Alabama Football: Nick Saban's Tricks to Avoid the 2010 Championship Letdown

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Alabama Football: Nick Saban's Tricks to Avoid the 2010 Championship Letdown
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Alabama fans are still on cloud nine after the Tide thumped that prep school team—oops, I meant LSU—on Jan. 9, but they are just as excited about the coming season. Critics, however, keep throwing "2010" around, saying the Tide can't repeat as champions. 

Alabama started the 2010 season ranked No. 1, and so many thought they would go all the way, again, repeating as champions. 

A lot of that was attributed to the fact that Mark Ingram, the then-incumbent Heisman Trophy winner, would still be wearing crimson. 

The season ended in a "disappointing" fashion. The Tide went 10-3 with two close losses to LSU and Auburn. 

The critics of the Tide think that same scenario will play out again this year, as there are "too many" new faces leading the depth chart. 

Another 2010 letdown? Preposterous!

And here's why. 

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