College Football Preseason Top 25: #2 Alabama

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

No call in this Top 25 caused more trouble for Al Dannity than separating the top two. After some long, thought-filled weeks, the decision has been made. Today we reveal the first of the two teams Al expects to see in the BCS National Championship Game. Alabama should get a shot at playing for all the marbles.

The schedule A trip to Happy Valley to take on Penn State will be the highlight of Alabama’s non-conference slate before they enter SEC play. Things get interesting fast with the visit of Arkansas followed by a trip to the Swamp to take on the Gators. October is a fairly light month for Nick Saban’s team but business picks up in November with a big home date against LSU followed by a trip to Mississippi State. As always, the regular season closes with the Iron Bowl against Auburn.

The players What do you do when 3 of your star players depart for the NFL and you lose your starting quarterback too? In the case of Alabama you return 17 starters and contend for a national championship irrespective of the rookie you have under center. A.J. McCarron and Philip Sims remain locked in a battle for the job and we may not know who takes over until the first series against Kent State on Saturday. The ground game will be crucial for the offense, with Trent Richardson leading the way. He will have a powerful offensive line clearing the road, with all five starters from 2010 back for this season.

There are 10 returning starters on defense. The 2010 unit was amongst the most physically gifted to ever step onto a field but College Football betting fans were let down by their inexperience last year. In 2011 we can expect to see big displays from Donta Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron, and Robert Lester.

The forecast Well you can already see where this is going. A team I lauded last year for being loaded with athletic talent now has the experience required to become a truly dominant power. That said, I don’t believe the Tide can survive a defeat on the schedule and still make the title game. Fortunately for Bama fans, I don’t believe the Tide will lose a single game in the regular season. Alabama missing last year’s SEC title game will look like an aberration in years to come. The Crimson Tide will win the SEC West, the will win the SEC Championship Game, and the will be hard to best against in New Orleans.