Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon don’t have a menacing/witty nickname for their dynamic partnership in Alabama’s backfield. According to Lacy, they’re just “T.J. and Eddie.” With the way they continuously beat up defenders, that might be intimidating enough because when they carry the rock, someone is going to get smacked in the jaw, and most of the time it isn’t one of them.
Alabama had to throw to beat LSU for the national title a year ago, and if it worked once, maybe it can work again. Like LSU last year, Notre Dame brings one of the nation's top run defenses into the BCS National Championship Game, which means Alabama's hopes of winning the crown again could rest on its passing game. That will put the spotlight squarely on one of the Tide's youngest players.True freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper. He leads Alabama in receptions (53), receiving yards (895) and receiving touchdowns (nine). All those figures were more than twice as many as the second-place pass-catcher.