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Ho hum. It's business as usual for No. 1 Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Nick Saban didn't even raise his voice in the season's first news conference. The Crimson Tide players dismiss their No. 1 ranking.

The initial week is shaping up to be business as usual for the defending national champions.

Saban said Monday key returning stars are showing no signs of complacency. He praised the "great camps" of Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Julio Jones and James Carpenter.

Ingram, the Heisman Trophy winning tailback, says "No. 1 really doesn't mean anything around here."

One big question mark heading into Saturday night's opener against San Jose State is the status of defensive end Marcell Dareus. Dareus is listed as the starter on the newly released depth chart, but Alabama hasn't gotten the results from an NCAA investigation into a Miami trip. 

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