Two of the following things need to happen for Bama:
Notre Dame loses to USC
Oregon loses to USC in the Pac 12 Championship
Kansas St gets manhandled by Texas
then Alabama kills Georgia.
However, a Notre Dame vs Alabama Sugar Bowl would be fun.
I think KSU vs Oregon would be good for America.
The loss to Texas AM exposed a couple of things about Alabama. They don't have the speed nor the depth everyone thought they had on defense. Plus, Alabama sucks playing man to man defense. LSU or Kansas State's defense would probably give Oregon a better game then Alabama right now.
Saban might have to reinvent himself and I know that's anathema to him.
No it's not that they don't have the speed or depth, key injuries early on.Losing the fastest guy on the team Dee Hart to a knee injury,our bruising FB Jalston Fowler,a green secondary for the most part,a lot of inexperience in general.I figured the stars would have to align right for Bama to run the table again this season.The Tide had 29 running plays,36 passing versus A&M.That aint Alabama football.
The new offensive coordinator from the West Coast looked great against cupcake teams this year,but you earn your paychecks playing in the big games,and he failed miserably.Of course beating the crap out of each other physically,and emotionally in Death Valley last Saturday did not help either.The Aggies took Bama to the woodshed,and I feared they would.
This high flying Aggie attack will last several years,until defense's catch on to it.Much like Urban Meyer's spread attack did at Florida till finally other teams found a way to stop it.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!
I find it crazy that Oregon runs 80% of its plays out of this formation.
One can dream that we have a fast QB at Alabama before I die.
IMO, Saban's defenses run in two year cycles.
In 2009, Alabama had a very talented defense and won a National Championship with a 14-0 record.
In 2010, Alabama lost McClain, Cody, Arenas, K. Jackson, M. Johnson, and other players. Kirkpatrick, J. Chapman, Upshaw, Barron, and others got valuable experience; but we were a very young team and that cost us, we went 10-3.
In 2011, Kirkpatrick, Chapman, Upshaw, and Barron were all elite players after getting experience in 2010. Alabama won a National Championship and went 12-1.
In 2012, Alabama has a young defense and it cost them a game (almost two), but they will only lose 4 starters (Nico Johnson, Lester, Square, and Williams).
In 2013, returning 7 starters, I would expect Alabama to have a defense that is similar to 2009/2011.
I am not saying that Alabama will win a title every two years, but I believe that Saban will have one of the top three defenses in the country every two years. BTW, we will only lose 4 or 5 offensive starters for 2013, so we should compete for another National Championship.
Not all who wander are lost
The thing I love about Saban is the continuity he bring's to a program.He works his tail off on the recruiting trail,and it show's.No,we may not win the championship every year,but he has built a program that will compete for it for year's to come.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!
Worst week of college football imo.
Hoping Baylor kills Kansas State or Wake Forest wins that one game a year they have no business winning against Notre Dame.
Auburn 11 Alabama State 3
I give Auburn a safety and a TD
I can't even poke fun at the Ducks. That was a great game.
It would very sad if we lost too Auburn now.