Alabama came into that game arrogant

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Posted by BJDevil on January 08, 19 at 13:55:48:

In Reply to: Tide got rolled - Clemson Paradigm posted by B L Z Bubba on January 08, 19 at 08:19:01:

I accidentally called that upset by Clemson yesterday by talking about the arrogance of that DL talking about beating the Cardinals. When you hear statements like that, you have to wonder if the younger Alabama players thought the championship would just be air-mailed to them before the game.

For whatever reason, this was just another team following the same ol' pattern: A dominant team rules the national scene for 2-3 years and people start talking about them being the "best of all time". They then proceed to nosedive under the weight of their own mystique. In college football - Nebraska (mid-90s). Miami (2000-02). USC ('03-'05). Now we can add Alabama ('15-'18) to that list.

Only two college programs have bucked that trend for more than 2-3 years: Oklahoma in football over half a century ago, and UCLA basketball under John Wooden.

There is just too much money (and athletic parity) in college sports for that type of extended dominance across recruiting generations to happen again.

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