Alabama sits at 9-3 coming off a solid beating of Oklahoma State before Christmas.
The Tide will face two more non-conference games before entering SEC waters: a gimme game against Jacksonville and an absolute must-win in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.
After that, the conference schedule didn't do Alabama any favors right out of the gate.
Anthony Grant and company are on the road for three out of the first five games with the last three games coming against Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. All of the last three were ranked at one point this season—with MSU and UK both sitting in the Top 14.
Looking realistically at this early slate, Alabama should be able to take some combination of three out of five.