College Football: Alabama Crimson Tide Keys To Victory Over Penn State

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College Football: Alabama Crimson Tide Keys To Victory Over Penn State

Two great traditional football programs are set to meet for the first time in twenty years this Saturday evening. The University of Alabama plays host to Penn State University. The 2010 Crimson Tide is a blend of mature, championship caliber talent on the offensive side of the ball and young, inexperienced talent on defense with a few well positoned defensive leaders.

Seven key players must step up the intensity of their play and exert their leadership on the field this weekend in order for the Crimson Tide to decisively defend the home turf against the Nittany Lions. With exception to the quarterback, Greg McElroy, these players are first year starters.

Julio Jones, Trent Richardson, James Carpenter, William Vlachos, Barrett Jones and Marquis Maze are expected to perform well and have not let their level of performance drop from the 2009 peak performance. They are proven winners and timely playmakers. Same goes for key defenders like Donta' Hightower, Luther Davis and Mark Barron.

But in order for this team to have success against Penn State, others will have to contribute in meaningful ways.

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