Nick Saban: New year, whole new ballgame

Alabama coach Nick Saban has expressed several times this year that armies defend forts but college football teams don’t defend national championships.

Saban believes that what happened last season — the Crimson Tide capping their first 14-0 record with a 37-21 win over Texas in the BCS title game — stays in last season. Yet the topic of repeating, or even defending, is expected to be extremely popular Wednesday when Saban and the Tide open the Southeastern Conference media days event in Hoover, Ala.