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Saban has a very young team down in Tuscaloosa. Will the lack of experience hurt them? You bet...
Alabama Crimson Tide
Projected Regular Season Record 11-1
If a Nick Saban team could be described by one word, that word would be physical. This has been the key to his success as a college coach over the years. Saban is a hard-nosed coach from Appalachia and his players mirror this toughness.
The team is a skeleton of what it was last year, with AJ McCarron as the only statistical leader to return on either side of the ball. What the team lacks in experience at the skill positions, however, it makes up for in the trenches. Alabama has arguably the best OL/DL combination in the country, led by Barrett Jones at center and Jesse Williams at nose tackle.
This team could easily be in the title hunt come November; however, their lack of experience, as well as a hangover from last season could also cause them to drop a few winnable games.
Key dates for Alabama include:
September 1 vs. Michigan – Projected Win
September 15 @ Arkansas – Projected Win
November 3 @ LSU – Projected Loss
Conclusion: A Nick Saban team should never be taken lightly. LSU will need to play its best game if it expects to win November 3.