The Alabama Crimson Tide will enter the 2012 season with a team possibly better than before, and they will need to be to convincingly conquer Auburn again. The advantages they have are numerous, but they just need to be applied.
Alabama loses a lot on defense, but if history proves correct, Saban's defenses always come back with a fire underneath them. Even the 2010 defense was one of the best in the nation.
It's really all about Alabama's offense this year, which is kind of a foreign concept to critics of the Tide.
As for Auburn, the Tigers certainly won't be the same team from last year. They will show up wearing big boy pants and give the Tide a run for their money.
The outcome has yet to be determined, but here are five advantages the Tide has over the Tigers.