Alabama has a schedule ahead of them in 2012 that sets them apart from most other teams in college football. The good news is that no one will be screaming about a "weak" schedule at the end of the year.
A few discrepancies exist, though none as bad as the 2010 season. For those of you who don't remember that situation, Alabama played against six SEC teams coming off bye weeks while the Tide only had one.
More good news for 'Bama fans is that Saban will probably be bringing the No. 1 recruiting class to the Capstone again in 2012. The "bad" news is that we lose a lot of talent to the NFL and graduation.
I don't think the effect of losing the 2011 talent will be as painful as losing the 2009 talent, though, as there are plenty of players on the 2012 team that have a ring from 2009 and remember the losses from 2010.
I have some basic advice for the team and the fans to take into each game.