I think Bama's program might start a decline next season..
I know they are early favorites at preseason #1, nothing surprising there, it's a safe choice given their history over the past 10 years.
I think we might be entering Saban's twilight though.
1. Saban looked really worn out by the end of the 2018 season. In the championship game he looked bent and I saw little of the focus and determination seemingly always therein the past.
2. The defense loses most of it's DL. I know they always just reload, but they were not their usual impenetrable wall even loaded with veteran and soon to be 1st rd draft picks.
3. 5 more assistants have left the program. We saw some issues with Lupoi as DC, he seems to be the worst DC Saban has had, maybe in his career. This is a cautionary example of putting recruiting ability over coaching ability. With Saban probably slowing down, he'll need to delegate more, I'm glad Tosh isn't coming to Athens.
4. No program other than maybe ND's from the 30s through the 50s has ever been immune to cycles. It's dang near impossible to stay on top without a down period for decades, maybe Bama has come to the end of this great run.