Let's face it, the 2008 Alabama Crimson Tide football team was the biggest surprise in college sports last year. In 2009 expectations will be higher, and the hunters will become the hunted.
The 2009 Crimson Tide will start the season, yet again, against a top-10 ranked Atlantic Coast conference team. This round, though, they will take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech.
The Orange Bowl champions versus the Sugar Bowl losers.
The main point of this article is that the Tide does have a chance to win the title this coming season because of their schedule. The Tide will play Virginia Tech, LSU, and Ole Miss who will all be ranked going into the 2009 season.
They also play South Carolina, Auburn, and Arkansas, who are expected to be better on both sides of the ball next season.
Alabama is, as of now, considered an elite team as they will start 2009 with the No. eight ranking. This is the best starting position since the 2000 season when they started at the No. three rank.
Alabama is expected to be the best team in the west, and most likely will play the expected best team in the east, the Florida Gators in the 2009 SEC Championship. This rematch for the title will be a better one than last season, in which the Gators ended up running away with in the fourth quarter.
The Gators made the last quarter comeback to win the championship in 2008, which really could have easily gone Alabama's way too. Florida eventually went on to win the national championship.
I believe that whoever wins the SEC Championship, whether it be Alabama or Florida, will go on to play in the national championship.
The Tide is expected to be stronger this year, but so is the rest of the SEC. Two teams they really need to watch out for are Ole Miss and LSU. One screw up could cost us the SEC and maybe the National title.
So this was just an early warning to all who play Alabama in 2009. I am ready to see my Tide get back out on the field. Roll Tide!