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Alabama Football: Is BCS Championship Game Travel Package Premature?

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide pose for a photograph before a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 6, 2012

It's early November, but Alabama fans are already preparing their trips to Miami Gardens, Fla., for their second straight BCS National Championship Game.

Premiere Sports Travel, an agency that specializes in destination travel packages for sports fans, is offering a package specifically designed for Alabama fans looking to attend the 2013 BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium.

Offerings range from air/land, land only and same-day packages, and $99 deposits are fully refundable should the Crimson Tide not qualify for the game.

Are fans preparing for Alabama's second straight national championship appearance jumping to too many conclusions?

On the field, yes, because Alabama has plenty of work to do before punching that ticket to sunny south Florida. But selling travel packages in advance is hardly uncommon. With only a month to sell to specific fanbases, it's just good business.

But Alabama must take care of business on the field first, starting this week with Texas A&M.

LSU rolled up 435 yards of offense last week against Alabama, which was 153 yards more than the previous high given up by the Tide this season. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger looked like a functional quarterback for the first time all season, and Jeremy Hill became the first running back to top the century mark against Alabama all season.

That doesn't bode well for Nick Saban's crew, considering the high-octane Aggie offense is rolling into Tuscaloosa this weekend. Quarterback Johnny Manziel, wide receiver Mike Evans and running backs Ben Malena and Christine Michael execute that offense to perfection. Alabama should win, but it's far from a sure thing.

But even after that, the SEC championship date with what will likely be Georgia won't be a cakewalk either.

For the first time all season, Georgia put together a complete football game last weekend. The potent Ole Miss offense managed just 234 yards, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns and running back Todd Gurley topped the century mark.

If they play like that in the Georgia Dome, the Bulldogs are fully capable of springing the upset.

What do you think? Is the Alabama-centered BCS championship game travel package premature or just good business?

 

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