Alabama¿s toughest obstacle to the national title wasn¿t Notre Dame in Monday night¿s BCS title game at Miami Gardens, Fla. Shoot, that was easy ¿ Tide 42, Irish 14. Alabama¿s tough obstacle was getting out of the Southeastern Conference championship game. ¿We got here by five yards,¿ Coach Nick Saban said. ¿Georgia was five yards from scoring.¿ Had Georgia succeeded, the Bulldogs would have earned the right to defeat Notre Dame for the national title. Alabama has combined great players, great coaching and, yes, a little luck to win three of the last four BCS titles. Alabama will likely be the early season favorite to three-peat in 2013.
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