‘‘I don’t believe they should have been in the national championship game last year. You lose one time to a team you shouldn’t get a second bite of the apple,’’ said former Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, who works as an analyst for Sirius XM Radio.
Maybe it’s because this Tide team doesn’t have the star power that USC team did. The Trojans had two Heisman Trophy winners. The face of the Tide now is Jones, a center.
While the Tide’s signature defense is ranked first in the nation yards allowed per game, the consensus is that it’s not as good as last year’s version.
‘‘Alabama is not what it was when it comes to having guys that can do everything,’’ said ESPN’s David Pollack, a former All-American defensive end for Georgia. ‘‘This is the worst defensive talent Alabama’s had in at least four seasons. But their system is so strong and so precise. Now he’s got everybody Sabanized.’’
Don’t think Pollack was knocking Alabama.
‘‘Ridiculous,’’ was how he described the Tide’s latest national championship run, with only nine senior starters. ‘‘That’s not right. That’s not human.’’
It’s Saban. He’s the constant and with one more championship he'll have four, tying Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy for second-most among coaches. Only the Bear, with six, has more.
And when they start asking if you’re better than the Bear, then there’s no avoiding the D word.
Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphdrussoap