1. ALABAMA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Bama isn’t the absolute slam dunk you might think it is.
Okay, it is, but only if everyone stays healthy.
Okay, that’s not quite true, either, but there are enough landmines over the second half of the season to potentially lose two games in a regular season for the first time since 2010.
But that’s not going to happen.
Losing QB Tua Tagovailoa would be devastating, but Mac Jones has been groomed to run the attack – and rememberer, Jake Coker won a national title for Nick Saban. Even if the main man is out for any stretch, the amazing running backs will handle more of the work, and the ridiculously good receiving corps will help make anyone throwing it look like Aaron Rodgers.
There are concerns, though.
The lines are going to be great, but the experienced depth is lacking. There’s talent, but this isn’t one of Saban’s more experienced teams.
The kicking game is a question mark, the secondary – even with all of its NFL-level skill – got picked clean by the future pro quarterbacks on the slate late in the season, and maybe, just maybe, there’s a wee bit of a hangover effect from the Clemson disaster. Even so …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 11
There will be a misfire when someone has the right formula in the shootout. The trick, though, is for Bama to lose twice, and this team is more than capable of handling the challenges.
Even so, with road games at Auburn, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Mississippi State, and on-the-wrong-day-uh-oh home games against Tennessee, Ole Miss, and certainly LSU, this isn’t going to be easy.
Okay, so that’s not even true. It’ll be more of the same, Bama will go 11-1 and get to the SEC Championship.