ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - C.J. Mosley and his Alabama teammates have never embraced the label of defending BCS national champion. Neither has coach Nick Saban.
This is the 2012 Crimson Tide, a group already establishing that it too will be a championship contender.
The second-ranked Tide opened this season with a dominating 41-14 victory over a Michigan team with Denard Robinson coming off 11 wins and its own BCS bowl victory.
Mosley says Alabama made a great statement at Cowboys Stadium against eighth-ranked Michigan Saturday night. But he says this isn't the defending champion. He says that was last year's team, something Saban made clear right after winning last year's title.