Alabama to open as Preseason Favorite

The NCAA season starts in just nine days with the Alabama Crimson Tide as the two-time defending champion. Many are wondering if Head Coach Nick Saban can direct his team to a third straight title.

Saban is not interested in hearing about a “dynasty” as he says each year is new, with new players therefore each team stands on its own with no continuation.

Perhaps he has a point, but the entire college football world less Saban will be intently watching to see if the Tide can win three straight national titles and four out of the past five.

Not since Minnesota, from 1934-36, has any school won the national title in college football three consecutive years.

Not team since Yale has any team won four outright titles over a five-year period. Yale won six titles in a seven-year span starting in 1882 and ending in 1888.

The Alabama run of two straight and three of the past four, has been mixed in with the likes of three other schools from the Southeastern Conference. Over the past seven seasons only Florida, LSU, Auburn and Alabama have won the national championship.

Everyone knows the Tide has not accomplished what Oklahoma did between 1953 and 1957 with 47 consecutive wins, but the way the national champion is selected has changed much since then.

Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron will start this season with a career mark of 25-2 as the team’s starting quarterback. He is attempting to become the first quarterback from a major college program to win three national titles.

McCarron is not sure if his current team has the maturity to take on what will start in just nine days. He knows there are many younger players on the team and says that hurts if you want to keep winning.

McCarron insists the players must listen to what the head coach says, as he knows Saban has always been truthful with him and led in down the right path.

McCarron has even admitted he might not have wanted to hear what Saban had to say at times, but at least it was always the truth.

The Tide has been selected by almost every sportswriter as the preseason No. 1 team. They will start their season in Atlanta against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday August 31.

What happens from that point on is in Saban’s and his players hands. He wants to win another title to make it three straight and four out of five, but is not worried about what label is put on his team.

Regardless if the Tide wins a third straight title, what is sure to happen is college football will have another successful season and end with a bang in January at the BCS Championship game.