Alabama Football: Will Nick Saban, Crimson Tide Roll Through the 2012 Schedule?
Next year, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team will be coming off a national championship win in which they showed the voters that they were without a doubt the best team in the nation. With victory and glory, and having the right to be called the national champs, Alabama has a target back for the 2012 season.
This schedule, if you look at it closely, is daunting, crazy and unreal, but what SEC schedule isn't? (Another reason why Oklahoma State fans just need to stop complaining and come back to reality) The Tide have a huge opening game against Michigan just like LSU did last year against Oregon. It will also be played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., just like the LSU/Oregon game.
The schedule will be hectic for the Crimson Tide, but if Alabama goes 11-1 or 12-0, you can pretty much guarantee a spot in the SEC Championship Game or the national title game.
It will be interesting to see how A.J. McCarron does in his junior year. He grew up before our eyes in the national title game. He didn't have a touchdown pass, but he had full control of the offense and he looked like the leader on the field. If he plays like that next year, Alabama might just have a shot at going back to back.
The offensive will most likely be losing Trent Richardson, one of the most dynamic running backs this school has ever seen, but many highly-touted recruits are coming in and a lot of key contributors will be coming back, like Barrett Jones.
Alabama is losing a lot on defense, but if you look at how well some of the backups played this year fans have to be feeling good and impressed. It will be hard to replace guys if they leave like Dre Kirkpatrick, Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower and Mark Barron and so on.
But the recruiting class, especially on the defensive side of the ball has Crimson Tide fans drooling and probably Saban himself. Getting a guy like Landon Collins who could play right away was huge for this team.
Hopefully, Alabama rolls through their schedule and again hoists the crystal ball in January. Roll Tide!
9/1/12 Michigan Wolverines @ Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
Boy, is this going to be a true test for Alabama?
The Crimson Tide's nasty defense against the high-octane Michigan offense led by shoelace himself Denard Robinson. Alabama has have a linebacker spying on Robinson all night. You have to put enough pressure on him to make him uncomfortable, not too much pressure because Robinson can find a hole in the defense, and a few seconds later Michigan is on the board.
I think Alabama will not only run the ball in this game, but also try to get McCarron into a groove early in the year, I see A.J. McCarron passing for over 250 in this game.
Prediction: Alabama 24, Michigan 20
9/8/12 Western Kentucky
Really? This has blowout written all over it. Too bad for the Hilltoppers. At least they get a nice payday.
Prediction: Alabama 56, Western Kentucky 3
9/15/12 @ Arkansas
This is trap game for the Tide, Alabama has to come out fast against Arkansas, or Alabama will be trailing most of the game and watching Tyler Wilson shred you to pieces. I wasn't fond of his game last year at this time, but boy is this kid the real deal?
He can make all the throws, but he does get shaky at some times, and I think Alabama barely squeaks one on the road by picking off Tyler Wilson.
Prediction: Alabama 28, Arkansas 25
9/22/12 Florida Atlantic
Again, another blowout. Give it to the Crimson Tide. The Florida Atlantic Owls have no chance once the Alabama comes out the tunnel.
Prediction: Alabama 45, Florida Atlantic 6
9/29/12 Ole Miss
Ole Miss is struggling, but I could see them giving the Crimson Tide a run for their money for one half.
Prediction: Alabama 34, Ole Miss 13
10/13/12 @ Missouri
A new rival maybe? Missouri has always been a solid program, and they'll show up ready to play. Meanwhile, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide will be coming off a bye week, which is not good news for the Tigers.
Prediction: Alabama 23, Missouri 10
10/20/12 @ Tennessee
Derek Dooley and Tennessee have a confusing program. Is he on the hot seat or is he not?
Can they get to a bowl game or can they not? This will be a huge game for Dooley and the Vols, but I don't see it happening.
Prediction: Alabama 28, Tennessee 10
10/27/12 Mississippi St.
There has to be a game that the Tide will take to lightly and get a scare. This is the game for me, but Alabama still comes through in the end.
Prediction: Alabama 14, Mississippi St. 10
11/3/12 @ LSU
This game is going to be special. I see both teams playing very well coming into this game and both undefeated. They both might be in the top two, three or five. Probably, the game will be just like last year, holding huge implications. The winner of this game might be packing their bags for the title game next year.
LSU will come out with so much emotion that it will come back to haunt them, even at home.
I think LSU will lead for most of the game, but it will come down to overtime again, but with a different result with Alabama winning and silencing Baton Rouge and Death Valley.
Prediction: Alabama 24, LSU 21
11/10/12 Texas A&M
Another team coming from the Big 12 to the SEC. Texas A&M will be in for a rude awakening in their game against the Tide. I just feel Alabama wants to welcome them into the league by utterly destroying them.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Texas A&M 13
11/17/12 Western Carolina
Western Carolina...never really heard of them. Eh, I'll give them a late field goal.
Prediction: Alabama 56, Western Carolina 3
One of the best rivalries in sports is Alabama/Auburn.
I think even with Auburn losing players, including Mike Dyer transferring to Arkansas State, according to ESPN, I think they're going to surprise some people. Title contenders? No! But they have talent, and anything can happen in a rivalry game. Anyway, Alabama's depth will be too much for Auburn
Prediction: Alabama 24, Auburn 14
12/1/12 SEC Championship Game
I see Alabama facing Georgia in the SEC title game, and it's going to be a barn burner. Both teams will be great next year. Georgia has a lot to prove next year, but Alabama will be more hungry about the idea of going back-to-back in the title game.
Prediction: Alabama 31, Georgia 28
BCS National Championship Game
I see four teams that Alabama could play in the title game if they get there next year. These are in no specific order: Oregon, USC, LSU and Oklahoma.
Now, it's your turn to tell me if I'm crazy to think if Alabama can go undefeated again or tell me if some of these scores are absurd.
Also, tell me if we get into the title game who would you want to play. What would the score be and who would you not want Alabama to play and why?
You guys have a great day Roll Tide. Thanks for reading.
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