Alabama brought home another national title in 2011 with a rematch victory over the LSU Tigers in their own backyard.
As good as last season's squad was, there's really no reason to believe that the 2012 edition of the Crimson Tide won't be an even better, and more balanced, football team.
Running the table, especially in what is possibly college football's toughest division, is no easy task, even with an excellent roster and solid coaching. The good news is the Tide have both of those ingredients, and with several key players returning, the upcoming season could be one of Alabama's best ever.
With a solid roster all around, let's look at a three players who absolutely must perform well in 2012 for another championship run.