Alabama is off to an 8-0 start to the 2012 season, something the Tide could not accomplish last time they were defending national champions.
While Alabama just started the grueling portion of its schedule against Tennessee in Week 8, the Tide have stood their ground against the passing attack of Tennessee and the lockdown defense of Mississippi State.
There is a long way to go between now and the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, but most would agree that Alabama looks good to at least get to Miami.
If Alabama makes it to Miami, there are plenty of reasons to believe that the Tide will roll through that challenge as well. Here are five reasons that 'Bama is heading for the first repeat national title of the BCS era.
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