Saturday, Alabama opens up the defense of their BCS National Championship, but don’t tell Nick Saban and Co. that. Saban cringes at the mere mention of the phrase "title defense." Saban’s philosophy on the matter is simple: His players should view last year's championship team the same way they would the 1978 title team — simply show respect to what they accomplished and strive to cement their own legacy.
The Tide open the season playing the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, but the stands will be full of crimson and white.
Michigan is led by its talented dual-threat quarterback, Denard Robinson, and is coming off an impressive campaign of its own after defeating Virginia Tech in last season’s Sugar Bowl.
Nonetheless, Alabama is a huge favorite (two touchdowns), and outside of Ann Arbor, the Wolverines aren't being given too much of a chance.
Here are five reasons why the Tide will roll in the season opener.