A look at Bama

The Crimson Tide were ranked atop the final AP poll of the 1992 season after knocking off Miami 34-13 in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Before the Sugar Bowl, the Tide sat at No. 2 in the polls, unable to reach the top spot until the final poll of the season. Now, for the first time since the ninth week of the 1980 season, Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the regular season AP poll.

The Crimson Tide moved to 9-0 on the season and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play with a 35-0 win over the visiting Arkansas State Red Wolves last Saturday.


The date marks the first return to Tiger Stadium for Alabama head coach Nick Saban, whose legacy was left in Tiger lore after coaching the Bayou Bengals to victory in the 2003 Bowl Championship Series title game in the fourth year of his five-year tenure.


The Tide are led by senior quarterback John Parker Wilson, completing 124-of-204 for 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.


Last week, Wilson was successful on 15 of his 28 attempts with one interception. This marks the second week in a row that the Hoover-native has failed to record a touchdown through the air.


On the ground, the Tide have seen significant production from a number of backs.


Leading the way is junior Glenn Coffee, who has rushed for 894 yards and seven touchdowns on 136 carries. Going without a touchdown in Alabama's first three games, Coffee has managed seven touchdowns in the Tide's last six outings.


Freshman Mark Ingram has provided sound relief for Coffee, carrying the ball 94 times for 533 yards and eight touchdowns.


If the ground attack from Coffee and Ingram were not enough for opponents, the Tide's third back, junior Roy Upchurch, has already surpassed his totals from last season, carrying the ball 56 times for 335 yards and four touchdowns.


Leading the receiving corps is standout freshman Julio Jones, who has lived up to his pre-season billing by pulling in 33 receptions for 506 yards and four touchdowns.


Senior tight end Nick Walker is the team's second leading receiver, amassing 23 receptions for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, Walker has been silent of late, as both touchdowns were recorded within Alabama's first three games of the season.


Defensively, the Tide are led by senior safety Rashad Johnson, who leads the team in solo tackles (39) and total tackles (58).


Brandon Deaderick has been dominant across the front line en route to leading the team in sacks, recording 3.5 on the season for a total loss of 23 yards.


Junior defensive back Justin Woodall leads the Tide in interceptions with four, two more than the next highest total on the team.


The Tide defense, one of the stingiest in the nation, is holding opponents to just 12.2 points per game and 251.4 yards of total offense. On the ground, Alabama is conceding an average of only 65.6 yards a game to opponents.


On special teams, both Chris Rogers and Javier Arenas have returned punts for touchdowns, while kicker Leigh Tiffin has hit on 13-of-18 field goal attempts.


Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm on Saturday in Tiger Stadium and it will be televised by CBS.

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