This was the year Florida State would be back. This was the time for a Lane Kiffin-coached team to finally live up to its potential. This was when Oklahoma would return to the level of the nation’s elite programs. This was the season that Chip Kelly and Oregon could not be stopped.
This wasn’t supposed to be Alabama’s year.
When the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide won the national championship and the team lost 14 players to the NFL, this group was expected to take a step back.
This team didn’t have an elite pass rusher. This team had a young secondary. This team would have to rely on an unproven freshman wide receiver to make big plays.
This 2012 team would be talented, but the defense would be too young and inexperienced. And the Alabama players that did have experience would have to become complacent at some point.
This group would have a goal of repeating as national champion, but it wouldn’t happen this season. This was supposed to be someone else’s time.
None of this mattered to Nick Saban.
To Nick Saban, this year was no different than any other year. This year wasn’t about repeating. This year wasn’t about establishing a modern-day dynasty in college football. This year was another opportunity to focus on “the process” and the goal of reaching perfection.
Saban got this team to buy in to “the process” and the rest took care of itself.
What we saw in the BCS Championship game Monday night was the philosophy and excellence of Nick Saban and Alabama on full display.
It was a coach, team and program that really doesn’t care about the opponent. It was an example of a team that is committed to execution and playing against perfection more than anything else.
While this program plays with the goal of reaching perfection, the rest of the country wonders what it has to do to catch up with them.
And to scare the rest of the teams in college football, this doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.