With spring practice officially in the books, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will spend the next few months leading up to the 2013 season preparing for a run at its third consecutive national title.
The spring gave glimpses of what the Tide have in store for this fall. Despite the calendar flipping, not much else has changed in Tuscaloosa.
Even after losing three decorated starters on the offensive line, Saban was pleased with the progress made by that unit in spring ball according to Don Kausler Jr. of AL.com.
The return of veteran quarterback AJ McCarron and a deep and explosive group of skill players will give the Tide one of the nation’s most efficient and potent offensive attacks.
After causing a plethora of turnovers in the spring game, the concerns entering spring about the secondary appear to have faded considerably, as B/R colleague Barrett Sallee noted.
Alabama is loaded for another title run, but the schedule presents its share of challenges starting with another high-profile nonconference opener against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome.
Showdowns with SEC West powers Texas A&M (Sept. 14) and LSU (Nov. 9) will be tough, but the Tide will have the luxury of a bye week preceding each of those contests.
How does the rest of the slate shake out, and how will each game play out?
Find out in this post-spring edition of game-by-game predictions on the Tide’s 2013 season.