Cotton Bowl 2015: The Talk Is Over, Time To Play Ball

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With kickoff for the Cotton Bowl quickly approaching, it’s time to get down to business for the Crimson Tide and their fans.

No one knew how this season would end. Truthfully, we still don’t. Many media members told us that the dynasty was over after the loss to Ole Miss earlier in the season. I knew better. Perhaps they knew better and were only looking for clicks other than taking a deep breath to see who the coach of the Tide still was and the motivation that he is known for being able to get from the players on the team.

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I knew better. Perhaps they knew better and were only looking for clicks other than taking a deep breath to see who the coach of the Tide still was and the motivation that he is known for being able to get from the players on the team.

I don’t pretend to be the greatest college football analytical person in the world but in my few years on this earth, I like to think I can read people. You can see in their eyes that they are hungry. I think if you concentrate, you can see their brains turning and replaying last year’s loss to Ohio State in the first half of the College Football Playoffs. The overall results last season was a great season. There’s no denying that. However, if you ask Alabama players how they felt, they will tell you they came up short for their goals.

That’s Alabama football. It’s the way it has always been since I really started remembering games in my younger years in the early eighties.

If you don’t believe me, ask some of the college football media that you know and can trust. TideSports’ Aaron Suttles said earlier this week that this team seems more focused than the ones that met LSU in the BCS Title game in New Orleans. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said if the Tide was to come up short, it wouldn’t be because they weren’t prepared. That spells disaster for anyone standing in their way.

This tweet was sent out from Tide player O.J. Smith and that is the feeling I am getting now.

Where does it stand now? Two games. That’s all. One SEC Championship that followed the one from last season. A Heisman trophy winner that followed a finalist from last year in Amari Cooper and the Tide’s first winner with Mark Ingram.

If this Tide team plays as one and with the hunger they have, I expect to see them holding the College Football Playoff trophy in just a litte over a week. They bought in to the plan and as always, it worked. All of those cylinders firing just right is a terrifying thing for opponents. Their goals are right their for the taking. Here’s hoping that grab them up and head back to Tuscaloosa.

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Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant said it best in his speech to incoming freshmen: “If we do that as a team, 11 at a time, four years from now we will be walking out of here as national champions. And I tell you this. I expect nothing less.”