No. 2 Alabama vs. Michigan


Published: Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.

Gatorsports.com counts down the top 25 games in the SEC for the 2012 season.

No. 2 ALABAMA VS. MICHIGAN

When: Sept. 1

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

Why it's No. 2: A big-time non-conference matchup to start the 2012 season. Michigan is coming off a Sugar Bowl appearance and is favored to win the Big Ten this year. Defending national champion Alabama lost some underclassmen to the NFL draft, but the Tide always find a way to rebuild.

Series history: Michigan leads 2-1.

Rivalry on scale of 1-100:20. Both schools are traditional powers, but haven't played against each other often enough to merit any significant rivalry. The last time the two teams played, Michigan-turned-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the Wolverines to a 35-34 comeback win over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl.

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