Even after defeating rival LSU for the BCS Championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide are still beind the Tigers on the odds boards for next year's winner. See if we recommend adding Alabama to your college football picks for next year's title.
Tide: AP Top 25 update and predictions
winning it all last season, the Crimson Tide are rebuilding and readying
themselves for another run at the SEC title and a repeat shot at winning it all
again. SEC meetings just wrapped up, and some interesting issues were
discusses. The main issue was an eventual college football playoff.
presidents and athletic directors voted unanimously to approve the use of a
four-team playoff as the means of a national champion. This is big news for
college football, as one of, if not the power conference in NCAAF have approved
it. This surprised me a bit, because an SEC football team is almost always in a
Even though they didn’t get a unanimous vote as the number one football team in the
country, the Crimson Tide finished last season with 55 of the possible 60 first
place AP votes. Even after the season they had, I don’t see them as the AP #1
team entering next season. They lost eight players to the draft, four of which
were first round selections. The other nine players that declared for the draft
will most likely be getting tryouts and free agent contracts.
another stellar recruiting class coming in this offseason, but replacing the
likes of the guys they lost (especially on defense) will be a tough proposition.
Though I have all the faith in the world in Nick Saban, Bama might not be in
the top three come the preseason polls. I see them in the three or four slot,
and then we’ll go from there.
Alabama Crimson Tide are the defending BCS Champions, yet they're sandwiched in
between LSU and the USC Trojans as the sports betting favorites for 2012-2013.
With college football betting shops listing Bama' at 11/2 choice, are they a good choice to win the tital again in 2012-13? Lets find out of the Crimson Tide is the team to roll with for your college football picks.
a convincing win in the BCS Championship game, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the
second choice to the LSU Tigers, tied with the USC Trojans and Heisman Trophy
candidate Matt Barkley. This should be another exciting race just as it was in the
Crimson Tide will suffer some major losses in the upcoming season as they lose
former Heisman candidate Trent Richardson, linebacker Dont'a Hightower,
defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick, safety Mark Barron, and linebacker Courtney
Upshaw. Despite great recruiting, this will leave a big hole in the starting roster.
a positive note, quarterback A.J. McCarron,
running back Eddie Lacy, offensive lineman Barrett Jones, and safety Robert
Lester will all be returning for the Tide.
fellow SEC teams like LSU have lost their starting QB's, Alabama has a major
advantage in the return of McCarron. This is a quarterback that's already won a
national championship as a junior, and has been a timely and
efficient passer. McCarron is a quarterback that can be very complimentary to a
reliable running game.
Last season he threw for 2634 yard (66.8% completion
rate) with 16 TD and 5 INT. He's not going to put up the type of numbers a 'Landry
Jones' would, but McCarron can be counted on to keep the mistakes to a minimum and find
the open receiver. Expect more of the same in the upcoming season.
same thing was said last season in when running back Mark
Ingram left for the NFL and the Tide were concerned if Trent Richardson could
fit his shoes. Richardson did more than fill the role, as he helped lead the Tide to a National Championship with more than 2000 all-purpose yards and 24
back Eddie Lacy will be in the same position that Richardson was in going into
his junior year and having legitimate amount of experience. In his sophomore
season, Lacy rushed for 674 yards and 7 TD's. He averaged over 7 yards per
they don't lack depth as a receiving core, the Alabama receiving game has
definitely suffered some major losses as they lose their top 4 receivers led by
this is a team that is saturated with top level recruits and also has returning targets like Kenny Bell (17 receptions, 255 yards, 2 TD's), sophomore DeAndrew
White (14 receptions, 151 yards, 2 TD), and senior tight end Michael Williams
(16 receptions, 191 yards, 2 TD). Look for these receivers to increase
production as they'll have more opportunities.
Alabama is targeted as on of the most desirable colleges for freshman recruits. At the moment, they have verbal commitments from 3 of the top 60 recruits
in the nations in wide receivers Eddie Williams (ranked 24th), Amari Cooper
(45th), and Chris Black (58th). Williams appears to be a big time prospect and
a solid target a 6 foot 4.
Crimson Tide were the top ranked defense last year, holding their opponents to
just 8.2 points per game, 2.4 yards per carry, and shutting LSU out in the
are some voids to fill at linebacker and the secondary as they've lost Hightower
and Upshaw at the linebacker positions and safety Mark Barron and Dre
Kirkpatrick at defensive back.
Tide will look to the leadership of senior defensive back Robert Lester
and senior linebacker Nico Johnson. Last season Lester had 39 tackles and 2
INTs while Johnson had 46 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. Bama is
also expecting big things out of sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (30
tackles, 1 forced fumble). We'll have to keep an eye on number 3.
native, defensive back Landon Collins heads 15 defensive recruits for the
Crimson Tide. It's no wonder why they have the best defense in the nation.
Collins has good size, good speed, and is ranked 17 in the top 150 recruits in
simply, even with the losses of last year, this defense will be one of the
only weakness that I find for this team is the lack of experienced receivers. It will take time
for the players to fit into the offense. Eddie Lacy has already proven that he can
do the job and Alabama's defense will be a major strength once again this
has 3 major tests on their schedule. They open up the season at home against
Michigan, they host Auburn in the Iron Bowl, and the biggest test comes as they
visit LSU on November 3rd.
undefeated is a difficult task to accomplish. Alabama is capable of it but look
for the Crimson Tide to go 12-1.
LSU is still the favorite to win the BCS Championship, but I think that USC and Oklahoma are more of a threat to Alabama than the