Alabama Crimson Tide Football Season Preview History
2014 Alabama Football Preview:
Only in Alabama is an 11-win season a failure, but that’s what Nick Saban was saddled with after the 2013 season. The Tide lost the biggest, most exciting game of the season to Auburn, then got routed in the Sugar Bowl by Oklahoma. Alabama was still one of the best teams in the country, but you won’t find a Tide fan that was happy with last season. Luckily for them, Saban and Bama have no intentions of losing two games this time around. Even without AJ McCarron, the Tide will be one of the favorites to win the conference and the national title once again. Alabama will return RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Amari Cooper and will be starting Jacob Coker at QB. They also have a slew of freshman that were big-time recruits that could have a big impact this season. Alabama will kick off the season with a game against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome, and then will start SEC play on Sept. 20 against the Florida Gators. They’ll play the Texas A&M Aggies at home on Oct. 18, then two weeks later Bama travels to the Bayou to face off against LSU. The Iron Bowl will be one of the most anticipated games of the season once again, and it’s set for Nov. 29.
2011 Alabama Football Preview:
It has been a trying time for the Tide and its fans this offseason. After a massive tornado hit Tuscaloosa, head coach Nick Saban and the team focused on life more than football, helping the community that has supported them. Now it’s time for football, and bringing no less than an SEC title back to cheer the fans up.
The first order of business will be to see which non-crimson redshirt will win the starting quarterback job—redshirt sophomore AJ McCarron or redshirt freshman Phillip Sims. After that, the Tide are in good shape, especially at back where junior Trent Richardson looks to fill in for the new New Orleans Saint, Mark Ingram. The fact Richardson and Ingram shared rushing duties last season give the junior the reps and rep to be seriously considered a Heisman hopeful in 2011.
The defense should have another strong outing as a top tier unit not only in the SEC, but the nation. Specifically, the linebacking corps will be especially iron clad thanks to two retuning seniors Courtney Upshaw (6-2, 265) and Dont'a Hightower, who could have easily bolted to the NFL. Another senior that could have went pro is safety Mark Barron, who led the team in tackles in 2010. If they can overcome injuries on the front line, then Tuscaloosa could be partying late in the 2011 Bowl season.
2010 Alabama Football Preview:
Since there is such a rich history at Alabama, expectations in Tuscaloosa are always high. Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide will be expected to do even more this year, as they are coming off the team's first national championship since 1992.
Much of the offense that completed an undefeated season in 2009 is back this year, including reigning Heisman Trophy winner junior running back Mark Ingram. The team's top receiver, junior Julio Jones, will also be returning along with senior quarterback Greg McElroy. All of the key pieces of last year's championship team are back, but there are question marks on the offensive line as Alabama will be starting two freshmen up front.
Although the offense returns a wealth of talent, it was the defense that got it done for the Crimson Tide last year. The squad ranked first in the SEC in scoring, rushing and total defense. Many of the starters on defense graduated, with only junior safety Mark Barron remaining. While the replacement players are talented, they are untested.
One of the toughest things to do in all of sports is to be a repeat champion, but Alabama has the personnel to do so. The only thing stopping them is a rigorous SEC schedule and a difficult home game against Penn State the second week of the season.
2009 Alabama Football Preview:
Head Coach: Nick Saban
The Crimson Tide faithful have to be thrilled heading into the 2009 Alabama football season. Sure they lose a few key players off their magical 2008 squad, but Head Coach Nick Saban has talent coming to Tuscaloosa in droves. In-fact, perhaps the only thing that has rivaled Alabama's success on the field is the success that Saban has had on the recruiting trail. The Tides 2009 recruiting class was ranked by some publications as the #1 class in the country. And some of those freshman are going to be ready to step in and contribute just like wide receiver Julie Jones did in 2008. The only thing Saban needs to do in 2009 is to finish the season on a winning note, if he does that then Alabama faithful could Roll Tide into a couple of championships.
2008 Alabama Football Preview:
With 12 national championships, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team is perhaps the most celebrated program in college football history. Coached by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant for 25 years, the Alabama Crimson Tide is rich with history and tradition and is always a fierce competitor in the SEC Conference and a BCS Bowl contender. Coach Nick Saban hopes lead the team to another national title in the coming years. Watching the Alabama Crimson Tide at a home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium is a college football experience you don’t want to miss.
On Monday, July 14, the University of Alabama sold 8,400 publicly announced tickets to six home games in less than one hour. We still have tickets for all Crimson Tide home games, of course, but based on these numbers you can bet that the Crimson Tide fans are not going to miss an incredible season. Regardless that senior linebacker Zeke Knight is medically disqualified for the season, Alabama hopes to pack record crowds into Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2008.
Head Coach Nick Saban is looking forward to his second season with the Tide. Although the team improved their 2006 record in 2007 and won their bowl game match-up, (7-6), Saban is looking for more wins in 2008 and another bowl game berth. Alabama will see 17 returning starters this season, so look out for a strong line-up. Make sure to catch Alabama vs. Auburn this year, as the Tide tries to break a six year losing streak with their historic rivals.