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NCAA 12 Player Ratings Make Alabama The Entire SEC's Equal

NCAA Football 12 is finally upon us, and unless if you're a big a nerd as some of us this is the first time you're looking at team and player ratings. Thus, you're probably about to start complaining about dozens of things.

The most common grievance levied about last year's ratings was the nearly perfect set of numbers given the Alabama Crimson Tide. The team was stacked on both sides of the ball, Mark Ingram was the ultimate weapon and three or four years into a dynasty Bama was the only team able to remain in the upper-90s. In our dynasty, nobody was allowed to play as Alabama; they actually functioned as more of an end-level boss than a competing football team.

This year's edition isn't quite as bad, but Alabama's still an all-star team. Pretty much literally. If you put together an All-SEC roster minus Tide players and took it against Alabama, you wouldn't really have an advantage on either side of the ball. Here are the ratings given Bama's starters, compared to the top SEC player at each position (plus backup QBs, to illustrate Alabama's depth):


SEC Alabama


QB Aaron Murray (92), Chris Reif (88) A.J. McCarron (86), Phillip Sims (86)


HB Marcus Lattimore (95), Michael Dyer (93) Trent Richardson (95), Eddie Lacy (87)


WR Alshon Jeffery (96), Joe Adams (92) Marquis Maze (91), Darius Hanks (88)


TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (92) Michael Williams (81)


OL Trinton Sturdivant 90, Jon Halapio (90), T-Bob Hebert (92), Robert Blackmon 64 (89), Addison Lawrence (91) Tyler Love (85), Chance Warmack (88), William Vlachos (92), Barrett Jones (91), Alfred McCullough (88)


DL Kendrick Adams (86), Fletcher Cox (87), Jaye Howard (92) Darrington Sentimore (85), Josh Chapman (91), Damion Square (88)


LB Danny Trevathan (91), Jerry Franklin (92), Jelani Jenkins (91), Ryan Baker (89) Nico Johnson (91), Dont'a Hightower (96), C.J. Mosley (88), Courtney Upshaw (93),


CB Janoris Jenkins (92), Morris Claiborne (90) Dre Kirkpatrick (92), DeMarcus Milliner (86)


S Charles Mitchell (91), Janzen Jackson (91) Robert Lester (93), Mark Barron (93)

In Trent Richardson and Dont'a Hightower, Alabama has two of the conference's four best players, plus most of its best defensive starters. Neither of those are outrageous, but making Alabama that great across the board is kind of hilarious.

The SEC side's average offensive starter is rated 92. Alabama's is an 88.3. On defense, however, the SEC team rates a 90.1 per player, just short of Alabama's 90.5. Thus, the average Alabama starter is rated fewer than two points worse than his All-SEC counterpart, and without TE Michael Williams' 81 dragging down the whole operation would be about one point shy. 

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.