How college football has changed since the beginning of the new millennium
The college football era has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.
With the advent of the NCAA in 2010, college football entered a new era, with the formation of the SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and the ACC.
The growth of college football was rapid, with programs like Texas A&M, LSU and Auburn quickly growing and winning national championships in the late 2000s.
But there were also some big misses in the first decade, as a lot of teams struggled to get their programs back on track after losing players or losing money.
One of those big misses was Alabama, which missed the national title game in 2008, and had been a hot team in recent years.
Alabama was a favorite to win the national championship for the second consecutive year, but after losing Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush to a season-ending injury, the Tide struggled to close out games and lose in the SEC Championship game.
But with the advent and growth of the Pac-10 Conference, Alabama was able to get back on the right track.
In 2009, the Crimson Tide made their way to the Pac 12 Championship game and won, beating Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State in overtime to win their first conference championship in nearly a decade.
Alabama went on to win its second title in as many seasons, finishing fifth in the Pac 10.
However, the team was still in rebuilding mode when the 2011 season started, and they didn’t get off to the best start in years.
They were 11-3, and a new coach at the helm was Scott Frost.
With Frost at the controls, Alabama won their first bowl game in school history, but that was only the start of a tumultuous few years that would see the team go on to go to the Rose Bowl in 2013, lose to LSU and lose the national crown in the Rose game to Alabama again.
Alabama ended the 2013 season on a high note with a stunning win over Auburn, but injuries hit the team hard and in the midst of all of this, the program was struggling to find its footing.
The 2011 season saw Alabama make a run at the College Football Playoff.
They lost their second bowl game of the season, and went on a five game losing streak, but still managed to win out, and ended up in the BCS Championship game against USC.
But a bad stretch in 2012 and a disappointing finish in 2013 meant the Crimson, who had won the last five national championships, were not a title contender heading into the 2014 season.
But things were about to change for the Crimson.
In the second half of the 2014 regular season, the Alabama offense was a complete force to be reckoned with.
With Heisman Trophy Winner Tua Tagovailoa, who would go on play for the Seahawks this season, leading the way, the offense put up more than 1,000 rushing yards on the ground and had three players in the top five of the Heisman voting in the country.
This was a completely different team than the one that had just won the Boca Raton Bowl and the national championships.
That same year, the offensive line was also at a high level, leading all linemen in rushing yards and tackles for loss.
Alabama also had one of the best defensive lines in the nation, led by Deiontrez Mount, and led the nation in sacks.
The offensive line had some big plays, like running back Arian Foster breaking the game open with a touchdown run in the second quarter, and tailback Derrick Henry breaking a 34-3 deficit with a 59-yard touchdown run.
However the most explosive play came in the third quarter, when quarterback Jalen Hurts scored on a 24-yard pass to running back Derrick Henry.
It was a big play, but a play that would have been much more impressive if it were caught on film.
This play, which was also caught on tape, showed the depth that Alabama had at quarterback, with quarterback JalEN Hurts running the ball with his legs and catching the pass in stride.
But when the play went down, it was obvious that the Tide’s offense was not fully equipped to take advantage of it.
Hurts would be sacked five times in the final four minutes of the game, including once on the game-winning touchdown.
But in the end, the defense showed that it was capable of holding its own against an offense that was at its best when Hurts was in the game.
A few key plays in the season opener by Alabama could have had a huge impact on the outcome of the Alabama football season.
The first play was a touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong.
The Alabama offensive line and running back were both solid at the line of scrimmage, but the Tide didn’t have enough speed to take a shot down the field.
So the Tide went to Strong, who was able go down the seam and make a leaping catch to score the winning touchdown.
Strong and the offensive linemen were able to do a great job