Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes the facts are the facts and what is just is. Such is the case with the 2013 college football season.
The Southeastern Conference has claimed the last seven BCS National Championships, with three of the last four going to Alabama. Don’t expect that to change in 2013. The Tide are back and loaded. Everyone else? Well, they just aren’t.
Let’s start in Tuscaloosa. You have a coach in Nick Saban who has quickly established himself as arguably the greatest in the history of the college game. Is anyone really going to step up and tell me he isn’t? You then have a quarterback in A.J. McCarron who simply doesn’t make mistakes. He maximizes the weapons around him and manages the Crimson Tide offense as well as any college quarterback ever has. Another national title and a Heisman would set him apart from every player in the history of the college game.
The weapons around him in 2013 are potential Heisman candidates themselves. There simply isn’t a more complete running back in college football than T.J. Yeldon. He is a mesmerizing combination of power, speed and agility. It is as if someone cloned him from parts of Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spiller and Ray Rice.
As far as receivers go, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better one than Amari Cooper. USC’s Marqise Lee is going to get a lot of attention early on, but mark my words, Cooper will stand alone at the end of the season as the best receiver in college football.
Clearing the way for these superstars is an offensive line that doesn’t rebuild, but rather just reloads every season. They lost three starters to the NFL Draft, yet they still have two returning lineman on the Outland Trophy watch list in tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and guard Anthony Steen. Something tells me there won’t me much of a drop off as far as the other three spots on the line go either.
Defensively, Alabama has been an NFL factory as of late. It doesn’t look like thats going to change anytime soon, as Bama returns four players who are already on the Bronco Nagurski watch list.
Quite frankly, the national title could very well be decided on September 14 when the Tide pays a visit to College Station, Texas to play the Texas A&M Aggies. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies got the victory over the Tide in Tuscaloosa in 2012, so you know Alabama has revenge on their minds. Glancing quickly at Alabama’s schedule, I’m confident in saying that if A&M doesn’t beat them, no one will. And for the record, I think Alabama rolls’em.
There are other good teams out there. Louisville might run the table to the BCS title game. Ohio State will certainly be a player. Don’t be surprised in Notre Dame is right there again. The race for No. 2 will be interesting, but when the dust settles, it will once again be the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Southeastern Conference sitting high atop the college football world. They’ll be there because they are flat out the most talented and complete team in the nation, from the head coach right on down to the equipment managers.
That’s just the way it is.
BY J.P. SCOTT ON JULY 13, 2013