Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban runs off the field after his team lost the Sugar Bowl, 45-31, to the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

2014 SEC West Prediciton: 1st Place Alabama

March is finally here, and spring practice for most schools is just around the corner. So why not go ahead and predict what each football team will do in 2014? It’s early obviously, and these predictions might change depending on any injuries, suspensions, or dismissals. Up next is 1st Place, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Yeah, I know it’s boring, but I just don’t see Nick Saban letting this team not play for a national title two years in a row. I really didn’t want to pick them, but when I started predicting games, I just didn’t see enough places for them to lose. Here is how I see their season playing out.

The Schedule

Alabama 2014 Schedule
Win Loss
Saturday West Virginia Mountaineers 1
Aug. 30 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Saturday Florida Atlantic Owls 2
Sept. 6 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday Southern Miss Golden Eagles 3
Sept. 13 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday Florida Gators 4
Sept. 20 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday Open Date
Sept. 27
Saturday at Ole Miss Rebels 1
Oct. 4 Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Saturday at Arkansas Razorbacks 5
Oct. 11 D.W.R. Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
Saturday Texas A&M Aggies 6
Oct. 18 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday at Tennessee Volunteers 7
Oct. 25 Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Saturday Open Date
Nov. 1
Saturday at LSU Tigers 8
Nov. 8 Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday Mississippi State Bulldogs 9
Nov. 15 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday Western Carolina Catamounts 10
Nov. 22 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Saturday Auburn Tigers 11
Nov. 29 Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

 

The key to Alabama this year is most of their most difficult games will be played late, and I think the best time to get them will be early. That is the reason I think Ole Miss will beat them. The Rebels get the Tide early in their schedule, and they will still be trying to work out the kinks with a new quarterback, and that will be the little bit of an opening the Rebels will need to pull off the upset. After that, Saban turns into Darth Vader and the Tide steam rolls the rest of their opponents.

This is a year that the Tide might fall back to the pack though. If the West Virginia and Florida games don’t go as planned, the Tide might come crashing back down to Earth. I don’t see it happening, but it could. In the end, the Tide will roll their way into the first playoff for college football.

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