The last game of the 2016 NCAA football season was as good as anyone could have asked for from a neutral standpoint. Alabama was a juggernaut all season, crushing whatever team stood in their way week after week.
To call Clemson an underdog would be unfair considering how potent their football team was in their own right.
It ended up being a battle for the ages, and Clemson pulled out an improbable victory as the clock ticked down to zero. For Alabama, who let a lead slip from the grasp late in the game, it was unlike anything they’d experience in quite a while.
That’s what has led them to adopt their mantra:“Don’t wast a failure.”
The Crimson Tide have come to dominant the most competitive conference in the FBS, the SEC. Even amongst the best, many feel that the conference has become a one-team league. Saban disagrees, naturally, stating his respect and admiration for everyone involved in the SEC.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Alabamacame up short in their National Championship aspirations last season. It does little to change their standing at the top of the mountain this year, but if they fail again, the narrative might start to change.
The Crimson Tide will return a number of players from last year’s SEC Championship winning team, but will still need to replace four first-round selections. Seven defenders total were taken in the first four rounds of the draft. But with SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts returning for his sophomore season, and now with a year of experience under his belt, they figure to be the team to beat once again.
“Don’t waste a failure”. Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are coming into the 2017 season all business. First on their list, the Florida State Seminoles.
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