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Updated: August 31, 2012, 9:55 AM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As if the Crimson Tide didn't have enough inspiration to defend its national title, they get thrown right into the fire against the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines to start the season.

After months of hitting each other in practice and praying for the season to start, the time for kickoff is here. The time to figure out who the Crimson Tide will become in 2012 starts with a battle of top-10 teams on Saturday.

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