Crimson Tide players hoping for better finish

AP: Expectations have only ratcheted higher for the Tide after last season’s surprising ascension into the national championship mix, thanks to a loaded defense and stars like receiver Julio Jones, nose guard Terrence Cody and linebacker Rolando McClain. … The Tide will try to reverse a recent trend: Since 1996, the four Alabama teams following seasons with double-digit wins have gone a combined 17-31.(read more on the Alabama Crimson Tide embedded below.)