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Ole Miss: You have to love the direction Ole Miss is heading as a team, but there simply isn't enough offensive firepower to get excited. These teams met last season and the Rebels were held to only 14 points and a subpar 218 total yards. Quarterback Bo Wallace and running back Jeff Scott are nice pieces with potential, but you have to go with the more talented Alabama defense in this matchup.
Kentucky: Unless we are talking about college basketball, Kentucky and the offense stand absolutely no shot. This team couldn't do much of anything right last year, and is now starting the season off with a new coaching staff that usually always results in growing pains. Alabama has won 18 of the last 19 matchups against the Wildcats and it is hard seeing that trend come to an end, particularly because of the stifling Tide defense.
Arkansas: Last season the Razorbacks offense was supposed to be one of the best in college football. Well, when it met Alabama, it only produced 137 total yards and turned the ball over an inexcusable five times. Now Arkansas has to find a new quarterback, will likely start a true freshman in Alex Collins at the running back position and has to replace three starting offensive linemen. It won't get any easier for the folks out in Fayetteville.
Tennessee: Put Tyler Bray, Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter back on this team and the Volunteers would at the top of this list to give the Alabama defense a stiff test. Unfortunately, all of them have decided to leave early for the NFL draft and force head coach Butch Jones to pick up all of the pieces. The Volunteers have no real answer at quarterback, must replace all of the starting wide receivers and have to improve a running game that ranked eighth in the SEC. I'll take my chances with Nick Saban and his guys.
Mississippi State: I almost gave the Bulldogs a shot in this one. I really think Tyler Russell has the ability to become one of the better quarterbacks in this conference. I also like the fact that a 1,000-yard rusher in LaDarius Perkins is returning for his senior year. However, Mississippi State hasn't exactly fared well against ranked opponents in the past under head coach Dan Mullen, and only managed 47 yards on the ground in last year’s meeting. You have to play the percentages and figure it won't be easy for a program that lost five of its last six games a year ago.