IN a few short days #1 Alabama will square off against the #3 ranked Florida State Seminoles. We aren’t accustomed to these blockbuster matchups so early in the college football season and many believe that these two teams will be the ones to beat in the upcoming season. In fact, lots of analysts and fans think that FSU stands the best chance of dethroning Alabama for the coveted No. 1 ranking in college football. As the only school to qualify for playoff contention in three straight seasons, can a win from FSU start see the Crimson tide miss out for the first time?
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ALABAMA will be playing their first game since suffering a final second loss in the National Championship game to Clemson a season ago. Somewhat of a mass exodus followed with 10 players from the 2016 Crimson Tide squad finding an NFL home (including four 1st rounders).
10 exits though were softened by 10 new commits entering the program with their top recruit a new target for QB Jalen Hurts to target. Hurts and his superstar partner in the backfield Bo Scarbrough are enough to single handedly win games along with a pair of monsters on their defensive line (Da’Ron Payne and Da’Shawn Hand) helping them to remain a defensive force. However, there are other issues on their defensive line, with the front seven as a whole not as strong as a season before and the offensive line drawing just as many question marks. Depth is another uncertainty surrounding Alabama as Nick Saban’s 2017 squad seems to be one of his weakest in recent times.
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THE juggernaut outfits that have given the NCAA fits in recent times aren’t as intimidating as before. Florida State isn’t the only threat to the Crimson Tide though with matches against current top 15 squads LSU (#13) and Auburn (#12) on the horizon. Having finished inside the top four for the past three seasons a drop off is inevitable at some point from Alabama and this year may very well be the season when that occurs. Don’t be surprised if we see them challenge other top schools like Ohio State, Clemson and USC again for the National Title again though as Alabama has shown us over the past 36 months they are a force to be reckoned with.
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