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Yes, the Amer­i­can-States­man sports staff did put Bama at No. 1 in our pre­sea­son poll, but to re­peat: the Tide will not only have to over­come its pow­er­ful SEC foes, but the bane of the Bowl Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. Since the birth of the BCS na­tional ti­tle game in Jan­uary 1999, no team has claimed back-to-back ti­tles. USC won na­tional cham­pi­onships in the 2003 and 2004 sea­sons, but the first was an As­so­ci­ated Press crown; the BCS ti­tle that year was awarded to LSU. Oh, and the NCAA just erased the Tro­jans’ cham­pi­onship sea­son of 2004 be­cause of Reg­gie Bush’s im­proper deal­ings with an agent. So Nick Sa­ban’s crew could make his­tory this year by dou­bling up — even though the odds say they won’t.

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