Tide offer reminder of USC past

While watching Alabama's recent demolition of Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game, I was struck by just how much the Crimson Tide resembled those legendary USC Trojans teams of John McKay and John Robinson, which featured a powerful running game, surgical passing strikes, and a big, fast, physical defense.

In fact, as Alabama's beatdown of the Fighting Irish continued throughout the game, the only difference between the Trojans' legendary teams and Nick Saban's Crimson Tide seemed to be the shade of red in their respective uniforms -- cardinal as opposed to crimson.