Nick Saban gets a Gatorade bath after leading Alabama to its second consecutive national championship (and three of the last four) with a 42-14 victory over Notre Dame. (Gary Bogdon/SI)
Crimson Tide DL Quinton Dial celebrates with the Alabama flag after winning the SEC championship game. (Pouya Dianet/SI)
Alabama cheerleaders and a mascot celebrate the team’s mascot, Big Al, celebrate after the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia to secure a berth in the BCS Championship game against Notre Dame.
Alabama quarterback Joe Namath (12) and his teammates sit on the bench during a 1962 game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. (Neil Leifer/SI)
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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)
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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.
Legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant talks to a player during a 1966 game. Bryant won 232 games and six national championships during his 25 years coaching the Crimson Tide. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)
Eddie Lacy and the rest of the Alabama football squad stool tall against Arkansas in a 52-0 blowout victory on Saturday. Lacy ran for three touchdowns for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, who gained a total of 441 yards on offense. (AP)
SI photographer Bob Rosato captures an aerial view of Auburn’s Chris Porter taking a charge on Alabama’s Jeremy Hays during a 1999 game between the SEC rivals. (Bob Rosato/SI)
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.
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This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first features Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas as the Bruins prepare to defend the Stanley Cup. The second is Detroit WR Calvin Johnson, who has helped the Lions race out to a perfect 4-0 record. The final cover is Alabama DL Josh Chapman and questions whether the Crimson Tide’s defense could be the best ever? (Bruins - Damien Strohmeyer/SI; Lions - David E. Klutho/SI; Alamaba - Bill Frakes/SI)