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Why Alabama Will Likely Be A Disappointing Bet This 2016 Season

Written by on July 5, 2016

The Alabama Crimson Tide may be the reigning national champions and they may be on of the top favorites to repeat this coming season, but there are also a handful of reasons why the Tide will likely be a disappointing college football betting pick in 2016. Now, let’s examine the top five reasons Nick Saban’s team could fall sort of their national championship goals.

Top 5 Reasons Why Alabama Will Likely Be A Disappointing College Football Pick This Season


1. Quarterback

Thanks to the graduation of Jake Coker, this spring will mark the third straight year that the Tide has a quarterback competition. Nick Saban will decide who gets the job betweenCooper Bateman, Blake Barnett, David Cornwell and Jalen Hurts, but the fact of the matter is that whoever starts under center will be learning on the job and that could spell doom for Alabama in 2016.

2. Running Back

For the first time in the Saban era, the Crimson Tide enter a new season without both of its top two rushers from the previous season. Young running backs Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris will duke it out for the starting job, but I think replacing Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry will be a lot tougher than most expect.

3. Linebacker

The loss of three seniors at two starters including stud middle linebacker Reggie Ragland could be a problem for Nick Saban’s defense in 2016. Alabama will look to senior Reuben Foster and youngster Tim Williams first and foremost to step up at the linebacker position, but I can’t see either filling the huge shoes that Ragland left.

4. Defensive Line

Alabama’s defensive line – and their jaw-dropping depth, were an absolute strength in 2015, but I’m not too sure the Tide can quickly overcome the loses of stud defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and star defensive end Jarran ReedEnd Da’Shawn Hand is a former five-star recruit but he’ll have t prove it on the field in 2016 and Saban could e hard-pressed to find the depth with this unit hat he had a year ago.

5. Bullseye On Their Backs

The Tide will undoubtedly have that proverbial bullseye on their collective backs in 2016 that every national champion carries into the following season. Alabama’s opponents will play just a little bit harder against the Tide than they do every other opponent on their respective schedules. While I can see the Tide reaching the double-digit mark this coming season, I also think it’s possible they could lose a trio of road dates against Mississippi, Tennessee at LSU.