Two-time defending national champion Alabama is embracing the predictably high expectations.
All-America linebacker C.J. Mosley says it's the Alabama standard. He says BCS title contention is what players and fans expect , "so why have anything less than a championship?"
The Crimson Tide is considered a front-runner for a fourth national title in five years. The offense might just lead the way this time.
Quarterback AJ McCarron has led Alabama to the past two titles and directs an offense loaded with playmakers -- albeit minus three All-America linemen.
The defense yielded the nation's fewest points and yards last season, but coordinator Kirby Smart calls it a down year.
Coach Nick Saban borrows from Michael Jordan's take on game-winning shots.
He says, "The only one that matters is the next one."
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