It is no secret that the 2010 Alabama Crimson Tide will have to overcome certain adversities if they want to find themselves hoisting the Coaches Trophy again at the end of the 2010 NCAA football season.
The most important hurdle for the Tide is to keep focus. Coming off a championship season can sometimes cause players to forget how they got there in the first place.
When the media decides that the previous champs are still the best team in football, and serves them with the No. 1 ranking to start the season, it can make staying focused even more difficult. As long as Nick Saban can keep his players attention on the game at hand each week, there will be no need for concern.
In addition to having a huge target on their backs, Alabama has the responsibility of replacing nine starters on defense. Among those being replaced are Terrence Cody and Rolando McClain.
What most people don't realize however, is that most of the defensive starters this year actually have significant playing time. I touched on this in an earlier article
So, now that we know the "new guys" on defense are not actually new, we can move on.
Alabama has got to play well as a team if they want to repeat this year. If last season showed us anything, it's that Alabama does know the true meaning of team work.
Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy, but he had a great support system in Trent Richardson, who rushed for 751 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
While the RB's were doing their job, the offensive line had a lot of work to do in replacing Andre Smith.
When Smith left, Nick Saban had to adjust the entire line; and while the Tide got dominated in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, they did pretty well last season, winning both the SEC Championship and the BCS title.
Greg McElroy is undefeated as a starter, but Julio Jones, the Crimson Tide's leading receiver for the past two seasons, had a lot to do with that.
Jones had 43 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns in 2009.
Alabama has the team, the coach, and the will to succeed and repeat in 2010.
Whether or not they will actually do it, is quite simply up to them. It is theirs to lose.
Signing off and Roll Tide,