Since their narrow victory over Texas A&M in Week 3, the nation has had little to do but marvel at just how dominant Nick Saban's Alabama football team has been. After escaping the electricity of Johnny Manziel, the Crimson Tide, simply put, have made quick work of everyone else on the schedule.
So quick, that 'Bama as the top team in college football was a foregone conclusion upon the arrival of the initial BCS rankings.
Call it boring, call it the same old, same old—the simple fact of the matter is the nation recognizes that Alabama is still the best, and after the Tide, then the debate can be had. Saban is in control of his own destiny. Unlike his past two titles, his team is looking to keep things that way by simply taking care of business.
Since the Texas A&M game, Alabama's surrendered just 16 total points. The Tide have been more surgeons then bullies in rolling to victories. Execution has been at an elite level as the brutal physicality with which 'Bama plays has become old hat to most observers.
This team is a machine; a face-punching, soul-crushing, football machine that appears to be on a mission of no mercy, storming through the SEC. Kinks that were thought to have existed before have been ironed out. Mistakes have been minimized, holes have been plugged, and Alabama is rolling.
On the BCS Selection Show, ESPN did not waste any time letting the world know Alabama was, as expected, still first and tracking for a BCS National Championship Game. Why would it? The nation knew what was coming.
LSU, Auburn and the SEC Championship Game loom as the Tide's biggest obstacles.
For LSU, seeing quarterback Zach Mettenberger revert to 2012 form was not an inspiring scene. At Auburn, for all of Nick Marshall's improvements, he's still not the same threat that Manziel is in the pass game. Two teams that should bring more fight than Alabama's more recent opponents, but two games that the Tide should walk into expecting to win.
In those games, as is the case with many of Alabama's games, unaffiliated viewers will be rooting for the Crimson Tide to falter. Both the diehard fanatic and casual fans have grown weary of the Tide. Instead of marveling at the dominance and enjoying the run, this bludgeoning of opponents has become the norm for fans.
You can bet that Saban will do everything he can to ensure that it continues. As he told Cliff Kirkpatrick of USA Today Sports, "I think it's important that our team continues to focus on improving, I still don't think we played our best game."
There won't be any surprised folks when Alabama finishes the season No. 1 and heads to Pasadena for the championship game. The Crimson Tide are the team that most have already written into the top spot, and this final season of the BCS has become about which team has the best shot to knock off Saban's machine.
As Alabama pushes through its schedule, the stories will come from Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and the like; teams all fighting to be "the other guy" in the ring against the current champ. If 'Bama slips, that will certainly make headlines, but as long as the Tide keep winning, it'll be business as usual out of Tuscaloosa.
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