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Breaking Down the 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Schedule

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Breaking Down the 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are the clear-cut favorite to win the national title in 2013 and could easily become one of the best teams in the history of college football when it’s all said and done. Nick Saban has made this team a national power year after year and there is no end in sight. He has taken control of the college football world and there is seemingly no stopping the head coach.

AJ McCarron is the lead returning quarterback and will be there to lead this team to a possible third straight national title – an unprecedented feat.

Losing some key pieces on the offensive line will be tough to overcome, but there are sure to be adequate replacements for Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack. Running back Eddie Lacy has also left for the NFL and will put the Crimson Tide in a position to name T.J. Yeldon the primary back. Yeldon backed up Lacy in 2012 and the two split time. Yeldon racked up 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns on 175 carries, making sure that Alabama will have an experienced rusher in their backfield that could end up being one of the best in the nation.

While Yeldon was the most talented freshman on the offense in 2012, fellow freshman and wide out Amari Cooper had to be a close second. He caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns, becoming McCarron’s favorite target.

While the Crimson Tide have one of the best offenses in the country, they also have the best defense in the nation. They led college football in scoring defense and made the rest of the country look silly.

Let’s see how this talented team stacks up against the competition in 2013.

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Aug. 31: Virginia Tech

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A nice early-season test for Alabama will be Virginia Tech. The Hokies have nine returning defensive starters and six on offense, including quarterback Logan Thomas. However, the defense of the Tide will just be too much.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 14, Alabama 34

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Sept. 14: at Texas A&M

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In Alabama's most important rematch of 2013, the Crimson Tide will be facing off against Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman marched into Alabama and stole a win from the Tide in 2012. It's time for AJ McCarron to do the same this season.

PREDICTION: Alabama 31, TAMU 27

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Sept. 21: Colorado State

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Colorado State is returning a ton of key offensive weapons, but the defense isn't so lucky. This game could get pretty ugly.

PREDICTION: Colorado State 3, Alabama 48

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Sept. 28: Ole Miss

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Ole Miss and head coach Hugh Freeze have been turning some heads in the recruiting game. However, those recruits, outside of Robert Nkemdiche, will need some time to develop before this team can be an SEC power.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss 20, Alabama 37

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Oct. 5: Georgia State

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This game will be quite a laugher. Georgia State is one of the worst teams in the nation and its 1-10 record from 2012 is a big reason as to why.

PREDICTION: Georgia State 0, Alabama 63

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Oct. 12: at Kentucky

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In their second straight cupcake game, the Crimson Tide will likely roll over the Kentucky Wildcats in what looks to be a tumultuous first season for new head coach, Mark Stoops.

PREDICTION: Alabama 52, Kentucky 3

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Oct. 19: Arkansas

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AJ McCarron will continue his Heisman campaign beating up on the Razorbacks who are returning just four starters on offense. Yeah, this offense could be in for a nightmare game if they don't figure some things out before traveling to Alabama.

PREDICTION: Arkansas 7, Alabama 38

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Oct. 26: Tennessee

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Tennessee and Butch Jones have the unpleasant task of facing a 7-0 Alabama team looking to beat up any team in its way. Alabama will play the role of bully once again as the Tennessee Volunteers will be without their talented quarterback, Tyler Bray, from 2012.

PREDICTION: Tennessee 10, Alabama 34

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Nov. 9: LSU

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This could be the Crimson Tide's first real test since week two against Texas A&M. The LSU Tigers will come to town looking to avenge their tough losses from 2011 that kept them from an SEC title. This will be a bit of a defensive battle as the Tigers have a mediocre offense under quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

PREDICTION: LSU 17, Alabama 21

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Nov. 16: Mississippi State

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Tyler Russell is returning as Mississippi State's starting quarterback, but that just won't be enough for the Crimson Tide who keep on rolling.

PREDICTION: Mississippi State 21, Alabama 34

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Nov. 23: Chattanooga

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Put yet another easy one in the win column as the Crimson Tide put a beat-down on Chattanooga.

PREDICTION: Chattanooga 3, Alabama 42

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Nov. 30: at Auburn

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One big rivalry stands in the way of Alabama's perfect season. Good thing for the Crimson Tide is that the Tigers aren't the threat they were a few years back and are in a rebuilding year under their new head coach. The Tide become one of two teams in the SEC to finish the 2013 season undefeated.

PREDICTION: Alabama 31, Auburn 14

Alabama finishes 12-0 and makes yet another SEC title game appearance. A national title is highly likely in 2013, making it an unprecedented three in a row.