Alabama Rolls Michigan

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.

Alabama is intent of avoiding another letdown like the 10-win season in 2010, the last time after a championship season.