Alabama Football: How Crimson Tide's Future Stacks Up Against Top SEC West Teams

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Alabama Football: How Crimson Tide's Future Stacks Up Against Top SEC West Teams
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Many teams live in the present, some teams live in the past, and most live for the future. Only the best SEC teams live for all three. And the SEC West's past, present, and future look equally bright. 

The goal of teams in the SEC West is, was, and always will be the national championship, and they have the best record in modern college football of achieving it.

But to get there, they must run the SEC gauntlet each year, they much face the best teams the SEC has to offer and they are all located in the western division of the SEC. 

The best route to the national championship at the moment is through the SEC championship (though alternate routes can be found: Alabama, 2011 season), but to make it, each team must win the SEC West. 

Each of these four team's upcoming seasons looks extremely promising, but what about the future?

How do these teams' futures compare to that of opponents in the SEC West?

I will give an examination based on alphabetical grades to give a debatable indication of what the future holds for the top teams in the SEC West: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and LSU.

Grades given are based on the SEC West and not the nation as a whole. All of the teams are top-tier from a national standpoint and would earn an "A" in almost every category in that aspect.

The areas examined will be coaching staff, program stability, recruiting, *pro potential, championship contention, and near future (next one to two years). 

* - Pro potential is a sub-category of recruiting.

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