The Tide is high

Alabama proves its college football dominance yet again

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There still are folks in the South who haven’t forgotten the Civil War. So don’t think Alabama fans have forgotten something as recent as the 1973 Sugar Bowl.

That was when the No. 1 Crimson Tide watched helplessly as Notre Dame ran out the clock to preserve a 24-23 win against “Bear” Bryant’s boys. Since then, Alabama clashed with the Fighting Irish five more times, winning only once.

Then came Monday night.

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide utterly swamped Notre Dame 42-14, winning its second Bowl Championship Series title in a row and its third in four years.

Legions of Georgia fans became Alabama fans for the night Monday to cheer the team that edged the Bulldogs out in the Southeastern Conference title game. ’Bama’s win marks the seventh year in a row that an SEC team has won the title. No other college conference can come close to boasting that.

The win signals – and we’ll use the word even if Saban won’t – a college football dynasty.

It also signals that a playoff system for college football’s highest division can’t come soon enough. A lopsided title victory might be fine if you’re a fan of the winner, but it hardly displays a genuinely equitable matchup of the two top teams, which fans deserve. Southern Cal’s 55-19 destruction of Oklahoma in the 2004 BCS title game leaps to mind.

The game made fans cheer – and occasionally wince as the blowout unfolded. But you can’t deny the sheer excitement. Congratulations to yet another dominant Alabama team.

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Techfan
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Techfan 01/09/13 - 05:46 am
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"seventh year in a row that

"seventh year in a row that an SEC team has won the title. No other college conference can come close to boasting that." As long as ESPN controls the SEC, BCS, 94% of all bowl games, and pretty much all of NCAA college football, no other conference will ever gat a chance.

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Riverman1 01/09/13 - 09:31 am
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The play-off system should be

The play-off system should be a way to put two SEC teams in the championship game. Or maybe just call the SEC championship game the national championship game.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/09/13 - 09:44 am
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Roll Tide!!! Roll!!!
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Almost any SEC team could have beat ND. The BCS and ESPN wanted a money game. They do not care about competitive sports or fans. Money and marketing is the game for all sports. If you listened to ESPN and all of the other media, one player for ND was going to beat BAMA. #5. That is all they had and it was not much. BAMA and TA&M would have been a much better game for fans.

This season if no other proves that 12-0 means nothing if you played nobody. The BCS has in past years ignored Boise State and possible BYU because of a weak schedule. But not ND, because they knew they and the bookies could make a mint. With all of the ND hype, taking ND and the 9 1/2 points was a sure bet. NOT and definitely NOT. AB/ESPN and BCS all knew this was not a championship game. UGA and BAMA was the title game. The two best teams.

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faithson 01/09/13 - 10:48 am
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the irony

the irony is that we have just as much talent in Athens as they do in Tuskaluska. The difference is coaching, period. Get the right man in the job and Athens can start bringing home that crystal football.

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bubbasauce 01/09/13 - 01:03 pm
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The real game that was played

The real game that was played this year for the title was Ga. vs. Bama. This was one of the few games that were even worth watching. This years bowl games were a joke and a terrible injustice to many good teams. That God playoffs are finally coming.

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soapy_725 01/09/13 - 03:22 pm
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TUSCALOOSA, TUSCALOOSA
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Creek for Black Warrior River which flows through this small southern university town. Somewhat like Augusta. But nothing like Augusta. PRIDE and LEADERSHIP abound. They even have a North Port across the river. Heck we even get our drinking water as a result of the Tuscaloosa Aquifer.

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