The Alabama Crimson Tide have one game left to play this season, and it’s a big one. The Tide face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the BCS National Championship on January 7, in what is sure to be one for the ages.
Regardless of how that game turns out, Alabama had an amazing season in 2012, and we wanted to take a look at some of the great moments of the season with this countdown. Is your top moment on our list, or did we leave out the best one of all? Let us know.
10. Alabama rolls over Arkansas 52-0
The Arkansas Razorbacks were poised for a run at the SEC title in 2012, before off-the-field troubles derailed their season. Alabama took full advantage of the turmoil, imposing their will on the Hawgs and racking up 438 yards of total offense in the process. Arkansas fared no better with the ball than they did on offense; the Razorbacks were one of four shutouts for the Crimson Tide defense in 2012.
9. Eddie Lacy takes the opening handoff 73 yards against Missouri
In the first meeting as SEC rivals between Alabama and Missouri, junior running back Eddie Lacy didn’t take long to make an impression on the Tigers. Taking the first handoff of the game from AJ McCarron, Lacy rumbled 73 yards for the touchdown. Alabama won the game – which was delayed a half hour due to storms – by a count of 42-10, due in part to Lacy’s three-touchdown performance. But there was arguably a more exciting play later in the game, and later in our countdown…
8. Yeldon announces his arrival against Michigan
Eddie Lacy was the star running back in the post-Richardson era, but it was true freshman T.J. Yeldon who instantly became a fan favorite in 2012. Yeldon, who switched his commitment from Auburn at the last minute, exploded onto the scene in the Tide’s opener against the Michigan Wolverines. Yeldon set a freshman record with 111 yards in his first game with Alabama, and displayed the field vision and speed that the Crimson Tide would call upon later in the season, in a critical moment that also made our countdown.
7. AJ McCarron announces he’ll return for his senior season
The lynchpin of the Crimson Tide offense is junior quarterback AJ McCarron, and fans were elated with the news he would return for his final season at the Capstone. McCarron has 5,692 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career at Alabama. Even more amazing, a win against Notre Dame in January would give him three national championship rings, and a 2013 offense loaded with talent will give him an excellent shot at a fourth.
6. Amari Cooper lights up Tennessee
Freshman Amari Cooper was AJ McCarron’s favorite target in 2012, with 895 yards receiving on the year. Against the Volunteers Cooper had a breakout game, with 162 yards and two touchdowns. He now holds the freshman record for receiving touchdowns with nine, besting Julio Jones’ four scores, with a game against Notre Dame left to play.
Our countdown continues with the top five highlights of the season…