once, right?  With Ingram and Richardson both capable of afterburner speed, and both having keen eyes for the gap, trying to defend the Wildcat is near impossible for anyone to defend.

Last year Ingram rushed for 2,386 yards and 29 touchdowns on 414 carries in his career.  He is a junior this year!

Richardson had 145 carries and ran for 751 yards with eight touchdowns as a true freshman in 2009.

On defense, 'Bama is bringing the best in the biz to the line this fall.  Courtney Upshaw is 100 percent healthy and that spells trouble for, well, just about everyone.

Also starting for the Tide on defense is lineman Josh Chapman, who bench presses almost double his 6'1", 310-pound frame.

And let's not forget about Greg McElroy, a QB who has never lost a game as a starter, ever!

Alabama no longer has "questions" on defense, and the offense is running like a well-oiled machine.  Aside from the final six conference games all coming off bye weeks, the Tide have no one to worry about except themselves.

Much like the Florida Gators two seasons ago, Alabama just needs to make sure they execute and play 'til the whistle on every down, and they will be just fine.

Nick Saban is quite possibly the smartest and most disciplined coach in college football history, and I have no doubt he will have his team on the same level come game time.

The Tide will roll this fall, and with a little luck, Coach Saban's elite will hoist the Crystal Football for the second straight year.

Signing off and Roll Tide,

Derek Smith