2016 was nearly Nick Saban’s best team yet. In 2017, Bama no longer has a freshman QB.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Head coach: Nick Saban (119-19, 11th year)

2016 record and SP+ ranking: 14-1 (first)

Projected 2017 record and SP+ ranking: 11-1 (first)

Biggest strength: Do you think a Saban team might be able to take advantage of having the best running back corps in the country?

Biggest question mark: Quarterback Jalen Hurts could use a couple of deep threats, and he might have to look to a blue-chip freshman or two. Can they step up? And can Hurts hit them deep if they do?

Biggest 2017 game: The season-opener against FSU (Sept. 2) is the only game on the schedule in which the Tide have a win probability under 75 percent. Win that one, and the Tide might not have to break a sweat before November.

Summary: Alabama has questions to answer, but also also more answers anyone else in the country. Saban’s Tide dynasty has an excellent chance to continue in 2017.

“I just want you to know you’ve hired a horseshit football coach. But nobody will out-recruit me.” That is supposedly what Nick Saban told Alabama athletic director Mal Moore when he agreed to end a tumultuous Bama coaching search 10 years ago. After flirting with Saban and Steve Spurrier, Moore had all but landed Rich Rodriguez a few days earlier. When that

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/8/17/14514278/alabama-football-2017-preview-schedule-roster

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