The Alabama Crimson Tide come into the 2012 season after proving to the country that they were, in fact, the best team in college football last season.
While championship No. 14 did stir an enormous amount of controversy and could eventually lead to a plus-one system in college football, the Tide rolled on their way to the crystal ball, dominating their scheduled opponents week after week, even in the one week where they took a loss.
However, in beginning a defense of the championship, Alabama has more than a few concerns looming large. While there is no questioning the talent level of the squad after a long run of stellar recruiting classes, the team still must address six vital issues to have a legitimate shot at repeating.
If any one of these six deficiencies is not addressed in preseason, it will certainly open Bama up to losing a game or two throughout the season, putting an end to any dreams of going back-to-back.
Correcting four or five will likely ensure the team of a 10-win season and a likely BCS bowl appearance.
But we all know that they don’t play for 10-win seasons in Tuscaloosa.