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Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief
Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and...
Heading into Week 2, Auburn-Georgia is probably the SEC's premier matchup given that it's a rivalry game, although Texas A&M-Alabama is no less important.
It's a quote you hear everywhere but never can seem to trace it back to the person who initially said it: If you think games like this don't matter, try losing one. Missouri was not in Alabama's sphere heading into Saturday's game, and everyone knew that. By the time the half rolled around, it was plenty obvious to all that Alabama was in full control of both the tempo and the outcome.
The same Covid-19 virus that wrecked TideFans.com's annual previews is going to have an effect on this analysis of the Missouri-Alabama opener, scheduled for Saturday in Columbia, Mo. As Nick Saban often says, it is what it is. Missouri will come into this game down approximately 10 players. That's 7 players held out for Covid protocol, plus two others opting out and a 10th player out with a “traditional” injury. That number could grow or shrink by the end of the week.
This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
Welcome to the first week of previews for the 2020 season, as we begin to sail into uncharted territory thanks to a bunch of bats. With an all-SEC, every-week schedule, we'll be facing a greater challenge in regards to keeping our success rate up for picking games. No Alabama-Western Carolinas in 2020, folks. Week 1 features some intriguing matchups, with maybe Kentucky-Auburn being at the top of that list simply due to the difficulty in figuring out just each team has.
Tua is in Miami now, so the question becomes whether Alabama leaves the offense in the hands of his 2019 backup, Mac Jones, or goes with the top QB prospect in the 2019-2020 recruiting cycle, Bryce Young.
The great Cecil Hurt, who has been carrying the scepter of wisdom in the field of Southern sports commentary for so many years now that it's covered by his homeowners policy, once got off such an appropriate set of adjectives while describing the NCAA that the rest of us, because we couldn't do any better, just stole them: “arbitrary and capricious.”
The last time we looked into the various possibilities awaiting university presidents and college commissioners, most of the discussion was about how far into the calendar year the college football season would be pushed before being allowed to start up.
Typically at this time of the year, you'd be reading a story either previewing or recapping Alabama's A-Day game, and getting you ready for TideFans.com's annual summer team previews prior to college football heading into fall camps. Things are different in 2020, though. Much different. They are different in Tuscaloosa, in Auburn, in Fayetteville, in Lexington – and very different in places like New York City and Seattle.