Andre Smith runs at the 2009 NFL Combine. The 335-pound  offensive tackle had a standout career at Alabama and entered the 2009 NFL Draft as one of the top run-blocking tackles and a potential No. 1 pick. However, Smith showed up at the combine that year appearing rather out of shape; furthermore, he ducked out of the combine workouts early, claiming he wanted to prepare for Alabama’s Pro Day. He was eventually drafted sixth overall by the Bengals, who put a clause in his contract mandating that he stay below 350 pounds. Smith became a free agent after the 2012 season, and he has yet to land a new contract. (Bob Rosato/SI)
GALLERY: Wide Bodies Through NFL History

Andre Smith runs at the 2009 NFL Combine. The 335-pound  offensive tackle had a standout career at Alabama and entered the 2009 NFL Draft as one of the top run-blocking tackles and a potential No. 1 pick. However, Smith showed up at the combine that year appearing rather out of shape; furthermore, he ducked out of the combine workouts early, claiming he wanted to prepare for Alabama’s Pro Day. He was eventually drafted sixth overall by the Bengals, who put a clause in his contract mandating that he stay below 350 pounds. Smith became a free agent after the 2012 season, and he has yet to land a new contract. (Bob Rosato/SI)

GALLERY: Wide Bodies Through NFL History

Alabama may have delivered a win — and a drive — for the ages. Down 17-14 with fewer than two minutes remaining, ‘Bama gained possession on its own 28-yard line following a missed Drew Alleman field goal. AJ McCarron, who appeared rattled for most of the second half, completed three consecutive passes to junior wideout Kevin Norwood. Then the Tide completed the comeback: McCarron hooked up with freshman back T.J. Yeldon (pictured), who deked a defender and raced 28 yards to the end zone. Nick Saban’s squad improved to 9-0, while LSU’s Zach Mettenberger silenced many critics in defeat. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. (AP)
GALLERY: College Football Top 25 Review

Alabama may have delivered a win — and a drive — for the ages. Down 17-14 with fewer than two minutes remaining, ‘Bama gained possession on its own 28-yard line following a missed Drew Alleman field goal. AJ McCarron, who appeared rattled for most of the second half, completed three consecutive passes to junior wideout Kevin Norwood. Then the Tide completed the comeback: McCarron hooked up with freshman back T.J. Yeldon (pictured), who deked a defender and raced 28 yards to the end zone. Nick Saban’s squad improved to 9-0, while LSU’s Zach Mettenberger silenced many critics in defeat. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. (AP)

GALLERY: College Football Top 25 Review

Alabama quarterback Joe Namath and coach Bear Bryant stand on the sideline during a 1962 game against Tennessee. During his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record and a national championship in 1964. This year’s Alabama squad, which is ranked No. 1 in Andy Staples’ latest Power Rankings, is in position to win another championship if they keep up their dominant play.
STAPLES: Alabama No. 1 in this week’s Power Rankings GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

Alabama quarterback Joe Namath and coach Bear Bryant stand on the sideline during a 1962 game against Tennessee. During his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record and a national championship in 1964. This year’s Alabama squad, which is ranked No. 1 in Andy Staples’ latest Power Rankings, is in position to win another championship if they keep up their dominant play.


STAPLES: Alabama No. 1 in this week’s Power Rankings 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Joe Namath

It’s college football season and SI has five regional covers to preview the upcoming season. Among those featured are Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, USC’s Matt Barkley, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Alabama’s AJ McCarron. (Lon Horwedel/Icon SMI - Michigan; Matthew Emmons/US Presswire - Oklahoma; Peter Read Miller/SI - USC; Andrew Weber/US Presswire - WVU; Damian Strohmeyer/SI - Alabama) 

SI STAFF: 2012 College Football Preview Index

Former Crimson Tide football star Javier Arenas surveys whats left of the street where he lives after tornadoes swept through Tuscaloosa in April 2011. The tornadoes killed 50 people, including six Alabama students. A year later, the people are still recovering emotionally and physically, says SI’s Lars Anderson.
ANDERSON: One year later, tornado still impacting life in Tuscaloosa
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Former Crimson Tide football star Javier Arenas surveys whats left of the street where he lives after tornadoes swept through Tuscaloosa in April 2011. The tornadoes killed 50 people, including six Alabama students. A year later, the people are still recovering emotionally and physically, says SI’s Lars Anderson.

ANDERSON: One year later, tornado still impacting life in Tuscaloosa

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The face of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson tells the story of last night’s BCS Championship as the Alabama defense shut out the Tigers in a 21-0 victory. The victory gave Alabama its second championship in three years. (Bill Frakes/SI)
MANDEL: Alabama dominates LSU for SEC’s sixth straight BCS crownVIDEO: How Alabama ended LSU’s perfect run | Postgame ReactionsSTAPLES: Alabama earned my AP vote, end discussion of split titleANDERSON: Handing out awards for BCS Championship game

The face of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson tells the story of last night’s BCS Championship as the Alabama defense shut out the Tigers in a 21-0 victory. The victory gave Alabama its second championship in three years. (Bill Frakes/SI)

MANDEL: Alabama dominates LSU for SEC’s sixth straight BCS crown
VIDEO: How Alabama ended LSU’s perfect run | Postgame Reactions
STAPLES: Alabama earned my AP vote, end discussion of split title
ANDERSON: Handing out awards for BCS Championship game