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December 28, 2013

McCarron hoping to finish Alabama career strong

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The only previous time in McCarron's career Alabama didn't win the title was the 2010 season, when he was Greg McElroy's backup. The Tide blew out No. 7 Michigan State 49-7 in the Capital One Bowl and is 36-3 since.

McCarron said he's not treating this game as a chance to improve his NFL draft stock.

"I'm committed to this team," he said. "That's my job. Play my game and play the best I can for us. Whatever happens, happens in the future. I'm pretty sure if (ESPN draft analyst) Mel Kiper thinks I'm fourth round still, then one game isn't going to change his mind.

"There's nothing I can do but play for my team."

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