The Alabama Crimson Tide are currently the two-time BCS National Champions, the kings of the SEC and can lay claim to one of college football's best five-year dynasties in the history of its existence with an unprecedented third-straight title next January.
Needless to say, June in Tuscaloosa has to feel like December 26 does for children each year. This tweet from Bama Pics won't help Crimson Tide fans feel any less anxious about the start of next year, either:
A commendation from ESPN's Phil Steele ("Insider" access required to view) as the country's No. 1 preseason team and the pick to represent one side of the 2014 BCS National Championship game only adds to the level of excitement.
With over two months remaining until the start of the 2013 Alabama season, there isn't much to talk about when it comes to the football program these days that actually will have a long-standing impact next fall.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since offseason news is more centered around legal trouble and scandals in college sports more than it is about things pertaining to the positive side of the game.
That being said, there's no shortage of buzz about this dynasty-in-the-making in media circles, with anticipation starting to get to the point where wishing for the season just might make it seem a little bit closer every second.
Take a look at the latest buzz (and a few other tidbits) below.
2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Schedule
|Saturday, Aug. 31||vs. Virginia Tech|
|Saturday, Sept. 14||at Texas A&M|
|Saturday, Sept. 21||vs. Colorado State|
|Saturday, Sept. 28||vs. Ole Miss|
|Saturday, Oct. 5||vs. Georgia State|
|Saturday, Oct. 12||at Kentucky|
|Saturday, Oct. 19||vs. Arkansas|
|Saturday, Oct. 26||vs. Tennessee|
|Saturday, Nov. 9||vs. LSU|
|Saturday, Nov. 16||at Mississippi State|
|Saturday, Nov. 23||vs. Chattanooga|
|Saturday, Nov. 30||at Auburn|
Latest Tide Buzz
Saban Trying to Avoid Dreaded "C" Word
When you win three BCS championships in four seasons, send countless players to the NFL in the process and reload each year in recruiting no matter the circumstances, you're going to find a bigger target on your back than the rest of the other NCAA Division I teams.
Luckily, 'Bama head coach Nick Saban knows this, and on the surface, is ensuring that his team does, too.
In a Athens (Tenn.) Area Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, Saban told those in attendance that his No. 1 goal for the current Tide players in the doldrums of the offseason is to avoid complacency heading into next season.
The Associated Press (via ESPN) also reported that Saban's comments to the crowd included a story about his latest film choices for the team—none other than James "Buster" Douglas' taking down Mike Tyson in the upset of the century in 1990.
The Tyson comparisons to Alabama these days are certainly warranted, but it's unclear as to which team will rise to the Douglas ones as the season unfolds later in the year. Saban is certainly one of the best motivators in college football, and there's little doubt that his teams love playing for him, so it's no surprise that keeping motivation high—and egos low—is a top priority for the Tide this summer.
With several returning starters/big-time contributors (quarterback A.J. McCarron, running back T.J. Yeldon, linebacker C.J. Mosley, among others) laced over a new set of players looking to keep up the success of the latest crop of NFL draft picks, nothing is for certain in Tuscaloosa this season.
Nothing is ever for certain in college football, either, and keeping the reigning champs on their toes isn't a bad deal at all if they want title No. 3 next winter.
Virtual Tide Also No. 1
While predictions like those from Phil Steele are covered in reality, Alabama fans won't have to give up any dreams of another title when they purchase NCAA Football 14, slated for release on major game consoles later this year.
As noted by this report from Brandon Marcello of AL.com (via Sports Tradition Online), Alabama got 99s across the board (offense, defense, overall ranking) in the yet-to-be-released game, dwarfing the rest of the SEC and the nation, in general.
Alabama has been a must-play team with the gaming franchise over the past few years, with former Heisman winner Mark Ingram's team and last year's McCarron-Trent Richardson led squad also domineering forces in online gameplay.
Although the individual talents of those on the roster likely won't be as high as some of the other players at the same position on the game (see Johnny Manziel), the Crimson Tide are downright scary in video game form, too.
Speaking from personal experience, don't run the tall sweep against the Tide on NCAA Football 14 if you can avoid it. Heck, you might want to avoid them all together.
Other News and Notes
Saban was also in the news earlier this week for his annual football camp. Check out this tweet from Darren Rovell of ESPN to see just how popular the head coach is nationally these days:
At least $300,000 in revenue from 8-14 year olds RT @ArmenKeteyian 1160 kids at Nick Saban's football camp today.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 11, 2013
In another bit of news that steps away from the field, former NFL and 'Bama linebacker Rolando McClain has re-enrolled at school and is taking classes at the college which made him a star prior to his selection by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL draft.
Saban told those in attendance at a Tuesday speaking engagement the news, and Andrew Gribble of AL.com had the report.
McClain, who retired from the NFL shortly after signing with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, left school early to pursue a career in the NFL that didn't go as planned after being a first-round pick with high expectations in Oakland.
There's a good chance Alabama winds up being the most-talked about team until the season begins later this fall, so make sure to pay attention to all the latest scoops if you are interested in Alabama's championship prospects in 2013-14
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