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5 Bold Predictions for Alabama Football in 2014

Alabama Football 2014: 5 Bold Predictions

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have the talent to make the first college football playoff. In no way will that be easy, though. Life in the SEC is never easy. With the 2014-15 college football season just around the corner, let’s take a look at five bold predictions for Alabama.

5. T.J. Yeldon Will Carry the Offensive Load

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5. T.J. Yeldon Will Carry the Offensive Load

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T.J. Yeldon is coming off of a season where he ran for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide usually have a great backfield and 2014 won’t be any different. However, Yeldon's play will be very important to the offense, and he will be in the running for the Heisman.

4. QB Jacob Coker Will Struggle

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4. QB Jacob Coker Will Struggle

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Jacob Coker doesn’t have that much experience. That is not good news for him. Alabama plays in the SEC, which means it will be playing in some of the toughest environments all season long. Throwing an inexperienced QB into those places isn’t ideal, but it is unavoidable since A.J. McCarron is no longer on the team. This is basically the same case if Blake Sims starts over Coker, as he doesn't have the most QB playing experience either.

3. Alabama Will Lose One Questionable Road Game

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3. Alabama Will Lose One Questionable Road Game

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are expected to win every game this year. Nick Saban has built them into THE powerhouse in college football. Well, slipping up on the road could easily happen. It could come against an up-and-coming Ole Miss team, or perhaps to the LSU Tigers, which wouldn’t be that questionable.

2. Crimson Tide Will Still Win the West

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2. Crimson Tide Will Still Win the West

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Even if the Crimson Tide do slip up at some point, they will still go on to win the SEC West. Teams like Auburn and LSU are more than capable of achieving that feat, but a victory against Auburn to close out the regular season could seal the deal for Nick Saban’s team.

1. Alabama Won’t Win the National Championship

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1. Alabama Won’t Win the National Championship

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There are a lot of good teams out there. Alabama will more than likely have a dominant D, but everything else has to come together if this team plans on winning the SEC, let alone making the playoff. Losing to Oklahoma last season brought the Tide back down to earth. They are beatable.