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2012 BCS Champ. Position Breakdown - Coaches

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Posted Jan 6, 2012


As a primer, check out the position-by-position breakdown of the 2012 BCS Championship.

2012 BCS Champ. Breakdown

Alabama vs. LSU - Coaches

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CFN 2012 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches

By Pete Fiutak

Alabama: Is head coach Nick Saban ready to be considered the premier head coach in college football? He already has the respect from the coaching community like Bill Belichick gets from the pro types, and with a win he’ll come up with his third national title, making him the only current head coach with more than two.

The disastrous stint with the Miami Dolphins now well in the rearview mirror, he was brought to Alabama to restore the glory, and despite impossible expectations and unrealistic hopes from the fan base, he has been even better than anyone could’ve ever hoped for with one national title, coming close to a second, and now putting the program on the cusp of another. And it’s not going to stop here.

Saban is considered a solid gameday coach, but his talents lie in the prep work. He has turned into a tremendous recruiter with the name recognition and the résumé to go after any player in America he wants. If you’re a top high school talent with dreams of playing in the NFL, your stock goes up in a big way the second you sign with Alabama.

Saban isn’t exactly Bobby Bowden when it comes to being warm and fuzzy, and his approach is more business-like and more serious than it probably should be for a college football head coach – no one is better at sucking the joy out of a big win – but it works. He turned Alabama into a superpower again.

This will be the last game for offensive coordinator Jim McElwain before he takes over the Colorado State head coaching job. While he’s had to deal with some of the duties a new head coach has to handle, the game preparation is expected to be a problem. The benefit of having more than a month between games has allowed him to do both.

LSU: Really, Les Miles is a terrific football coach, but it took this to remind everyone.

It’s not like he was on any sort of a hot seat, but after his flirtation with the Michigan job in 2007 – which, as the story goes, he probably would’ve taken if a perfect storm events not happened to put LSU in the SEC and BCS championships – he went 17-9 over a two year span. While going 11-2 in 2010 looked good on paper, many of the wins were in dramatic – some would say fluky – variety. It might have been 11-2, but it could’ve been considered a soft 11-2 with no SEC West title and no BCS appearance. And then came this year.

LSU went 11-0 in 1958. That’s the last time the program got through a season unbeaten, with a loss to Florida in the 2003 national title run and two losses in the 2007 championship year. This season, Miles has turned his eccentricities and his somewhat wacky personality into an attitude that his team has adopted. Having been through crazy game after crazy game during his tenure, this season, there was never any flinching in the tough moments and there was an eerie calm just when it seemed like the season was about to change.

West Virginia was cranking up its passing game? It didn’t matter. Georgia owned the first half of the SEC championship and Arkansas had the Tigers in trouble early? Whatever. Miles seemed to fully and completely understand that he had the strongest football on the field game after game – including the win over Alabama – and he never wavered. His team never wavered.

Dominant in bowl games under his guidance, LSU is 5-1 with the only loss coming in the final seconds against Penn State in the 2010 Capital One Bowl. He might seem a bit wacky and eccentric, and he might not get a whole bunch of credit for being a top Xs and Os coach, but he has helped put together the best team in college football and with one more win he’ll join Saban and Urban Meyer as the only three head current head coaches with more than one national title.

ADVANTAGE: Alabama. Miles is far better than he gets credit for – you don’t win that many close games without doing something right – but Saban is the best in the business when it comes to preparing a team for a huge game. Saban, combined with McElwain and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, have the ability and potential to do more with their gameplan than Miles and his staff will do. LSU isn’t going to come up with too many new wrinkles, partly because that’s the way the team rolls. Alabama will come up with something new and different on both sides of the ball.
 
CFN 2012 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION BREAKDOWN
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs
- Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defensive Lines | Linebackers
- Secondaries | Special Teams | Coaches