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Alabama bade farewell to five potential first-round picks and a total of nine probable pro players this offseason, and that will be tough to overcome.
However, Alabama has lost a lost of key players over the last few seasons and has still managed to win three of the last four national titles.
When Mark Ingram left the Capstone, Trent Richardson took over. Eddie Lacy likewise took over for Richardson, and T.J. Yeldon is poised to pick up where Lacy left off.
Though the offensive line will take a major hit (three out of five are leaving, and two will probably be picked in the top half of the first round), A.J. McCarron will return to lead the offense through the time of trial.
Alabama's spring game has become less about answering whether the Tide can win a national championship, and more about answering how they will win it.
The answer is never easy, but it's simple: They do what they've done in order to succeed. From 2009 to 2012, Alabama only missed out on one national title, and the Tide aren't going in to the 2013 season with any other goal in mind.
During the spring game, there will be a fierce battle for the starting running back position, and there will be plenty of fights for the vacant offensive line slots.
Don't forget to watch the wide receiver battle, as Amari Cooper will have plenty of competition there, too. The Alabama spring game will be a showcase of every weapon that the Tide will take away from 2012.
The bad news for opponents is that Alabama will add another No. 1 recruiting class to the depth chart this fall. If that doesn't worry you, Alabama fans will quickly remind you that Yeldon and Cooper were part of 2012's class, and they did pretty well for themselves in their true-freshman season together.
Names like Jalston Fowler are likely to reappear if at all possible this spring, too.
Spring Game: Saturday, April 20.