Championship or bust? It's what Alabama players sign up for

Staff drawing by Mark Wiedmer / No. 1 Alabama (13-1) and No. 3 Georgia (13-1) will meet at 8 p.m Monday in Indianapolis in the College Football Playoff's national championship game. ESPN will televise the matchup, with Alabama seeking its seventh national title in coach Nick Saban's 15 seasons leading the program and Georgia trying to end a 41-year championship drought.

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.