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08/18/2015

BAGGO Top 5: #3 Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

TOD WILLIAMS – BAGGO, INC. – AUGUST 18TH, 2015


The Crimson Tide narrowly escaped in 5 of their 11 regular season wins in 2014. However their bid for the perfect season fell short as they allowed 13 unanswered points in Oxford, MS in their week 5, 23-17 loss to then #11 Ranked Ole Miss Rebels. The Tide fell from their #1 ranking, but were able to climb back & claim the #1 Playoff seed after finishing 12-1 including winning the SEC Championship game in blowout fashion over the Missouri Tigers. The Tide finished the season with a 42-35 loss to the #4 seeded & eventual National Champions, the Ohio State Buckeyes in the inaugural College Playoffs. Will the Tide Roll in 2015? With only 11 returning starters including only 4 on Offense, the tide could be in for a bumpy wave. The Quarterback spot will need to be addressed quickly, Alabama is thin at experience, but does not lack the talent. The Tide Defense will certainly be a strong point, a signature trademark for recent Alabama teams. Alabama has built a plug & play over the years that has allowed new comers to look like seasoned veterans, year in & year out. With yearly top ranked recruiting classes, it’s hard to not expect the Tide to pick up where they left off in 2014.  Alabama plays the Wisconsin Badgers to open the year in Arlington, Texas. This quality nonconference matchup will test the Tide early & will match similar styles of play. The remainder of their nonconference schedule is extremely favorable with the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe & Charleston Southern. However, there is always the gauntlet of the SEC West to overcome, a division of teams so talented, it should be considered its own playoff system. Alabama will have a chance to avenge their only 2014 loss on September 19th as they open SEC conference play, playing host to the Ole Miss Rebels. October gets a bit dicey as the Tide travels to Athens to face the Georgia Bulldogs, back home against the Arkansas Razorbacks, at College Station vs the Texas A&M Aggies & back home to finish out October, vs the Tennessee Vols. November picks up where October left off as the LSU Tigers comes to Tuscaloosa, then on to Starkville to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs, back home for a Senior Day snoozer against Charleston Southern & finishing off the season with the annual Iron Bowl at Auburn, Alabama against their rival - the Auburn Tigers. With 7 home games in T-Town, Alabama should cruise to a 4-0 start headed into October. IF Alabama can escape October unscathed, the Iron Bowl could prove to be another Top 5 matchup with heavy SEC Championship game & Playoff implications. The Tide is ready to Roll in 2015, have your tailgate ready with 30% off all Alabama Crimson Tide Baggo & Cornhole products, this week only at www.BAGGO.com !

 

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