Will Alabama Contend Again in 2018? Short Answer: Of Course

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Doug Upstone

Monday, January 8, 2018 9:54 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 9:54 PM GMT

With Alabama having won its fifth national football championship since 2009 in a thriller over Georgia, what Crimson Tide fans want to know is can they repeat under Nick Saban next season.

Given the Crimson Tide's history under Coach Nick Saban and the continued quality of the recruiting, it would difficult to say they will not at least contend for another national championship next season. They already are +225 favorites at SBR's top-rated sportsbooks.

For starters, as you can see below, once again the schedule does not appear burdensome. As for road games, Mississippi has depth issues, Tennessee is trying to rebuild on the fly, and Arkansas is hardly imposing. The only potentially interesting aspect about those contests will be the college football odds. At LSU is always a challenge, but until Tigers have a top-flight quarterback, hard to go against Bama.

2018 Alabama Schedule
  • Sept. 1 vs. Louisville (Orlando)
  • Sept. 8 ARKANSAS STATE
  • Sept. 15 at Ole Miss
  • Sept. 22 TEXAS A&M
  • Sept. 29 LOUISIANA U.
  • Oct. 6 at Arkansas
  • Oct. 13 MISSOURI
  • Oct. 20 at Tennessee
  • Nov. 3 at LSU
  • Nov. 10 MISSISSIPPI STATE
  • Nov. 17 CITADEL
  • Nov. 24 AUBURN

The home slate has many familiar names; nonetheless, as of now Alabama figures to be a double-digit favorite each game in Tuscaloosa.

Who Is, Or Might Be, Leaving Alabama?

Because Saban wanted no distractions for Monday's championship game, which players leaving the Tide early for the NFL Draft were not immediately known. However, it is easy to surmise DB Minkah Fitzpatrick and WR Calvin Ridley are gone, likely Top 15 picks.

Others that could go are LB Rashaan Evans, CB Anthony Everett, S Ronnie Harrison and possibly leading rusher Damien Harris. Of this group, Harrison is the most likely to be a first-round draft choice. Evans is versatile and is projected as a second-round pick, while Everett is the Tide's best corner and could excel at next level. Harris is more quick than fast and will have a tough decision to make.

Nobody in FBS history won as many games as this year's Alabama senior class.

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If victorious, it will be Alabama’s 5th national title in the last 9 seasons.

The shortest span needed to win 5 titles in the poll era is 16 seasons by @AlabamaFTBL from 1964-79 under Bear Bryant. pic.twitter.com/hbquav75ab

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 8, 2018
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What Will 2018 Hold For Bama Backers?

While there was panic in the streets that Alabama might not have the best recruiting class again in 2018, at worst the Tide are Top 5 material and seldom does anyone go back and take a hard look at what this all means.

Suffice to say, Alabama will have the talent to reclaim the SEC West and quite possibly win the conference. With more coaching turnover in the conference, Saban is the standard someone has to beat. Jalen Hurts is back at quarterback, the offensive line will come together and the running back position is always fortified.

With a new accent on recruiting in the secondary to go along with what the Tide always have in the defensive and linebacker, anything less that 11-1 would be a shocker and there is every reason to believe Alabama will be in the mix for another championship.

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