Posted September 02, 2012 on alabama.scout.com
It was almost too easy to pick the “key to victory” for Alabama prior to the season-opening game against Michigan in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. After the game, it was obvious the Crimson Tide was much better than the Wolverines in a lot of areas, but perhaps the most telling was that the “key” was turned.
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