When I log onto Facebook during an Alabama game, 75% of my friends are anticipating Alabama to drop the ball week-in and week-out. The tendency to expect the worst as a die hard fan only comes after becoming the best and having the competition replete with the desire to beat you. The ability to make the "haters" wait for 19 games, which is approximately 407 days, is impressive - not to mention a very, very long time.
Things are not nearly as bad as they seem. Keep in mind, the Florida 2008 title run faced a huge scare when Florida fell short to Ole Miss just four weeks into the season. Tim Tebow cried his eyes out to the media about it, shortly after that Florida were facing Oklahoma for the BCS National Championship Game.
We are defending our title. We have experienced the sweet taste of victory, and we did sooner than expected.
We can’t pretend that the same Alabama team is out there now that battled last year for a national championship. After losing a coach on the field like Rolando McClain, as well as secondary standouts Kareem Jackson and Javier Arenas, and not to mention Mt. Cody on the defensive side of the trench, we are definitely not the same team. Despite losing all that and more on defense, we are still statistically good.
After the astonishing loss to South Carolina, Alabama no longer control their own destiny. In order for Alabama to get back to the National Championship Game, Alabama need serious help from other teams. This would include unbeaten Auburn.
Alabama fans will find themselves going against their code of conduct by rooting for Auburn, from now up until the Iron Bowl. If Auburn shows up undefeated at Bryant-Denny Stadium to compete, this would give Alabama the best chance to regain control over their destiny. So, let us come together and root for runningback/quarterback Cam Newton to carry the ball 30 times per game for 200 yards rushing (sarcastically speaking).
There is no doubt about it, the road back to the National Championship Game has got a little bumpy, as expected competing in the SEC. However, if the Alabama buses do not stop in Glendale, Arizona to compete for the 2011 BCS title, that only mean the bus will continue its journey for the 2012 BCS title. It is not now or never for Alabama like it is for majority of teams. With that said, Tennessee is just another stop on our road back to the National Championship Game. We are going to show up and show out. Then, it is on to the next one. ROLL TIDE give me HIGH FIVE!!!!!!