(USA Today Sports Images)Dr. Saturday will be looking at the 25 most interesting teams headed into spring football through March, examining which programs have the biggest questions, the most expectations and the best storylines. This isn’t the 25 best going into the spring, just the 25 we’re keeping the closest eye on. Previously: Virginia Tech
What happened in 2012
Alabama took another huge step towards establishing itself as one of the greatest (or is it the greatest already?) dynasties in college football history.
The Crimson Tide won their third national title in four years, becoming just the second team to win three AP national championships in four years. They joined Notre Dame, which won three from 1946-49. Nebraska also won three titles from 1994-97, but the last one was split, with the Cornhuskers finishing first in the coaches poll. Those are the only teams since college football started using the polls in 1936 to win three titles in four years.
While Alabama was at times absolutely dominant in 2012, its title also showed that luck can sometimes play a role. The Crimson Tide were on the outside looking in after a loss at home to Texas A&M. Then on one crazy evening, Stanford beat Oregon and Baylor beat Kansas State, giving Alabama a second chance to play for the BCS title. Georgia fell a few yards short to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and the Crimson Tide played (and steamrolled) Notre Dame for the title. Alabama was fully deserving, but it also should be grateful for the late-season upsets by Baylor and Stanford.
Alabama fielded a great team in 2012, which should be no surprise. The Crimson Tide is set to do the same again this year.
What makes them interesting in 2013
Read More »from Spring football 25: Alabama Crimson Tide