Walking Up A One Way Street: College Football Teams With Nowhere To Go

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Walking Up A One Way Street: College Football Teams With Nowhere To Go

As the picture of Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide visiting with President Barack Obama proves, Alabama is now at the top of the mountain.

While the Red Elephant football team honored their Commander In Chief with a No. 1 jersey, the nation looks on with admiration due any champion in college sports.

But where does Alabama go from here?

The probability of a return trip for the Crimson Tide as BCS Champion is slim and none. Despite their high pre-season ranking, the truth of the matter is no team has repeated back to back as BCS Champion since the system was invented following the 1997 season.

Oh, there have been many who tried mightily.

Take for instance the 2002 Miami Hurricanes and the 2005 USC Trojans. Both of these powerhouses believed they would double down as champions, and they each came close to back to back titles.

The '02 Hurricanes extended their unbeaten streak through the regular season, only to lose a titanic battle with Ohio State in the final seconds of the BCS Title clash.

Miami devotees could only shake their heads in disbelief. They had believed themselves invincible.

The 2005 Trojans juggernaut maintained its unbeaten streak into the BCS Title Game with Texas. Only the margin of a fantastic performance by Vince Young kept USC from repeating back to back.

Their title snatched from their fingers in the final seconds, the Trojan faithful could not believe any team could defeat the supermen of Troy.

Some can point to defending champion Florida State, whose 2000 team made it all the way back to the BCS Title game, only to lose to Oklahoma.

Just another example of great players and great coaching not being able to pull off the magic trick of repeating back to back.

Even Saban himself tried to repeat and failed.

In 2003, his LSU Tigers defeated Oklahoma for the BCS Title and believed themselves to be in perfect position for a repeat performance in 2004.

However, it was not to be. Despite Saban's coaching skill and the talent of his Tigers, he had not counted on Auburn putting together an unbeaten season in 2004.

Saban's LSU outfit in '04 defeated both Alabama and Florida, but they ended the season 9-3. And no back to back BCS Titles.

Others, like Tennessee in 1999 and Ohio State in 2003, just could not quite stay in the mix for a BCS Title bid a year after they had won it all.

Simply put, if history is any guideline, Alabama has gone as far as they can go and their time in the sun will follow the path of all the prior unstoppable champions hoping to repeat.

The following is a presentation of five college football teams who achieved great success in 2009, but likely will go backwards in 2010 despite all the optimism surrounding each program.

The journey backward from glory is like walking up a one way street.

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