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2018 Previews: Rating the Units

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief As the number of expert (and not-so-expert) opinions available on the internet has exploded over the past 20 years, what has been lacking in many of those prognostications is objective data of any sort. While ranking the strength of all position units at this point in the preseason demands some […]

Previews 2018: Preseason Top 25/SEC Standings

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Projected 2018 SEC standings SEC East SEC West Team Overall SEC Team Overall SEC 1. Georgia 12-0 8-0 1. Alabama 12-0 8-0 2. South Carolina 8-4 5-3 2. Mississippi State 10-2 6-2 3. Florida 7-5 4-4 3. Auburn 9-3 5-3 4. Missouri 7-5 3-5 4. Ole Miss 8-4 4-4 5. Kentucky 7-5 3-5 5. Texas […]

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Previews 2018: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Returning Offensive Starters: 7 (QB, RB, TE, LT, LG, RG, RT) Returning Defensive Starters: 4 (E, DT/E, MLB, JLB) Returning Specialists: 0 Projected Overall Record: 12-0 Projected SEC Record: 8-0 Projected SEC West Record: 6-0 Ratings (Ex, Vg, Av, Fr, Pr) Quarterbacks: Ex Defensive Line: Vg Running Backs: Ex Linebackers: Vg Wide Receivers: Vg Defensive […]

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Tide’s recruiting strategy looks geared for sustained dominance

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Tide’s recruiting strategy looks geared for sustained dominance

Among the questions that arose immediately following Alabama’s win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff was one of longevity – both in regards to Alabama’s already-extended position at the top of the sport, and also in regards to Nick Saban’s remaining career.

If early returns on the 2018-2019 recruiting trail are any indication, both paths have a lot of miles remaining on them.

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A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

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A-Day wrap-up: More aggression, more movement, more questions

At most A-Day games, especially those overseen by Nick Saban, it isn’t so much what you see as what you don’t see.

There aren’t a lot of complicated blitzes. There aren’t a bunch of funky offensive sets. There isn’t much more to be seen other than a basic overview of the depth chart, on-the-hoof estimations of successful (or not-so-successful) strength-and-conditioning efforts, and maybe a few tendencies sneak through in years – like this one – where Alabama is replacing an offensive coordinator.

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Spring preview: For once, identity will be determined by who wins certain jobs

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Spring preview: For once, identity will be determined by who wins certain jobs

Alabama has multiple dichotomies in play. There is the quarterback battle between Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, a contrast of styles between a quarterback ideally suited for a pro spread passing game and one suited for a spread-option style attack. There is new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, whose background promises more success the more misdirection and spread elements are inplay, but then there’s new QB coach Dan Enos, who made his bones largely on the back of more traditional sets with play-action and a quarterback under center.

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Rating the SEC recruiting classes

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Rating the SEC recruiting classes

The Bulldogs probably signed the best recruiting class, top to bottom, in modern college football history, eclipsing the class Alabama brought together a year earlier.

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Signing Day 2018: So-so finish undersells a solid class

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Signing Day 2018: So-so finish undersells a solid class

A year after signing what was at the time, the best class in Alabama history on paper – a heralding that backed itself up on the field once the fall came – Alabama couldn’t repeat its past glories, and ended up signing the lowest-ranked class since Nick Saban’s first class at Alabama in 2007.

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Georgia wrap-up: Saban’s courage to make a tough call nets him a sixth title

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Georgia wrap-up: Saban’s courage to make a tough call nets him a sixth title

If coaches are granted that kind of freedom after just one title, imagine the length of leash there is for Nick Saban, now winner of six titles. For the second time in his coaching career, he now finds himself in the rarefied air once inhabited by Paul “Bear” Bryant, the first time of course being when he took the job in Tuscaloosa in the first place.

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Georgia preview: Tide plays for a title against team it was built to defend

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Georgia preview: Tide plays for a title against team it was built to defend

Alabama will face off against a team that was more or less built to mirror Alabama. And Alabama’s attack plan is more or less designed to attack teams like this.

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