Don’t get too excited Tide fans. That title hasn’t always been a good omen for the season — especially over the last decade. Since 2006, no preseason No. 1 has gone on to win the national championship. Also working against Alabama: Defending champs that have started the season at No. 1 have had a tough time living up to expectations.
“There’s one historical obstacle working against the Crimson Tide, however. Since USA TODAY Sports started managing the Amway Coaches Poll in 1991, nine defending national champions have started No. 1 in the following preseason poll. All nine have failed to repeat.”
Since Nick Saban’s arrival in 2007, Alabama has twice been ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. Both times, the Tide finished outside of the top five.
As if playing in the SEC wasn’t enough, Alabama will also have to overcome recent history to win its 17th national title.
Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll