Pasadena, Calif.–There is no way to measure how devastated Alabama was in December of 2008. The Crimson Tide, who had not won a national championship since 1992, were 12-0, ranked No. 1, and had a shot at a national title in their sights.
But then came the loss to Florida in the SEC championship game which gave the Gators the shot at the BCS title, which they won. Then came the loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. For a team that was 12-2, there was a lot of heartache at Alabama.
That’s why Alabama’s 37-21 win over Texas, which gave the Crimson Tide yet another national championship, was so sweet.
“We have a group of dedicated players who bought in to what we tried to do this season,” said head coach Nick Saban, who became the first coach in the modern era to win national championships at two different schools (He won a national title at LSU in 2003). “They were determined to prepare every day to put themselves in this position. We have a great team at Alabama and it starts with our president and the commitment the school has made to be successful.”
Alabama will enjoy this championship for a little while and then there will be talk of next fall when the Crimson will surely be preseason No. 1.
“We will be good enough to win it again,” said running back Mark Ingram, who had 116 yards against the No. 1 defense against the run (62,.2 ypg). “But this team knew how to work. Next year we will have to work just as hard. Or maybe even harder.”