No. 2 Alabama wins 41-14 over No. 8 Michigan

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas - Alabama coach Nick Saban believes his latest talented and tenacious team took a step toward creating its own identity.

Though it felt a lot like the 2011 Crimson Tide never left on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

Dee Milliner and Alabama defense pushed around Michigan and showed they can still dominate, manhandling the eighth-ranked Wolverines and pounding Denard Robinson in a season-opening 41-14 victory Saturday night.

Alabama had to replace most of its starters, including three first-round draft picks, from a defense that led the nation in just about everything last year and helped the Tide win its second national title in three seasons.

"I think we came out in the first game and established the kind of identity we're going to have on this team," Milliner said.