It has been a great ride these last few years for Alabama fans. Three of the last four BCS titles have given Tide fans everywhere a bit of swagger, and the program is watched closely by its competitors in the hope that they can figure out how to be a little more like the team from Tuscaloosa.
What is more, with the talent that is returning, the positive results on the recruiting trail and the leadership of the best coach in college football today, there is also a growing confidence that happy days are here not only right now, but for as long as one can imagine.
Looking ahead to 2013, Alabama fans expect to find their team at the top of most polls to start the season and another date with destiny that includes trouncing Auburn, extracting revenge on Johnny Football and the addition of another crystal football to the growing collection the University has won.
Is there anything that can stop the "process" from continuing as it has the last couple of seasons?
If you watch and listen closely there might be some issues that could cause the 2014 campaign to look more like the 2010 season than the one hoped for.