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Alabama Football 2014: Previewing the Crimson Tide’s Schedule

Alabama Football: Schedule Preview for 2014

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will have the tough task of trying to replace A.J. McCarron in the 2014-15 college football season. Luckily for the Crimson Tide, they have Nick Saban, who has been known to recruit a good player or two. No matter what the case, Alabama is expected to contend for a title once again. With the season just around the corner, let’s take a look at the team’s schedule for 2014.

Aug. 30: West Virginia (neutral field)

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Aug. 30: West Virginia (neutral field)

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West Virginia has a serious shot at pulling off the upset. Alabama will, of course, be playing with a new QB and the Mountaineers don’t have to play this game on the road. As usual, Alabama will have a solid running game, which could be the difference in this neutral field matchup.

Sept. 6: Florida Atlantic

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Sept. 6: Florida Atlantic

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This game has upset written all over it. Okay, that's not true. Florida Atlantic finished 6-6 last season. Plus, we are talking about the Crimson Tide here. After missing out on the championship game last season, you can bet that Nick Saban will have his guys more than ready for every single game. Hopefully.

Sept. 13: Southern Miss

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Sept. 13: Southern Miss

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Southern Miss won one game last season. It just so happened to be the last contest of the year. The Crimson Tide will probably be overlooking this game for the simple fact that it is against Southern Miss, and they open up SEC play the following week. Still, the Golden Eagles simply don’t have the talent to keep up with Saban’s squad.

Sept. 20: Florida

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Sept. 20: Florida

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The Florida Gators are coming off of an unheard of season. They not only finished with a 4-8 record, but they also missed out on a bowl. Florida dealt with some injuries last year, which included an injury to QB Jeff Driskel, so it should be better if everyone can stay healthy. Still, the Tide are the much better team. Plus, this game will be played at home for them.

Oct. 4: @Ole Miss

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Oct. 4: @Ole Miss

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If Alabama is not careful, it could easily lose this game. Sure, it managed to knock off Ole Miss by the score of 25-0 last season, but the Rebels are on the rise, and this game is played on the road for the Crimson Tide.

Oct. 11: @Arkansas

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Oct. 11: @Arkansas

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No game in the SEC is easy, but Arkansas has definitely seen better days. Alabama beat the Razorbacks 52-0 last season and a similar outcome could be in store in 2014. Arkansas didn’t beat a single SEC opponent last year. Ouch.

Oct. 18: Texas A&M

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Oct. 18: Texas A&M

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Texas A&M could take a step back in the 2014-15 season. For one, Johnny Football is now playing in the NFL. For two, Johnny Football is now playing in the NFL. He was a big reason for the team’s success the last couple of years. Even with him, along with other key pieces who are no longer on the team, the Aggies lost to Alabama at home last year.

Oct. 25: @Tennessee

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Oct. 25: @Tennessee

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Hopefully head coach Butch Jones is able to turn around the Tennessee program, but another off year could be in store. The Volunteers do have one key thing going for them, though. This contest will be played at home for them.

Nov. 8: @LSU

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Nov. 8: @LSU

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LSU seems to always post a 10-win season or better. That is probably why Les Miles is considered one of the best coaches in college football. This Tigers team has a lot of question marks, though, so if they were ever going to have an actual down year, this would be the year.

Nov. 15: Mississippi State

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Nov. 15: Mississippi State

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Believe it or not, Mississippi State could be one of the best teams in the SEC in 2014. That is if everything goes right, which you could make the same case with other teams. Regardless, head coach Dan Mullen has done some good at this program. In terms of taking on the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs will have to play on the road.

Nov. 22: Western Carolina

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Nov. 22: Western Carolina

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After some brutal matchups in the SEC, Alabama gets a break against Western Carolina. The Crimson Tide should have no problem winning this game by a few TDs. They could be undefeated up until this point, and the Iron Bowl will likely be on their minds.

Nov. 29: Auburn

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Nov. 29: Auburn

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Alabama and Auburn put on one heck of a show last season. This contest will likely have a lot at stake, like who makes the SEC championship game and possibly who makes it to the playoffs. You know, boring things like that. It should be another great matchup to say the least.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.