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The Jumbo Package: 12-13-10

Michigan State heads to film room in preparation for Capital One Bowl against Alabama |

The Spartans, especially the captains of the team, have repeated the mantra of going 1-0 this week for each game through the season. They have adjusted it to going 1-0 in the bowl game, Cousins said.

"It’s easy to focus on one game now," he said. "I know for me, it’s important to finish with a win for this team. We want to finish like champions, and I don’t want to see the seniors like Greg Jones and Aaron Bates hanging their heads after this one. I want them to go out with their heads up, celebrating a victory. I’m going to be as ready for this game as possible."

Tide in the running for top running back |

It’s easy to see why Crowell is considered one of the top running backs in the country, and why Alabama has made him a priority for its 2011 recruiting class.

"He just has that ‘it’ factor that’s kind of hard to put into words, but he has it," McGee said. "You tell the kids certain things and certain fundamentals. You can coach certain aspects, but a lot of things the great athletes have is just natural and God-given."

The Last Night of the Longhorn Empire - Burnt Orange Nation

I spent the afternoon of January 7, 2010 tailgating on the gorgeous lawns of the Brookside golf course surrounding the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  I spent the evening of January 7, 2010 in the second to last row of the Alabama end zone of the Rose Bowl, barely breathing as I watched true freshman backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert valiantly attempt to lead Texas back from a nearly insurmountable deficit to beat Alabama and win the National Championship.  In between, on the walk to the stadium from the tailgate, the sun began to go down over the western hills, the balmy valley air developed a distinct chill, and one giant, obnoxious metaphor reared its ugly head: the sun was setting on Mack Brown's Texas Longhorn empire.

Alabama’s Road Woes Continue with Loss to Providence | isportsweb

It was a tale of two halves once again for Alabama. They played very well in the first half and went into the locker room tied at 40 with Providence. Alabama had a bevy of opportunities to take a lead into the half, but they couldn’t capitalize.

 Just has been the case all season so far, Alabama fell apart in the second half. They just don’t have the depth in some key areas to compete with good teams for 40 minutes.

Alabama still searching for first road win |

After this latest setback, UA is 0-5 on the road this season and 0-11 all-time on the road against Big East teams.

"It’s very disconcerting," JaMychal Green said of the Tide’s road futility. "I feel like you’ve got to learn to put it together. You’ve got to learn to fight through adversity. When we ran into adversity here, we just laid down.

"You’ve got to come together as a team and play with one another."