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Nick Saban Tells His Alabama Players Teams Aren't Scared To Play The Crimson Tide Anymore

It's been two years since the Alabama football program won a national championship - or, even, a bowl game. For 99 percent of college football teams, that's not a drought to worry or complain about. 

For the Crimson Tide, though, it's a big-time failure. 

Alabama, which has dominated the sport during the majority of the Nick Saban era, has been somewhat knocked off its perch atop the college football world. The Crimson Tide are still one of the greatest programs in the country, but there are now others - Ohio State, Florida State, etc. - that can claim similar success. 

Saban has been telling this year's Alabama team people aren't scared to play the Crimson Tide anymore. 

From Adam Rittenberg's ESPN.com story: 

"My friends, they'll be talking stuff, like, 'Y'all don't look like the other teams used to look in '09 and '11,'" linebacker Reggie Ragland told ESPN.com on Thursday. "And Coach tells us people from the outside don’t believe we’re the same Alabama. We don't play with the same intensity and tenacity.

"They’re not scared to play us any more."

Is this true? Is Alabama no longer feared as much as it had previously been in the Saban era? 

The Crimson Tide open the season Sept. 5 against Wisconsin. 

[ESPN]