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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban looks on as offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian stands in the background during warm ups prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive coordinator discussion/odds…

There have been a few names kicked around recently in articles on other sites and I wanted to give kind of a brief overview of those, what to expect if any of them were hired and what I think the odds would be if I was trying to handicap it.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian congratulates wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) after his fourth quarter touchdown against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Sarkisian hired by Atlanta Falcons

Short-time Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons to replace Kyle Shanahan, who became the San Francisco 49ers head coach on Monday.
Jan 24, 2017; Mobile, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is interviewed on the sidelines during South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

On paper, this is the best Alabama class ever

Sometimes, a headline says it all without the need for additional commentary: On paper, Alabama signed the highest-rated class since TideFans.com/NARCAS started tracking classes 20 years ago. The 2012 and 2015 classes both recorded average scores of 9.86, setting a bar few people thought even Nick Saban could break. But the 2017 class did just that, finishing with an average score of 9.9 (9.904, to be precise) among 25 prospects signed (TideFans.com/NARCAS does not rate specialists, so LS Thomas Fletcher was not included in the class score).
Jul 17, 2014; Hoover, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks to the media during the SEC football media days at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Rating the SEC recruiting classes

Alabama Analysis: For maybe the first time ever, the conference leader didn’t get “excellent” ratings in both Total Talent Level and Needs Filled. Alabama struck out in cornerback recruiting, a sin serious enough to draw a mention from Nick Saban himself in post-Signing Day press conferences.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during a post-game press conference after their loss to Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Post-mortem: Bama ended up mostly meeting expectations

Alabama mostly met expectations this year, in regards to what kind of team it put on the field. In respect to what it accomplished, Alabama probably exceeded expectations. TideFans.com projected Alabama to capture the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff (behind No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Oklahoma and ahead of No. 4 Clemson), but with a regular-season loss to LSU in the mix. When LSU overreacted to an early losses to Wisconsin and Auburn, though, and fired Les Miles, the chances of LSU beating Alabama mostly evaporated.
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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Alums ESPN host Rece Davis and Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney chat after Clemson defeats the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson wrap-up: Tide loses a heartbreaker on 2 controversial TDs

Alabama’s bid to win a second straight national championship fell short thanks to a combination of injuries, a lack of depth on its defensive line that finally came to a head and the struggles of a true freshman quarterback who seemed to run out of gas a bit down the season’s stretch.
Jan 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Workers put up signs at Raymond James Stadium where the College Football Championship will be played between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson preview: Tigers look for revenge, Tide looks for continuity

The same dynamic exists this year as last: Clemson will use a talented dual-threat quarterback to trigger an offense that has its roots in spread football and tinted by pro-set alterations, while Alabama will base from a multiple, pro-style attack that has been dabbling with the spread.

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Clemson

Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from...

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