2 Reasons Why The Crimson Tide Could (and probaly will) Roll Three in a Row

One of the toughest accomplishments known to the wild world of sports is winning back-to-back titles. Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for three. Here are two reasons why Alabama could win three national championships in a row.
1. Favorable Schedule
Competing in the hardest conference in college sports cannot possibly generate an easy schedule, but the Tide’s 2013 slate is much less tougher than most others of the SEC. For starters, their opener is a game in the Georgia Dome against Virginia Tech, who had a disappointing 7-6 season in 2012. Despite this, the Frank Beamer-led Hokies should be on the schedule as an upset alert for the Tide. Alabama’s toughest test comes September 14 in College Station versus the Texas A&M Aggies. This is no easy game, but Nick Saban’s defense should be well prepared for Johnny Manziel after suffering a loss to the Aggies last year. Following the Aggies, the next six games for the Crimson Tide contain four SEC games, and they all should be well favorable for the Tide. The games are against Ole Miss, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee, and all at home except for a road game at Kentucky. These teams combined won six and lost twenty-six SEC games last season, and not to mention Alabama outscored these teams 139-27 a year ago. LSU is the next opponent on Alabama’s 2013 schedule, and is their next true test, but is also their last SEC home game. A game at Mississippi State is next, and this game should be on the upset alert for the Tide. Mississippi State is definitely an SEC team on the rise, as they went a solid 8-5 last year and present a strong recruiting class for 2013. This should be Alabama’s last true test of the season, as their last two games are against FCS Chattanooga, and Auburn, an SEC team who did not win a conference game last year. The last notable item on the Crimson Tide’s 2013 slate are three tough games that do not appear on the schedule – games against Georgia, Florida, or South Carolina.
2. Leadership
If there is one thing Nick Saban can’t do wrong, it is fielding a strong team every year, despite offseason losses. Nick Saban will have to do this again in 2013, as his team will be losing three All-American offensive lineman and the top running back selected in the latest NFL Draft in Eddie Lacy. Quarterback A.J. McCarron will present tremendous leadership for the offense, and he will lead the team to victory in late-game situations when necessary. On defense, The Tide will have to deal with losses such as defensive backs Dee Milliner and Robert Lester. In 2013, Alabama will have to rely on underclassmen such as running back T.J. Yeldon, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and linebacker Adrian Hubbard. Expect for Cooper and Yeldon to shine under second year offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. If the Tide are able to capitalize on their talented underclassmen early as well as fill in the gaps in their offensive line, then they will most likely have the most talented team in the college football world. As for special teams, punter Cody Mandell will return, but 2012 senior kicker Jeremy Shelley will leave for the NFL. Should the Alabama Crimson Tide fill in all of their gaps left from a year ago with talented players, they should yet again be a top force in the SEC. The only question that remains: Will Nick Saban again field the top college team in all the land and lead Alabama to the national championship, or will the talent holes prove to be too much for the Tide?

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