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A how-to guide to beating Alabama

Originally Published: September 25, 2013
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jim McElwain doesn't buy much into the notion of Alabama's ability to be beaten. He didn't think so before his Colorado State Rams lost to the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday and he didn't think so the following Monday. Losing was expected. They were, after all, something like a five touchdown underdog.

"They weren't going to show us anything they were holding for an SEC opponent," McElwain said. "I understand that."

But McElwain, who served as Nick Saban's ...

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