By Michael Rosenberg
August 30, 2013
Nick Saban and Alabama seek to raise their third straight crystal ball, but odds are stacked against them
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And then, as autumn settles in, Alabama will fight the same battle that has defined the sport forever. It's a battle that will inevitably include magic and good fortune and unexplainable events in an era when we try to quantify everything. When the playoff arrives, college football will lose a little more of its innocence -- and as we know, the sport only has a few teaspoons of innocence left. Saban and his all-business model may win another national championship. But a century of college football says not to count on it.

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