After claiming back-to-back national titles, Alabama’s road to claim a third consecutive crystal football will undoubtedly come with a few bumps in the road.
At first glance, the 2013 schedule appears manageable for Nick Saban’s club. However, no one envisioned Texas A&M being the team to trip up the Tide last season, so new challengers to their throne could emerge from the shadows.
The season begins with another high-profile non-conference showdown against Virginia Tech in the Chik-fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome.
The clash with the Aggies comes two weeks after the season opener, with a bye week in between.
In what is becoming a shift of power in the SEC West, former challengers Arkansas and Auburn appear to have been supplanted by up-and-coming programs like Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
The usual battles within the SEC schedule are present, but which games will be the toughest for Saban and his staff to prepare for?
Find out as I try and break down the teams that will represent potential pitfalls in the Tide’s 2013 schedule.