Winning the NCAA's Division-I level national championship in football is going to require at least one more victory from this point forward, and you can bet that Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be among the College Football odds favorites to be part of the new playoff scheme, if not win it all.
Not that such a prediction will shock many folks given the
rich history of
The Tigers derailed those hopes with a stunning upset, and
that was followed by a defeat at the hands of
Who Replaces AJ McCarron?
That has to be the first question posed when thinking about getting an NCAA football futures bet down on the Tide. McCarron guided the offense for three straight seasons with amazing consistency, and replacing him at quarterback as well as a leader isn't going to be easy.
The spotlight is going to be squarely on Blake Sims who has
served as McCarron's backup the past two years. The soon-to-be senior was a top QB recruit out of
Should Sims not pan out or get injured, there isn't a lot of
experience behind him; that doesn't mean there's not a lot of talent to fight
it out for No. 2 on the depth chart. The
battle appears to be between Alec Morris, a 2012 recruit, along with Cooper
Bateman and Luke Del Rio, both true freshmen this past season and both early
David Cornwell, the only QB recruit in the latest class to
Returning Starters Bolstered By Top-Rated Recruiting Class
McCarron isn't the only key starter to use up his
eligibility. Anthony Steen, a 3-year
starter on the offensive line, also won't be returning after an injury-plagued
senior season saw him miss the Sugar Bowl vs.
On the defensive side, linebacker CJ Mosley's team-leading 108 tackles have to be replaced, along with 2-year starting end Ed Stinson. Saban is also going to have to plug both cornerback spots left vacant by the departures of Deion Belue and John Fulton.
He'll have plenty of sophomores and juniors from 2013 to find fill-ins at those spots, and Saban also has what many believe to be the top-rated 2014 recruiting class. Among them are 5-star recruits Cameron Robinson (OT), Da'Shawn Hand (DE) and Tony Brown (CB). The new freshman class might even get better if 'Bama can convince DB Marlon Humphrey and DE Matt Elam to hop aboard.
'14 Schedule Nicely Split In Thirds
No SEC schedule is easy, but
October is travel month for 'Bama with games at Ole Miss,
Game 9 on the schedule is in