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2018 Spring, Pre-season, Team, and Game previews and wrapups

Health crisis overshadows scheduled start of Alabama’s postseason run

Where to watch: No. 9 Alabama (16-15 - #60 KenPom rating) vs. No. 8 Tennessee (17-14 - #68) - Today noon Central, Bridgestone Arena...
Jan 20, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks to the crowd at the Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Oklahoma preview: Sooner or later, it all comes down to defense

Whether it's fair to either player or not, Alabama's playoff semifinal against Oklahoma is going to serve a second purpose: It will be a referendum on whether Heisman Trophy voters got it right when they picked Oklahoma's Kyler Murray over Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson wrap-up: How Bama recovers – or doesn’t – will determine much of program’s...

Whether you're an optimist (“We still have Nick Saban!”) or a pessimist (“This was the beginning of the end!”) about Alabama football probably hinges on how many total points you thought swung about on two poor decisions and throws from QB Tua Tagovailoa, and Alabama's response to it.

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Clemson

Disclaimer: This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded....

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Jan 1, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney greets Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban after the game in the 2018 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

This year, Alabama gets a Clemson team that is somewhere in between the last two versions. The question is how much like Clemson '17 can Alabama make Clemson '18 look.
Oct 20, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide majorettes stand during the National Anthem before a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Mississippi State

This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
Oct 13, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron reacts after a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Georgia 36-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU preview: Are Tigers that tough, or is the drama being invented?

Is this matchup for real? Is LSU capable of slowing Tagovailoa down? What is reality for the LSU offense – is it the 36 points scored against Georgia, or is it the 19 put up against Mississippi State and Florida? LSU's best output of the season – 45 points against defense-illiterate Ole Miss – ties for Alabama's second-lowest of the season, a win over Texas A&M that left some people wondering what was wrong with Bama football.
Oct 6, 2018; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) catches a pass for a touchdown in the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas wrap-up: Bama wins big, but leaves for home with lots to fix

One of the great challenges of watching the 2018 Alabama football team play is convincing people that when the offense, directed by Tua Tagovailoa, is capable of scoring points at will, there remain significant areas of concern that could affect Bama's march back to the college football title game.

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