Following the Alabama Crimson Tide‘s win in the BCS national championship over Notre Dame, the question on everyone’s mind is a simple one: Can Alabama three-peat in 2013? The answer is also simple: You better betcha!
Alabama has now won three national titles in the past four years, a feat that defines the word dynasty. The most impressive part is the fashion in which Alabama crushed its opponents (save Texas A&M) throughout the entire season, only to be capped by a 28-point thrashing of Notre Dame. However, even after all the Crimson Tide has accomplished, the best may still be to come.
Alabama is losing a trio of superstars to the NFL in 2013, which is common for a team coming off back-to-back national championships. However, quarterback AJ McCarron is expected to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior season and a chance at history–three national straight national titles. It sounds silly, but it’s very possible. Just look at the difference in the teams Alabama fielded in 2011 and 2012:
The Crimson Tide sent five defensive starters into the 2012 NFL Draft and that number will at least remain the same in 2013. The key for Alabama is it really doesn’t matter because head coach Nick Saban (arguably the greatest college football coach of all time) has a knack for turning young players into instant contributors for his teams and then he has an even greater knack for transforming those same players from contributors into stars and then even superstars by the time they’re playing in January. So there’s just one thing left: get used to seeing Alabama play in the second week of the first month of the year.