I Like Your Thinking…

This is an old link, but I like it. In this article, Sport’s Illustrated‘s Steward Mandel, explains why Alabama, not Oklahoma should be the pre-season no. 1 team:

My preseason favorite is Alabama, and the reason is pretty simple: The Crimson Tide have the most talent in the country, period. As much as some like to dismiss them, theres actually a pretty strong correlation between recruiting rankings and on-field performance. To that end, Rivals.com has ranked Nick Sabans last four classes as follows: No. 1 2008, No. 1 09, No. 5 10 and No. 1 11. Thats the type of dominance we last saw from Pete Carroll at USC five straight classes ranked No. 1 by at least one major service and Urban Meyer at Florida four top-three classes in five years, and both men parlayed those hauls into multiple national titles. Saban whose classes look even better after some of his patented oversigning and roster purging is in prime position to do the same. Last year too many of those four- and five-star guys were either inexperienced first-year starters or limited by injuries, and thus, the Tide lost three games. A year later, guys like Courtney Upshaw and Dre Kirkpatrick are both seasoned veterans and projected first-rounders. Combine that with a more favorable schedule LSU and Arkansas both come to Tuscaloosa, and youve got all the ingredients to be the SEC team that makes it six straight.

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via Alabama, not Oklahoma, should be favorite to win BCS national title – Stewart Mandel – SI.com.