The Tide surprised everyone in 2008 by going 12-0 in the regular season in Nick Saban's second year.
This year's team has 15 returning starters, including nine on the defensive side.
The biggest question marks will be at QB, with Greg McElroy likely taking over for John Parker Wilson, and on the offensive line, where three starters need to replaced, including All-Americans Antoine Caldwell and Andre Smith. The offense will need RB Mark Ingram and WR Julio Jones to step up early.
The Tide defense should be even nastier than last year's group that ranked third nationally in total defense. The dangerous Javier Arenas is back returning kicks.
Alabama has been very focused this off season to shake off the "bleeping way we finished last season," according to Saban.
Another stellar recruiting class was signed in February that many ranked No. 1.