Although Alabama had nine players taken in April's NFL draft, there's more than enough returning talent to make the Crimson Tide's quest for a third straight BCS national championship a real possibility.
Nick Saban’s club returns a number of stars off the squad that pummeled previously unbeaten Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS title game. And the Tide’s schedule, which still has its share of challenges, does not appear to be as daunting as in previous years.
The season opener against ACC power Virginia Tech kicks things off on Aug. 31 in the Georgia Dome. Showdowns with SEC West powers Texas A&M (Sept. 14) and LSU (Nov. 9) will be tough, but the Tide have the luxury of a bye week preceding each of those contests.
So, how does the rest of the schedule play out, and can the Tide run the table and produce their second unblemished season under Saban?