Projected Depth Chart for Alabama vs. Louisville

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....
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) holds up an SEC logo after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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.
Jul 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher addresses the media and answers questions during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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.
Jul 19, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn talks to the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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.
Jul 18, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt addresses the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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.
Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart on the field before the 2018 CFP national championship college football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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.
Jul 18, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; An Alabama Crimson Tide helmet is shown on the main stage during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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.
ul 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart talks to the media during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Previews 2018: Preseason Top 25/SEC Standings

2018 SEC Predictions & NCAA Predictions
Aug 4, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quearterbacks Jalen Hurts (2) and Tua Tagovailoa (13) take snaps side by side as the Alabama Crimson Tide football team holds practice at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory credit: Mickey Welsh/Advertiser via USA TODAY NETWORK

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.
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.

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