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August 28, 2013

Could Bama be in for big surprise?

Tonawanda News — There's not a lot to like about it, maybe because it seems so inevitable and Nick Saban always seems so crabby.

Root for Alabama to win a third straight national title in football? Please, let's just get it done and move on to 2014 when Saban will still be crabby but at least the BCS will be no more.

Yes, Saban is a great coach and he recruits great players. It's a tough combination to beat, and the reason Alabama has won two straight national championships and three out of the last four. It's why Las Vegas handicappers are giving this year's squad the highest power rating of any college team ever, and why all but two voters in The Associated Press Top 25 poll made the Crimson Tide No. 1 to begin the season.

Joyless, maybe. Efficient, yes. Ruthless, surely.

But what if things aren't exactly what they seem for a team that could easily run the table?

Here's a look at how it just might play out:

VIRGINIA TECH: The season begins in Atlanta, for reasons known only to ESPN. It's officially the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, because 382 postseason bowls with even dumber names are apparently not enough in college football. Expect to see commercials with cows parachuting into stadiums, and expect AJ McCarron to put up enough points on the board in the first half to easily cover the 19-point spread in this one. That will leave the second half wide open for plenty of gratuitous shots of McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in the stands.

TEXAS A&M: A year to remember and two weeks to prepare for the SEC interloper that ruined Bama's perfect season last year. This game couldn't come quick enough on Alabama's schedule, even if it has to travel to College Station to take on the Aggies in the game of the, you pick 'em (month, season, decade). Johnny Football is off suspension for this one for some reason and he shreds the Tide defense on way to a 35-7 halftime lead that has Saban looking as if he ate some bad shellfish on the sidelines. But Manziel is caught selling his game jersey at halftime to a wealthy booster, and Alabama comes back to win 38-35.

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