The Alabama Crimson Tide has won 10 games or more in each of the last 12 seasons under head coach Nick Saban. During that stretch of time, Alabama has 6 SEC titles, has reached the College Football Playoff five times and has won the national championship five times. However, last season Alabama did not reach the CFP, lost to its archrival Auburn in the Iron Bowl and was not even invited to play in a bowl game on New Year's Day. Oddsmakers have Alabama with a 10.5 win total.
In 2019, Alabama was 11-2 and defeated Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Alabama must open the 2020 regular season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas against the USC Trojans. Alabama has won each of its last seven season openers on a neutral field. Alabama will have Mac Jones returning at quarterback as well as five-star recruit Bryce Young. Najee Harris will return at running back for his final season and is expected to be a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
Although Jones gained valuable experience when filling in last season for the injured Tua Tagovailoa, he will be pushed by Young who is expected to be a dual-threat under center for the Crimson Tide. While the Alabama running game will be its biggest asset on offense, the wide receiver corps has several big play receivers including Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. The offensive line will return four starters, which means offensively Alabama should be very strong.
Injuries decimated the Alabama defense in 2019. However, Labryan Ray and DJ Dale are both expected to be 100% healthy when the season kicks off in late August. The linebacker corps will be the strongest defensive unit led by Dylan Moses, who should return from a knee injury without any problems. The Crimson Tide secondary will be both young as well as inexperienced which means they might be burned for a few big plays in the early part of the season making the opening game against USC a big test.
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In this day and age of college football, it is difficult to fathom Alabama winning less than a double-digit number of games during the regular season and this year will be no exception. The Crimson Tide will not have the talent at quarterback as they did last season, but with Najee Harris returning at running back and a host of talented wide receivers combined with a very strong defensive unit, Alabama will finish the regular season with at least 11 victories. Final Prediction, Alabama OVER 10.5