Alabama's list of lessons learned from the 2011 season is gigantic. En route to championship No. 14, Alabama looked like the team to beat, then lost a game in OT, allowed too many points to an FCS giant and was the recipient of some wild upsets to secure its berth in the title game.
While posting a 21-point shutout over LSU in the title game, Alabama looked as if it had reviewed every game from the last decade, eliminated the weaknesses and showed up to beat whatever team that had the misfortune of opposing them on Jan. 9.
Looking back over the season, it's rather easy to pick apart certain games and call out every mistake the Tide made as a potential lesson learned.
However, why would you read another article about how sorry Alabama looked as the Georgia Southern Eagles ran over us for 21 points? (You wouldn't.)
These five things have nothing to do with how the Tide almost lost its shot for the title. In fact, these things have more to do with the hope the Tide has to repeat in 2012.