Freshman talent boosts Bama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The final hurrah of the second half has been more of a dull sigh for the University of Alabama in 2012. The crowds are usually a fraction of what they were at kickoff, the television audience presumably off to find the next best thing as well.

Excitement in the final 30 minutes of play has been minimal, the exception being the manufactured buzz of a scoreless streak that ended in last weekend's game against Florida Atlantic.

Hefty leads built through the first two quarters -- UA has averaged a 24.75-point lead heading into intermission -- have meant an early end to the day for Alabama starters. But it has also meant the beginning of the day for others.