There are 130 programs in college football's Bowl Subdivision.
Imagine finishing ahead of 128 of them and considering it a disappointment.
Welcome to Alabama's world in the Nick Saban era, where it has been national championship or bust ever since the Crimson Tide won three titles in a four-year stretch from 2009-12. Alabama will be seeking a third national crown in a five-year period Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the top-seeded Crimson Tide (13-1) will collide with third-seeded Georgia (13-1) in a rematch of last month's Southeastern Conference championship game that Alabama won 41-24.
"That's what you commit to when you're coming out of high school," Alabama junior safety Jordan Battle said Saturday on a Zoom call. "You know the standard is what it is and that it's a national championship-minded standard.