Nick Saban has built a dynasty at Alabama for more than a decade.

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Alabama's title contender is as solid as its jerseys and Saban's sideline roar.

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Alabama has reached 7 of 8 College Football Playoffs and won 6 of 13 national titles.

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Alabama's status in the sport's title discourse is a given.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide won sloppily and underwhelmingly at unranked Texas, 20-19.

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Texas coach Steve Sarkisian acknowledged the team was expected to lose. "Perceptions don't matter."

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Alabama has vulnerabilities after escaping Darrell K Royal Stadium.

Alabama committed 15 penalties for 100 yards, the most under Saban.

More evident was Alabama's below-average SEC receiving corps.

Offenses love corners. Their offence salivates and loses.

Saban will employ doubt and hostility to mould Alabama's team.