The first NCAA polls have been released, and of course the 2013 National Champions sit at the top of the polls. That’s to be expected, but that is not the purpose of this post.
Instead I’ll ask you to focus on the highlighted team in the #2 slot, my beloved Crimson Tide. Last year, they were preseason #1 after winning their second consecutive national championship. They didn’t get the hat trick with a third championship in a row though, and they ended up losing the last two games to finish out the year. The only time Alabama has ever started and finished #1 was in 1978 when Bear Bryant won his 4th of his 5 national championships.
This year, I’m wondering if we’re having a bit of deja vu in play. Let me explain why I say that.
This is the 6th consecutive year that The Tide has been ranked in the top 5 in the preseason poll. Three of those years ended with Saban and crew hoisting the Coach’s Trophy over their heads in a shower of confetti. In 2008, The Tide finished off the year with two consecutive losses, with the second one coming against Utah in the Sugar Bowl. Last year, it was Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl for the second loss.
This is how the preseason poll looked in 2009.
This is how the final poll looked at the end of that season.
There’s quite a few weeks from the opening weekend until that final poll is released. History has a way of repeating itself, and I will not be upset if this particular history repeats itself once again.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALLLL!!!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!