2009 Record: 14-0
Returning Starters: 10: Eight offense, two defense
The Alabama Crimson Tide will attempt to defend its national championship with great offensive play and a stifling defense.
Running backs Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, who combined for 25 rushing touchdowns and three more through the air, lead an Alabama attack that looks to pound defenses into submission.
Senior quarterback Greg McElroy looks to keep his perfect record as a collegiate starter intact. His 17 touchdowns from last season should improve as receivers Julio Jones and Marquis Maze highlight a talented corps.
The defense could become a mystery, as only two starters from last year's championship squad return. Playmakers need to emerge quickly for Alabama to keep its second ranked defense from last season strong.
Safety Mark Barron, who will be an anchor in the secondary, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower, will lead the dominating Crimson Tide defense.
The high-power Alabama offense is there and is capable of producing big plays at will.
The question is: Will the defense be able to fill the massive void that was left from the conclusion of last season?
If they can address the issues on defense, the Crimson Tide could very well be hoisting up another national championship.