It's a favorable schedule to be sure with 2 main games that stand out... but we are losing our two best/experienced DB's in Lester and Milliner. The rest of the secondary has been shaky as all get out this year plus two new guys will be thrown in.
Because of that I expect the A&M game is a definite loss unless for some reason Manziel can't take the field that day. The LSU game will be a toss-up like usual.
So I would say we are looking at 11-1 or 10-2. The good news is that the A&M loss would be VERY early and on the road so if it's a close loss it would be forgivable at the end of the year with no more than 1 Undefeated team out there.
I would certainly take 12-0 all day long....I just don't think you can prepare for or handle Johnny Football.....especially that early in the season with a YOUNG defense. He ad libs plays for 10-20 secs and you just can't maintain coverage for that long....The kid is crazy good.
I think we will always be good as long as Saban is here, but I worry about who we lose on defense next year and who we lose on the offensive line. Losing that much on both lines doesn't usually bode well in the SEC when it comes to making championship runs. The good thing is, though, that we never know until we play them on the field.
Wow, no UF, UGA or USC from the East. That will give TOBC something to scream about.
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Let those who don't want none have memories of not getting any. Let that not be their punishment, but their reward. Brother Dave Gardner
If I am not mistaken, the Ole Miss game is in Oxford and thus we will play our first three SEC games on the road. I do not ever recall that happening. Or was the Ole Miss game changed to make them come here 2 years in a row?
"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
Bye weeks before our 2 toughest opponents is great. This is a fairly good schedule although I wish Alabama would stop playing teams like Georgia State and UT Chattanooga. It doesn't do much for the team. Sure they give Alabama a break but it wouldn't hurt to schedule in a team like Duke, Iowa State, Kansas or any other FBS team.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - George Orwell
Compared to our losses from last year I think we lose far less on both offense and defense. I know we lose the three OL and Michael Williams but they have known for a long time that those guys will eventually be leaving I assume they will be able to deal with it.