Is Complacency the Toughest Opponent Nick Saban, Alabama Will Face in 2013?
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the best there is in college football.
Don't argue, any argument presented can be shot so full of holes it's not even funny.
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The program has won three of the last four BCS titles and looks primed to make a run at another on in 2013. Nick Saban and his staff consistenly recruit incredible classes, and the team's path to another title this season is not as filled with barriers as it has been in the past.
What could possibly stop them? Barring injury, the Tide are easily going to be the favorite in every game they play next season.
The schedule breaks favorably, and with the exception of a road trip to an over-rated Texas A&M squad, the Tide have not a single game against what one might consider "stiff competition."
The opening game of the season against Virginia Tech will be a nightmare for the Hokies, who don't have enough offense to compete with Alabama State, much less Alabama.
The the Tide get a week off before facing a Texas A&M team that is decimated on the defensive side of the ball.
While Johnny Manziel and the tremendous group of running backs that A&M will field are going to put up points, the defense isn't stopping the Tide, not without a pass-rusher who has the skill of Damontre Moore.
Then come Colorado State, Ole Miss, Georgia State, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee, in that order. An all-star team from those six teams would have a hard time beating Alabama in 2013.
While Ole Miss is improving, the Rebels are still a year or two away from competing with the Tide.
LSU should be interesting, although the Tigers' defense has little to no experience.
Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn wrap up the schedule prior to the SEC title game. Picking against the Tide in any of these would have to be the byproduct of either a severe blow to the head or heavy drinking.
Will 'Bama make it three in a row?
Sure, the Tide have to play the games, just like anybody else, but they should be No. 1 entering the season for a reason—they have the best talent and head coach in the nation.
The reality for Alabama is that a loss would be a result of pure indifference and lack of focus.
We have seen it before, most memorably in recent years, when Oklahoma State was upset by Iowa State late in the season, preventing the Cowboys from completing a perfect season.
Lack of focus can be a scary thing, resulting in stupid mistakes, bad decisions and a loss of motivation.
That is where the danger lies for Alabama and Saban.
The program is at the pinnacle of the college football universe and has the talent to remain there thanks to a tremendous staff, incredible recruiting and a wealth of talent.
Complacency is the biggest challenge the Tide face this season.
On paper, there is little to no competition on the field, but should their resolve falter just a bit, or focus waver for a short period of time, a loss to a lesser opponent would not be surprising.
It's up to the coaching staff to help keep the team focused, and Nick Saban has done a tremendous job over the past four seasons of keeping the team on course for excellence. Saban has made it pretty clear that he is focused on coaching and that he doesn't have time for the offseason nonsense going on.
I love Nick Saban: "I’ve got more important things to do than sit around and read what Bob Stoops has to say about anything."— Jon Cooper (@JonSDS) May 10, 2013
The man started talking about next season immediately after the BCS title game win by the Tide, so it's difficult to see his level of intensity and focus being suspect.
The Tide should be the favorite going into this season, and they are, just about everywhere you look, the pick to repeat as national champs again.
As long as the team's focus and drive remains, nobody can beat them.
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