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Louisville Preview: Cardinals in transition as Alabama begins title defense

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Louisville Preview: Cardinals in transition as Alabama begins title defense

If Louisville gets hot offensively, it’s not completely impossible that this game would turn into a shootout. But if Alabama can slow the Cardinal offense at all, a defense that was already bad and then lost nine starters to graduation would seem to have little chance of stopping what figures to be the most explosive Alabama offense perhaps in all of school history.

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Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Louisville

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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. Seniors are in black, juniors previously on the team are in green, junior college transfers in their junior year are in purple, junior college transfers in their sophomore year are in […]

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 1

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SEC Preview and Predictions: Week 1

Week 1 offers an interesting slate of games for the most part, and Alabama might not have the most interesting matchup of all. That honor goes to Auburn, whose game against Washington could end one school’s championship hopes before they even get off the ground.

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Previews 2018: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M

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Previews 2018: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M

Offensively, this Ole Miss preview reads almost exactly like the one of last year’s team; A lot is being put on Joe Moorhead’s shoulders in his first year as head coach of the MSU Bulldogs; The hiring of Jimbo Fisher as head coach has almost gone unnoticed with all the attention on the good (Alabama, Nick Saban) and the bad (LSU, Ed Orgeron) in the SEC West at the moment.

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Previews 2018: Arkansas, Auburn and LSU

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Previews 2018: Arkansas, Auburn and LSU

This isn’t Bret Bielema’s Arkansas anymore, and for a couple of years at least, it’s not going to be fun to be Chad Morris; The SEC’s most momentum-driven team gets a chance to boost its championship hopes early with an opener against Washington; Most observers think there’s a chance the wheels come totally off the Ed Orgeron circus this year; TideFans is outright calling it to happen.

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Previews 2018: Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt

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Previews 2018: Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt

Drew Lock’s breakout season at quarterback has triggered some hardcore dreaming among Missouri fans; In a transitional SEC East, the Gamecocks look like runner-up contenders simply because their fundamentals are better than those of most competitors; It’s a new day in Knoxville as Jeremy Pruitt takes over as head coach, and if he’s anywhere near the emerging talent many believe him to be, the Vols just got better no matter how many players they lose from last year’s squad; Unfortunately for the Commodores, the method of success in Nashville is typically to schedule a competitive team every four years, when a strong defense moves up en masse from the junior class.

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Previews 2018: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

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Previews 2018: Florida, Georgia and Kentucky

Jim McElwain just couldn’t hang on, and the Gators finally moved on from him to Dan Mullen; Most were expecting an improvement in Kirby Smart’s second season; not so many were expecting Georgia to be a blown coverage away from a national championship; If ever an upcoming season felt like a season of change, Kentucky’s 2018 year is beginning to take on that characteristic.

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2018 Previews: Rating the Units

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2018 Previews: Rating the Units

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 degree of subjective judgment, TideFans.com continues to do its best to add some hard numbers to the mix.

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Previews 2018: Preseason Top 25/SEC Standings

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Previews 2018: Preseason Top 25/SEC Standings

2018 SEC Predictions & NCAA Predictions

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Previews 2018: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Previews 2018: Alabama Crimson Tide

The 2018 team needs to completely rebuild the back seven of the defense, but it’s a testament to Saban’s recruiting that despite having just two starters returning among the linebackers and defensive backs, every unit rates as “Very Good” with the potential to be much more than that. Offensively, Alabama must decide who it is and who it wants to be, as not only is there a full-blown quarterback controversy afoot, but also a significant change in offensive coordinator leadership.

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