Will Alabama win the National Championship? | The Tylt
Will Alabama win the National Championship?
The Alabama Crimson Tide were on the brink of a perfect season before they lost in the national championship game against the Clemson Tigers. With their young team growing, the coaches poll has them as the No.1 team in the country. But will they end the year hoisting the national championship trophy?
Aside from his early years, last season was supposed to be the year where Nick Saban was going to take the year off. His team was young, and the rest of the country had a lot of talent. However, Saban proved he and Alabama were dangerous, even with an inexperienced roster. That team returns one year wiser, with a bad taste in their mouth from a national championship loss. The last team anyone wants to face is a motivated Crimson Tide.
Aside from Florida State early in the year, Nick Saban will be facing the same SEC opponents he has been dominating for his career. A glance at the schedule shows no real threat to the Crimson Tide's season. With an even better run game and a more experienced Jalen Hurts running the show, the offense looks like it'll close the gap with the defense to form one of the most dominant teams in the country.
Go ahead and crown Alabama right now—they're winning the national championship.
The expectation is Alabama will run through the SEC and reach another national championship game with little resistance. However, there are a couple of games where the Crimson Tide will be exposed and will fall flat just like last year. Just because you're the best team in the country talent-wise doesn't mean you will be the best team on the field every week.
First, Alabama faces Florida State early in the season, where rust could get the best of the team.
Next, the matchup with Mississippi State features Nick Fitzgerald, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country—a kryptonite of sorts for Nick Saban.
Then, there's the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium against Auburn, where Alabama has seen its share of stunning upsets. The Crimson Tide is talented, but not unbeatable. Even if the team makes it past the SEC, Alabama will face some of the best teams in the country come playoff time.
There are simply too many good teams for Alabama to come up on top this year.