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Alabama Football 2016 Season Predictions

All eyes seem to go to Crimson Tide at least once every football season. The 2016 predictions are here to show which games they are likely to win and whether they will make it all the way to the SEC championship, make the playoffs and ultimately, win the college football title.


The Coaching

The first thing to note is that Nick Saban, the head coach for Alabama, is going to be returning. This is pivotal to having a good season because he already knows how to interact with the team, the pressures of dealing with the Crimson Tide, and has seen how many of the other teams approach the game.

This is good for the team as a whole bleeding in 2016 season. If there was a coach change, it could potentially destroy everything that the team has been building towards.

The 2016 Season

There have been some teams that Alabama seem to do better again than others. Looking at the schedule, the games begin September 3. The game is at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, so it is not on home turf area is also against the USC Trojans, and this team is going in at the underdog. It gives Alabama a great opportunity to destroy them in their own stadium and set the team up for future victories, including against Western Kentucky and Ole Miss Rebels.

Later in the season, the pivotal game takes place November 12. This is against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. When Crimson Tide played them last year, it was a great win, leaving quite a spread on points. If Alabama can pull out a repeat performance during this game, which is also on home turf, it can set the team up to really push forward. If they can win this game, they are probably going to win the others, and this will allow them to skate into the SEC championship.

The SEC Championship

The SEC Championship is on December 3, and it is going to require a significant amount of focus in order to bring out the win. 2015 was a great season, and they were able to get it done in terms of being able to make it all the way to the championship. Ole Miss is likely going to be the only hiccup when it comes to getting to the SEC.

It’s a pretty safe bet to choose Alabama for the SEC West because they have proven themselves here before.

The Championship

The SEC West vs SEC East comes down to who is going to be on the SEC West. Even though Alabama has strong and looks like it’s going to be strong again this year, the team that they play again is going to make all the difference in the world.

Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee all have some great teams. Jimmy Boyd likes the Volunteers, butTennessee looks as though they still have to prove themselves a little bit more.  They haven’t really been a team to be reckoned with since 2004. The UF Gators have a strong team and if they end up as the SEC East team, it can be a problem in order for Alabama to clench the championship.

The only way Alabama can walk away with all of the glory, they have to be able to improve their defense. Much of this is going to rest on the coach’s ability to mold the new players to where they need to be. The Gators have one of the best defensive teams in college football right now, and that means that Crimson Tide has to be a little bit better.

Who Makes The SEC Championship Game

The 2016 SEC championship game will mark the 24th consecutive year for this annual college football event. The first two games were held in Birmingham, Alabama, but the Georgia Dome has hosted this contest since 1994. The University of Florida holds the record for winning the highest number of championships at seven. Schools that have yet to play in the yearly SEC title game include Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mississippi and Texas A&M.

In the Western division Alabama is anticipated to continue its winning performance under coach Nick Saban. Similarly, since 2013 LSU and Alabama share the statistic for allowing fewest yards on the ground. Moreover, for LSU, under coach Miles, its passing game is noted to be excellent..

Auburn is struggling to retain winning seasons. Its football squad have fewer wins against top 25 rated teams. Auburn’s last bowl bid was against Memphis that Auburn won. Auburn has a solid defensive line in players Davidson, Lawson, Adams and Williams. If the Auburn defensive line can exhibit strong consistency on field, and its offense take advantage of opportunities provided, the team could well be a post season contender.

Ole Miss has had some notable attrition in its roster in the recent past. However, it has a strong quarterback and defensive line.

The Eastern division team favors Tennessee, Georgia and Florida to be post season contenders. Under coach Butch Jones, the Volunteers have improved their win record by two games consecutively in the last two seasons. Meantime, the Florida Gators won the East division in 2015 under coach McElwain in his first season at that school. A solid quarterback and consistent kicking game are two noted issues for Florida from its recent past. Georgia has a new coach this year, Kirby Smart.

According to Athlon Sports, the University of Kentucky Wildcats have the longest running post season drought in the Southeastern conference. The team’s last bowl bid was in 2011 when they lost to Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Their coach, Mark Stoops, is hoping for the slump to break by the team recording six wins this coming season.

While Kentucky has an ongoing post season drought, Florida’s kicking team has been rated second to lowest in college football nationally, and LSU had the highest loss in yards due to penalties, these programs could improve and be post season contenders. Alabama in the West division and Tennessee in the East division, I feel will be the teams in strongest contention for the 2016 SEC title.

Nick Saban: A Great Football Coach

The entire culture of Alabama and football has indeed taken a turn. The changes have been creeping up slowly since Nick Saban had taken over as head coach at the University of Alabama. Alabama has showed off their 74-15 and SEC Championships along with three national championships. Alabama was once a powerhouse but they had fallen on hard times since the days of Bear Bryant. This has now changed. Alabama has now turned into a mass of greatness within two years. The following has contributed to this turn:

* taking the Crimson Tide to the SEC Championship in the second year
* revenge over the Gators and Tim Tebow with a win of 32-13 in the SEC Championship game
* the Tide and winning a few national championships

Nick Saban has taken over the reigns and turned the Alabama culture into greatness since 2007. The results of this takeover can speak for themselves. Nick Saban has a solid record and he has played a large role in the turning of the Alabama football culture. This is a turn for the better.

Spreading Like Wildfire
It is true that Nick Saban has exceeded expectations within Alabama football. He has shown that he can and will excel in every area of the game. He has accomplished great things and he has spread the Alabama name by his recruiting along with his superior skills and accomplishments. Success appears to be in the Alabama football crystal ball. The good name is being spread like wildfire. This is good news for the Alabama University.

Success for Alabama Players
The Alabama players who have been playing under Nick Saban appear to be rising to the top. Climbing the ladder of success. Excelling up to the next level is yet another outcome from this superior leadership. Since Saban has taken over, there have been 17 players who have been drafted in the first round. This is the first round of the NFL Draft. Success for the players has been ongoing since the year 2007. The players appear to be on a roll with Nick Saban in the lead.

Nick Saban is Worth it
It has been claimed that Nick Saban may be getting paid over 6 million dollars a year for his head coaching skills in Alabama. There are some who claim that Saban is overpaid. In my opinion, Nick Saban is worth it. The following items should be noted:
* 100 million dollars is brought into the university by the Alabama football team yearly
* the national championship in the year 2012, against Notre Dame, increased this program to 110 million dollars
Alabama is in the limelight since Nick Saban has been involved. He is indeed receiving a handsome wage. He has also given 100 percent to the Alabama football culture. Nick Saban is worth it.  His ability to recruit and coach is why they are predicted to be so good in 2016.

Bad News for the Rest of Them
The other SEC teams and their fans may expect some bad news heading their way. It appears that Nick Saban will not be stopping any time soon. Success and the Alabama football culture are in the headlines. This success is expected to continue. You can see it all for yourself when you watch the university of Alabama continue to exceed football expectations. Nick Saban is one great football coach who emits success in his football endeavers.

Could Alabama’s Backups Beat An Average Football Team?

Crimson Tide has been an unbeatable force for a while now, and much of this is attributed to the head coach, Nick Saban. He has netted more success than many other coaches throughout the 21st century – and the players have been responsible for winning a number of national championships. Over the last six years, Alabama has consistently ranked at the top of its class for the nation.  They will be on top again in 2016.

Here’s what’s really interesting. There is no star quarterback. They have a talented starting lineup, but the talent runs deep as well. In addition, the team seems to have no issue reloading another impressive defensive line for the following fall.

This means you have to ask the question – could Alabama’s backups actually beat an average football team?  We know the starters are good enough to make the SEC title game, but how about the players on the bench?

Our money is on YES and here’s why.

Alabama was hands down the best team in 2015. They were also the champion. These are two big points to consider and it’s important to realize that there is a difference. Sometimes the best team doesn’t win because things happen. That wasn’t the case with Crimson Tide for 2015. They were the winners through and through.

Bill Connelly with SB Nation and Brian Fremeau with Football Outsiders calculated that Alabama ranked the highest in FEI, S&P+ and F/+ rankings. Clemson was within a field goal of the scoring margin, but as for the others, they were heads above the competition.

When you look at what’s considered the “average” football team, this would be the Northern Illinois Huskies. They ranked number 66 out of 128 teams. They were as close to a perfect neutral as you could get. It makes more sense to use the Huskies as opposed to Boston College because there is a major imbalance with offense-defense and Georgia Tech makes a poor choice as well because they have a crazy offensive scheme.

So, there’s the Huskies as the average team. If they went up against the backups for Crimson Tide, who would win?

Well, it’s best to look at the recruiting rating for the backups. This includes Cooper Bateman as quarterback and Damien Harris as running back. Both have amazing recruiting ratings, and this is one of the best stats to look at.

There’s really no bad player when it comes to the backup players, and this is something that Nick Saban prides himself on. Everyone trains, everyone plays. By not having a star player, it allows everyone field experience and this means that the “backups” are groomed in the best possible way.

Now, when you look at recruiting ratings, the Alabama players are in the fours and fives. Northern Illinois’ players, however, are consistently rated two or three. For sure, this says that an NFL team would rather draft any of the backup players for Crimson Tide over any of the starters for the Huskies. That says a lot right there and if all of them were to get out on the field together, it’s almost a sure victory for the backup players of Alabama.

The backup players have backups, too. For example, if Bateman were put into the game as QB and he became injured, it’s easy to turn to Jalen Hurts, who is also a four star. Why him? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because he impersonated Deshaun Watson, a Clemson Heisman finalist during his first week on the Alabama campus.

The reality is that Alabama doesn’t lose, at least not to teams who are not in a Power 5 conference…and if they do, it’s certainly not often.

It just shows that Alabama is a powerhouse of players and will continue to be, at least while they have Nick Saban as the head coach.