How quickly it falls apart. Last month, Alabama was the No. 1 team in the land, then came a 31-20 loss to Florida in the Southeastern Conference title game. The Crimson Tide's hopes for a national title were dashed, but coach of the year Nick Saban would guide his team through the disappointment.
Yes, Alabama was set to rebound in a big way against Utah of the lowly Mountain West Conference. Everybody east of the Wasatch Range put their chips on the Crimson Tide, making them a double-digit underdog in what was basically an Alabama home game. But the Utes won, 31-17, to complete a 13-0 season. So we ask, is Utah — undefeated Utah — not the No. 1 team? It answered every challenge. No other team can make that claim.