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VIDEO: Alabama's chances to three-peat as BCS champions

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

With two BCS titles in a row, and three championships in the last four years, the question du jour in college football is simply, "Can Alabama pull off a three-peat?"

Even though the Tide just made history as the first repeat champions in the BCS era, asking about the possibilities of a third is not unreasonable. Ten starters in the win against Notre Dame were freshmen and sophomores. In addition to the breakout stars on the offensive end -- like 1,000-yard rusher T.J. Yeldon and wide receiver Amari Cooper, five of the top 12 tacklers on defense were sophomores.

I addressed the question on the Tim Brando Show with Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) on Wednesday. Because of how hard it has become to go undefeated in college football -- a credit to the SEC and the competitiveness of the sport in general -- the Tide are not a lock to be in Pasadena at the end of next season.

But Alabama's ability to reload year after year makes it an annual contender as long as Nick Saban is on the sideline. The Tide have become like the Miami Heat of college football. There is no guarantee Alabama will win the title, but it will have the tools it needs to get there.

Tune in to the Tim Brando Show weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CBS Sports Network

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