2013 Record: 11-2
Returning Starters: 12
Only at Alabama is an 11-win season considered a disappointment.
The success Nick Saban has achieved at Alabama has made standards and yearly expectations ridiculously high. Every season is national championship or bust in Tuscaloosa, and 2013 ended sourly with losses to Auburn and Oklahoma in high-profile games.
Next season won't be any different—the Crimson Tide are expected to be in the playoff mix.
Alabama lost quarterback AJ McCarron, but it does return a talented running back corps and dangerous receiving threats in Amari Cooper, O.J. Howard and DeAndrew White. Defensively, safety Landon Collins and linebacker Trey DePriest are poised to have breakout seasons.
Both teams will be coming off a bye, so expect both teams to be fully rested for a physical battle. For LSU to win, The Tigers must limit turnovers and limit big plays defensively. Defensive coordinator John Chavis must have his secondary prepared.
Miles has lost to Saban three consecutive times. But with the home crowd at his side, he hopes to change that next season. Expect another early November classic in Baton Rouge.