Alabama Football: 10 Important Storylines to Watch Develop Throughout 2012

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Alabama Football: 10 Important Storylines to Watch Develop Throughout 2012
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There sure has been a lot of jaw-jacking over the last 30 days or so as we lead up to this weeks opening of college football season—at least in SEC country, anyway. The beauty of all this endless smack talk is that every single fan, deep down, knows that his or her program enters the season with a number of questions. The Alabama Crimson Tide are no exception.

It is fun to take shots at friends and family who support other schools, one-upping each other by spurting out what is often utter nonsense in effort to prove one's point. But with every fumble, every missed assignment and every unexpected loss, the weaknesses and uncertainties of every program are exposed. And with every touchdown, pick-six and hard-earned victory, the strengths and stars of a school emerge.

Alabama has a multiple questions of its own, stories that will develop with each week of the season, eventually accumulating in the page of the Tide history book known as "2012". On both sides of the ball and even on the sideline, virtually no part of the Crimson Tide football program comes into the season with all of its questions answered.

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