Alabama Football: 1 Good Reason Why the Tide Can Beat Every Opponent
The Alabama Crimson Tide's chances at repeating as national champions involve a difficult journey, but there's a damn good reason why the Tide can beat each one of their opponents.
The schedule is going to break the monotony of recent years where the Tide's most interesting opponent has been Penn State.
Out of conference opponent Michigan will begin the season with a bang and the two new SEC schools from the Big 12, Missouri and Texas A&M, should give Tide fans a thrill as 'Bama proclaims their dominance over the conference.
There will be the usual cupcakes, but everyone plays cupcakes.
Here is why 'Bama can beat every opponent, in chronological order.
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Michigan HC Brady Hoke hamstringed QB Denard Robinson
Denard Robinson was sorely limited in 2011 due to new coach, Brady Hoke. He didn't let Denard be Denard like former coach Rich Rodriguez did.
In 2010, Robinson passed for 2,570 yards with a 62.5 completion percentage and rushed for a whopping 1,702 yards, good for fifth in the nation and over 200 yards more than Cam Newton.
In 2011, Robinson passed for 2,173 yards with a 55 completion percentage and rushed for 1,176 yards.
The Wolverines were 7-6 in 2010 and 11-2 in 2011, and they owed the improvement to the play of the defense.
Michigan could have won the two games they lost had Hoke allowed Denard Robinson to play in a way that he felt comfortable.
Asking a blazing fast Michael Vick-type quarterback that stands at six-foot-nothing to be a pocket passer is a bad way to face the Tide.
Perhaps Robinson will be more comfortable in 2012, but he's not built to play in Michigan's current system and we all know how the Tide handles quarterbacks out of their comfort zone.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
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It's Western Kentucky
Poor Hilltoppers. They had to play LSU in 2011 and now they get to play Alabama in 2012.
'Bama will exact sweet revenge on the Sun Belt conference as the Tide lost to Sun Belt opponent Louisiana-Monroe in 2007, a sorely embarrassing situation.
The real reason the Tide will roll over Western Kentucky is that this will be a game where the Tide backups get a workout, and we all know how deep the Tide's depth chart is.
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QB Tyler Wilson lost all his targets
Arkansas may be delighted to have Tyler Wilson yet again in 2012, but who will he throw to?
The Razorbacks lost leading receiver Jarius Wright, who compiled over 1,100 receiving yards, as well as stud receiver/return man Joe Adams. Current senior Greg Childs, who had an off year in 2011, will also be gone.
Outstanding running back Knile Davis will be returning from injury in 2012, but with a game so early in the season he may not be fully recovered and 100 percent.
In a pass-happy offense Tyler Wilson will be looked upon to shred the Tide's young secondary in 2012, but with an equally young receiving squad he won't be able to conquer the Tide.
To add insult to injury, the Razorbacks lose their sack-machine Jake Bequette, who lead the team with 10 sacks despite missing games due to injury.
Florida Atlantic Owls
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It's Florida Atlantic
Critics of the Tide laugh at the cupcakes on 'Bama's schedule but always neglect to recognize cupcakes on their own schedule.
Florida Atlantic is one of the worst teams in the Sun Belt Conference, and even in "reload-mode" Alabama is one of the best teams in the nation.
Ole Miss Rebels
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The Rebels have not recovered from what former HC Houston Nutt did to them
First off, Ole Miss has won only nine games against the Tide, a pseudo-rivalry that began back in 1894 and has gone on for 59 games.
Ole Miss clearly has difficulty with 'Bama.
Even worse, the team is a shadow of its former self right now. Ole Miss was never a powerhouse, but they were a respectable team.
Not in 2011. The Rebels were able to steal the label of "Worst Team in the SEC" from Vanderbilt. They went 2-10 and lost every conference game, which included blowout losses to Kentucky and Vandy.
Ole Miss fired head coach Houston Nutt this past year after the joke he turned the school into, but it will be some time before they recover from such an injury.
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The Tigers will be beat up before they play Alabama
Mizzou has a tough road ahead of them. As a team that went 8-5 last year in the Big 12, they are going to have a difficult time against the SEC.
The Tigers open their year with a very challenging schedule. They first play Georgia and out-of-conference opponent Arizona State at home and then must travel to South Carolina to face what is likely to be a ridiculous defense.
South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is going to obliterate Mizzou quarterback James Franklin.
Mizzou faces Vanderbilt the week before they face the Tide. A game against Vandy used to be a veritable bye week, but not under their new head coach, whose name is (ironically) James Franklin.
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QB Tyler Bray won't be enough
Tyler Bray raised a lot of eyebrows last year before his injury, but he was somewhat overrated.
After he shredded Cincinnati everyone though he was great, but he completely floundered against real SEC competition. He could not complete 60 percent of his passes against Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
The injury likely played a big part, but he completed 39.5 percent of his 38 passes against Kentucky.
Tennessee is a struggling team right now, but even with the promising 6'6" Tyler Bray they don't have a chance against the Crimson Tide.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
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The Bulldogs can't beat Nick Saban
Mississippi State has been a tougher opponent for the Tide throughout the years than Ole Miss has been.
The Bulldogs secret weapon has been their home-field advantage: The infamous cowbells. They wont have that advantage in Tuscaloosa, where the 2012 showdown will be played.
Mississippi State has been embarrassed by Nick Saban and the Tide (backups) for several years now, and it's a trend that will continue in 2012.
Unless the Tide players are overcome by the cuteness and majesty of the bulldog mascot there's little to no chance of 'Bama losing.
Interestingly, the Bulldogs are also the Tide's closest rival, geographically. Starkville, MS, is around 80 miles away whereas Auburn is almost 190 miles away.
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Tide will be determined to defend their title
Even if Alabama has a loss before they play LSU, there will be a mindset that they must defend their national title.
The Tide will do whatever it takes to prove that the 2011 National Championship Game wasn't a fluke.
The battle between Alabama and LSU has been like the trenches of World War I the past few years. It's been a back and forth stalemate.
'Bama will be on a mission to prove once and for all that the Tide and Nick Saban are better than Les Miles and the Tigers.
It will undoubtedly be the Tide's toughest game in 2012, including the SEC Championship Game and the BCS Title game if the Tide has the privilege to play in them.
To make matters worse for LSU, the Tide has proven that they can make Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu irrelevant.
Texas A&M Aggies
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Aggies lose QB Ryan Tannehill
The 7-6 Aggies weren't underrated in 2011, but their quarterback sure was.
Ryan Tannehill will go in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, behind only Andrew Luck and Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. It's a bold claim, but I fully believe it.
Tannehill is a great quarterback prospect. He has good size at 6'4" 222 lbs and great speed for a quarterback, running around a 4.6 40-yard dash.
He was the heart and soul of a team that struggled in a dying conference, a team that lost to a floundering 8-5 Texas team.
Ryan Tannehill won't be there in 2012 to help the Aggies against the Tide, and that is why they will lose.
He will be replaced by a former 3-star redshirt sophomore quarterback, Jameill Showers, who looks more like a scrambling quarterback that can't pass very well. I think Alabama fans know what the Tide does to quarterbacks like that.
Western Carolina Catamounts
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As the third and final cupcake on the Tide's schedule, I'm actually a little embarrassed to see the Catamounts in the game lineup.
They are an FCS school and in the same conference as the Tide's 2011 opponent, Georgia Southern, but Georgia Southern was actually one hell of a football team that dominated their competition all year.
Western Carolina is one awful team. That's not a knock on the players; it is a stark reality.
The Tide played this team in 2007 when, quite frankly, the Tide sucked. 'Bama won 52-6.
The third-string Alabama boys will get a workout in this game.
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Here is a photo of Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri tackling Auburn's stud running back Michael Dyer in the 2011 Iron bowl.
Vinnie Sunseri will be a monster in 2012 and Michael Dyer is no longer with the Tigers.
Auburn's young team in 2011 struggled, but they will be experienced veterans in 2012. I'll take inexperienced boys in crimson over blue and orange veterans any day.
There will be no Cam Newton to save the Tigers this time around.