Bama Still Strong, but not Invincible

61 days until Thursday opening night in College Football when South Carolina tries to backup possibly the most successful season in school history against an emerging North Carolina squad. Can't wait for that one.  

The SEC rules. There is no argument at this point. So we start the season with the SEC one step up on the competition in gaining a berth in the final BCS Championship Game. While I believe each season is new and unique, the league has earned that place under this format. Barring a total collapse during the SEC non-conference slate   that won't change. 

Alabama loses its best corner, Dee Milliner, and its best run-stuffer, Jesse Williams. Very recent NFL Draft history tells us, though, that Nick Saban's program has recovered from even more impactful losses. Ha Ha Clinton Dix is an emerging star and is joined in the secondary by tons of talent such as Vinnie Sunseri, Cyrus Jones, Landon Collins and Geno Smith. CJ Moseley leads a talented linebacking core along with Adrian Hubbard. The biggest question mark for this team is the offensive front. The dominant 2012 group is minus two first round picks in Chance Warmack and DJ Fluker, and its leader Barrett Jones. The replacements are of blue chip quality, of course. The long list of nimble footed big bodies includes Ryan Kelly, Cyrus Kouandijo, Leon Brown and massive Brandon Hill. Offensive lines need time to jell though and Texas A&M is early on the schedule this year (yes, I'm dismissing Virginia Tech). AJ McCarron is the perfect quarterback to run this offense and leads the most impressive group of skilled players in the Saban era. Barring the blowout factor and the abundance of wealth in providing options for McCarron, TJ Yeldon and Amari Cooper should vie for All-America status and maybe a trip to New York City in December.