The defending champions will enter the season as the top team in the nation. Despite losing key starters like defensive tackle Terrence Cody and linebacker Rolando McClain to the draft, the Crimson Tide will rely on their offense to carry them to pursuit of back-to-back titles.
Heisman trophy winner, running back Mark Ingram, returns for his junior year and gives the offense a tremendous boost. Backup running back Trent Richardson, according to some experts, could provide more potential and explosion than the Heisman winner.
Quarterback Greg McElroy was tremendous as a leader for the offense last season. His experience should propel Alabama to the top spot. McElroy will have outstanding wide receivers Julio Jones and Marquis Maze back for another year.
Defensively, the Crimson Tide have retooled a little but can still provide a solid defense that keeps their offense on the field. Teams should keep an eye out for strong safety Mark Barron who made 2009 All-Conference selection. Despite the suspension of safety Robby Green, the defense remains solid.
The Crimson Tide have the majority of key players returning from the last season. Nick Saban should have no problem filling the holes on defense of the players that have moved on to the NFL and produce a championship contending team.