Gould Headshot squareWhen you pick against Alabama, you are swimming against the Tide.

There are a handful of college football perennials that are capable of consistently doing great things when they have the right guy in charge.

The list includes, in no particular order, USC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Michigan and virtually every SEC team except Vanderbilt.

That’s what makes what Nick Saban is doing at Alabama so amazing. When you slip a little in the SEC, you slip a lot. And the Crimson Tide hardly seems to slip at all.

Despite sending another serious crop of players to the NFL, Alabama–which returns seven starters on offense and five on defense–is your best bet to win the national championship.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.