Alabama’s national championship team of 2009 is ranked as the No. 3 college football team of the 2000s, in a list compiled by NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.
The Crimson Tide crushed the defending champs, Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators, in the SEC Championship game before beating the Texas Longhorns in the BCS National Championship game.
Alabama finished behind the 2001 Miami Hurricanes and the 2000 Oklahoma Sooners in the ranking. Both of those teams went undefeated and won national titles as well.
Goodbread had this to say about the Nick Saban team that brought Alabama its first title in 16 years:
On the strength of a dominating defense led by linebacker Rolando McClain, Mark Barron and Marcell Dareus, Alabama held half its regular-season opponents to seven points or less. Offensively, the rushing combination of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson totaled over 2,400 yards. UA’s SEC title game win was a complete dismantling of a fabulous UF team led by then-senior Tim Tebow.
Goodbread lists Alabama’s biggest regular season win as the 24-15 win over LSU, and names the 12-10 victory over Tennessee as Alabama’s narrow escape. In that game, the Tide needed two blocked field goals by Terrence Cody to secure a win over then-head coach of the Volunteers Lane Kiffin.