SEC Football Preview: Alabama

Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Alabama will be looking to win their fourth consecutive SEC championship in the 2017 season.
Alabama’s offense was high-powered and a dominant spread attack for most of last season under then offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, and it worked well for the majority of the season.
Alabama’s offense struggled, however, in the semifinal game and somewhat in the national championship game against Washington and Clemson, respectively and a lot of that had to do with the downfield passing of freshman quarterback Jaylen Hurts.
Hurts was a great player for most of the season, and his ability to take off and scramble when things broke down was his calling card, but teams toward the end of the year wouldn’t let him escape the pocket and forced him to make plays with his arm, and that was their downfall at the end of the season.
Hurts, however, has improved his passing game over the summer and that will most certainly help the Crimson Tide this year as they look to win their fourth consecutive SEC championship and win their second national title in three seasons.
Alabama will always be predicated around running the football as long as Nick Saban is in town, and they’ll have a stable of running backs including Bo Scarbrough who will be able to carry the load for them.
Alabama’s defense will always be one of the best in the country under Nick Saban, and that won’t change going into the 2017 season.
The Crimson Tide struggled to contain Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the national title game, and their downfall over the years has been containing quarterbacks that can move inside and outside of the pocket.
The good news for Alabama’s defense in that regard is that they now face a quarterback in Hurts every single day at practice that moves like the quarterbacks they struggle with containing do, and that’ll be a large help for them over the next two-three years.
The Crimson Tide defense became elite and taking turnovers back for touchdowns last season, as their defensive backs are so athletic when they get the football in tehir hands it can be tough to bring them to the ground for offensive players playing out of position.
East Opponents
Tennessee-Alabama will be mighty familiar with the state of Tennessee as they’ll play three games against teams from there with two of them coming in conference. They’ll play their annual rivalry game against the Volunteers in Alabama. They will win by a lot of points.
Vanderbilt-Alabama will travel to Vanderbilt next season, and like what will happen against Tennessee, they’ll win by a lot of points.