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Updated: 7/19/2013 7:11 pm

SEC media picked Alabama to win the league title again this year. And they'll likely be picked to win the national title in the coming weeks. But the Tide is trying to ignore the preseason predictions.

At the SEC media days, title talk dominated the Alabama session in Hoover, and it even spilled over to the other teams as well. Reporter to LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger-"Zach. Do you get tired of seeing Alabama win everything?" Said Mettenberger,"Are you?" (laughter)

Bama has won three of the last four national titles, including back-to-back crowns. So this season, they'll be shooting for a three-peat, although they don't want to talk about it. Said linebacker C.J. Mosley,"Getting ready for fall camp. Three-peat would not be too good to say standing around Coach Saban." Said the Tide head coach,"The concept we have is get our team to be the best that we can be. How can this team create a positive identity for themselves."

It's easy for success to go to your head when you win so many titles, just ask quarterback A.J. McCarron. "I think one thing that hurt us in 2010. When everybody was talking about back-to-back then, our team started to go more of an individual route, rather than team-oriented."

Even though Alabama lost some key talent from last year, the talent pool is still full in T-Town. Said Mosley,"All of our back-ups are just as good as our first team. We just have players who have to wait their turn."

Despite the talent and success, Tide players know it will still take plenty of work to make a run at the 2013 national title. Said McCarron,"We're not good enough to just show up and say hey, we're the University of Alabama, and we're going to let our name scare you and beat you that way. That's not the way we were coached to do, and that's not how we are going to play." Added Mosley,"Win the Alabama way. Be tough and physical and dominate in each phase of the game."

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