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An 11-2 season capped off with a 35-16 New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl win over Michigan would be cause for celebration at almost any school in the country. But for the Alabama Crimson Tide the 2019 season goes down as a major disappointment. The Tide’s loss at home to the eventual national champion LSU Tigers proved to be fatal for their Southeastern Conference title aspirations. And a 48-45 loss in the Iron Bowl at the hated Auburn Tigers nuked any chance of an at-large berth to the College Football Playoff. Tua Tagovailoa has departed for NFL riches. Yet there is a sense that the Tide may roll even better without the dynamic but brittle quarterback in 2020.
2020 Alabama Crimson Tide at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +500
Alabama is one of the most public teams on the college football board and with plenty of good reason. Since 2009 they have won five national championships with two additional losses in the national championship game. Alabama has won 11 or more games every season but one since 2008. That one exception was a 10-win campaign. With a massive fan following and a great tradition that dates back to Rose Bowl appearances in the 1920’s, not to mention legendary Bear Bryant’s run from 1958 through 1982 the Crimson Tide is a powerful wagering brand.
2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, vs. USC Trojans (Arlington TX)
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Georgia State Panthers
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Georgia Bulldogs
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Kent State Golden Flashes
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, at Ole Miss Rebels
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, at Arkansas Razorbacks
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, Mississippi State Bulldogs
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at Tennessee Volunteers
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, at LSU Tigers
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, UT Martin Skyhawks
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, Texas A&M Aggies
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, Auburn Tigers
2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Regular Season Preview
Bear Bryant was once considered the greatest coach in college football history. The Bear won six national titles between 1961 and 1979 at Alabama. But current head coach Nick Saban rates even better in the eyes of historians with his five nattys between 2009 and 2017 in what is a much more competitive era than what Bryant faced. Saban has consistently put together recruiting classes that rate among the best in the country year after year.
Junior quarterback Mac Jones was thrust into 2019 action when Tagovailoa was injured. Jones had four starts and appeared in 12 games. He played effectively and led the Tide in their bowl win over Michigan. He is the projected starter, especially since COVID-19 shut down spring football. Five-star recruit Bryce Young is a freshman that was going to get a chance to compete for the job in the spring that was lost.
As usual Alabama will have plenty of weapons to choose from. Running back Najee Harris is a senior that is already in the top tier for Heisman Trophy consideration. Last year Harris ran for 1224 yards and 13 touchdowns. Many were surprised that he didn’t declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Wide receiver Devonta Smith is another senior that could have instead gone to The League. Smith caught 68 passes for 1256 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019 to earn all-SEC First Team honors.
The normally stout Alabama defense too a step back in 2019 due in large part to several key injuries. The unit is expected to roar back with a vengeance thanks to those great Saban recruiting classes.
In particular linebacker Dylan Moses is expected to dominate after missing all of last season. Another key player that is coming off an injury damaged season is nose tackle DJ Dale.
Last year LSU caught lightning in a bottle to enjoy a perfect dream season that will be impossible to repeat, especially after so many of the key players from that team are now in the NFL. Alabama should storm back as the champion of the SEC West which will put them in playoff position.
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