Alabama Football: 5 Must-Watch Games In 2014

By Bryan Zarpentine

Alabama Football: 5 Must-Watch Games In 2014

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With back-to-back losses to close out the 2013 college football season, Nick Saban should have the Alabama Crimson Tide football team ready to bounce back in 2014 in search of their third national championship in four seasons. In the SEC, there is no shortage of marquee games, especially those involving Alabama, but here is a look at the Crimson Tide's top five must-watch games for 2014.

5. August 30 vs. West Virginia (Atlanta)

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5. August 30 vs. West Virginia (Atlanta)

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The first week of the season is always a must-watch game, especially when the game is between two BCS conference teams on neutral ground. Such a high-profile game in Week 1 is nothing new to the Crimson Tide, who have blown out Michigan and Virginia Tech in a similar setting in each of the past two seasons. With the Mountaineers reeling after a poor 2013, this could be a great chance for Alabama to blow them out and make an early statement.

4. October 25 at Tennessee

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4. October 25 at Tennessee

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Alabama has owned this rivalry for quite some time, and many of the games in recent years haven't been close, but it's still a game that the SEC looks forward to every year. If Tennessee really is a much improved team in 2014, this could be a much more competitive game than the last few in this series, especially with the Tide traveling to Knoxville.

3. October 4 at Ole Miss

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3. October 4 at Ole Miss

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This will be Alabama's first road game of the season, and it's bound to be a tough one against Ole Miss, a team that has assembled a great deal of talent under Hugh Freeze. The Rebels will come out fired up and hoping to make a statement against Alabama, and the Crimson Tide better be ready to match that intensity or risk an early-season loss.

2. November 8 at LSU

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2. November 8 at LSU

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Some of the luster in this rivalry has worn off, but it's still one of the best in the SEC West, and there will be a great deal of hype leading up to it. The Tide won in their last trip to Tiger Stadium, and the folks in Baton Rouge will be looking for redemption. Even if both teams aren't sitting atop the SEC West, this game is still must-see TV as these two teams don't like each other at all.

1. November 29 vs. Auburn

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1. November 29 vs. Auburn

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It's not as if this rivalry could get any bigger in the state of Alabama, but this Iron Bowl may be the most hyped game ever after the way last year's game ended. But rivalry aside, both teams are expected to be national contenders this season, and both could enter this game very much alive for a spot in the four-team playoff. This could also be a play-in game for the SEC Title Game, which will only add to the hype.

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