With the way college football is, teams must be good, lucky and have a solid schedule. The talent on Alabama is clearly there, and the Crimson Tide seem to find a way to catch breaks when they need them most. What sets them up for possibly a third straight National Championship is that their regular season allows them to make an undefeated run.
The SEC continues to be the toughest conference in the country, and the target will definitely be on Alabama’s back the entire season. However, the team has to feel confident with what they have been given.
Outside of the SEC, the only potential threat appears to be Virginia Tech. The Crimson Tide will also face Chattanooga, Georgia State and Colorado State. The Hokies have talent, but they were terrible on offense last season. Even if they are improved, Alabama should have little trouble keeping them off the scoreboard.
In SEC play, the two toughest games for Alabama are at Texas A&M and a home game against LSU. The Aggies beat Alabama last season, but the good news for Nick Saban’s squad is that they will play them after a bye week. In fact, the LSU game will also come after a bye week, which will allow them to be healthy with a solid game plan in place.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State could provide some resistance, but Alabama’s recent success against those two schools won’t make many people worry too much.
No Georgia, South Carolina or Florida on the schedule has to make Alabama like their chances of winning their third straight title. They lost quite a bit of talent, but key returning players, who should also feature strongly in fantasy football leagues, such as T.J. Yeldon, C.J. Mosley, A.J. McCarron and Amari Cooper along with key underclassmen will give Alabama a shot at its 16th title.