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Well guys, it looks like Alabama is going to be really good again this year. What else is new?
Nick Saban's Crimson Tide will once again be on the hunt for a National Championship in 2012, looking to add to their rapidly expanding trophy case.
Alabama has admittedly lost a lot of star power to the NFL, including running back Trent Richardson, safety Mark Barron and linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
But if there's one thing Nick Saban is good at (besides coaching, obviously), it's reloading his team with new talent. With senior lineman Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack anchoring what looks to be far and away the best offensive line in the nation, the Tide shouldn't have much trouble offensively.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron has already proven that he can get it done, and junior running back Eddie Lacy has the talent to fill Richardson's shoes.
The defense (as always) looks to be a stout bunch with plenty of breakout stars, like pass rusher Adrian Hubbard. But the real story for Alabama is their schedule.
After the home opener against Michigan, they won't face a true challenge until their November 3rd showdown with LSU. This BCS Championship rematch will be played in Baton Rouge and is more than likely to decide the winner of the SEC West.
You can expect Alabama to once again be making headlines on their road to a 3rd BCS title in four years.