2013 Alabama Football Preview

League: NCAA Football
By: Chase Diamond Published on: 08/24/2013

College football kicks off in a couple weeks and Alabama is looking for their third straight National Championship and fourth in five years.  Saban’s recipe for success is simple.  Recruit better players than your competition and you win football games.  Alabama’s recruiting class from 2013 hauled in six five-star players alone.  They are a team that reloads, not rebuilds.  Many people have said that the way Alabama handled Notre Dame in last year’s title game showed that Notre Dame didn’t belong in that game.  Folks, the truth of the matter is, Alabama was that much better than any other team in college football.  If you give Saban that much prep time his squad will pummel any team out there.  Notre Dame, or any other team for that matter, would have had a much better chance if the game was played a week after the regular season had ended.  Right now Alabama is the pre-season number one and odds on favorite to win the national title yet again.  Let’s see if this year’s Crimson Tide team will roll or not.


The Tide will return 14 starters from last year but they will need to replace three offensive line starters.  The line will be good but probably take a slight step back from last year.  Even with a slight step back from the line this offense could be better than last year.  AJ McCarron is back at QB and he will have plenty of help.  Most notably that help will come from the likes of RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Amari Cooper.


Defensively Bama will be very strong as well.  The front seven will be solid and their safeties are very good.  Opposing teams will look to attack their corners as that could be their biggest weakness.  As good as the Tide is they don’t have that lock down corner that Dee Milliner was for them last year.


The Tide open up the season against Virginia Tech in Atlanta.  After a week off they play the only team that beat them last year, Texas A&M.  With the Johnny Manziel situation up in the air that game could be much easier than first anticipated.  The Tide will most likely face their biggest challenge against LSU on November 9th but that game is at home.  The Bama schedule is not very daunting and I doubt any SEC coaches think that Alabama is not going to be one of the representatives in the SEC Championship game.  


Overall, Bama comes into this season the odds on favorite to win it all and deservedly so.  With their schedule and the amount of talent they have they are going to be tough to beat.  Another National Title is not out of the question.  They have the talent and coaching to get it done but only time will tell if they can.