Alabama Football: 2012 Season Preview for the Crimson Tide

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Alabama Football: 2012 Season Preview for the Crimson Tide
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Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are expected to contend for their third national title in four seasons.

In a state like Alabama that breathes in passion for college football, the buzz for the kickoff of the 2012 season is at a fever pitch just days away from kickoff. 

Entering the season as the defending national champions, Alabama fans are anxious to see if the Tide can notch its first back-to-back national titles since 1978-79.

Nick Saban may have lost a number of the key contributors that formed the nucleus of the Tide’s title-winning squads in 2009 and 2011, but the strength of this year’s squad appears to lie in the trenches on both sides of the line of scrimmage—where the depth chart is littered with upperclassmen.

However, there are several experienced veterans at other positions from last season that return—including quarterback A.J. McCarron, running back Eddie Lacy, linebackers Nico Johnson and C.J. Mosley, and safety Robert Lester amongst others. 

Alabama begins the season ranked at No. 2 , but what are the Tide’s chances to collect its 15th national title?

Who will be the Tide's MVP on offense and defense?

Which newcomer will have the biggest impact?

Find out the answers to those questions and more in this jam-packed 2012 preview for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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