I know. Picking the Crimson Tide No. 1 is like picking the sun to rise in the East.

But if you think you’ve got a better idea, I’m wondering what planet you’re from. Under Nick Saban, Alabama recruits the best talent in the solar system and coaches it better than anyone else in the universe.

Since the College Football Playoff began in 2014, it has made the four-team field all four years and won the championship twice. It has won five national championships in the last nine years.

Whether we like it or not, that’s a trend. And the evidence points toward it continuing. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.