After a wildly inconsistent season, Alabama finds itself exactly where it was a year ago -- 6-6 and preparing for the Independence Bowl. Unfortunately for the Tide, they committed $32 million to coach
Defensively, Alabama ranked 28th in the nation. The Tide feature three first-team All-SEC performers -- defensive lineman
First-year starting QB
Colorado's defense is anchored by senior linebacker
Colorado is coming off a remarkable 65-52 win over Nebraska, but the Buffs will find tougher sledding against Alabama's defense. Neither team can be overly thrilled to be in Shreveport, but the new coaches (Hawkins is in his second year, Saban in his first) are searching for anything to mark progress in their programs. Alabama's defense should be the difference in an even game.