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.
"We made a great statement. But we're not the defending champs," Mosley said. "That was last year's team. That's what coach put in our heads two days after the championship game."
In what was considered the marquee matchup of college football's opening weekend, the second-ranked Tide had a dominating 41-14 victory over a Michigan team with Denard Robinson coming off an 11-win season capped by a BCS bowl victory of its own.
Alabama showed it can still dominate defensively even after three starting defenders from last year's title team were first-round NFL draft picks. The Crimson Tide manhandled the eighth-ranked Wolverines while doing quick damage to the Heisman hopes for Robinson, the dual-threat quarterback who was m...