Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
It will be “ROLL TIDE ROLL” again in 2015 at the football-crazed Institute in the “HEART OF DIXIE”. Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban enters his ninth season with a 91-17 record. Nine starters return to from last season’s squad. The Crimson Tide went 12-2 overall in 2014, 7-1 in SEC action. Alabama lost of Ohio State 42-35 in the 2014-15 BCS Semi Finals. Alabama participates in the Southeastern Conference West Division. The Alabama coaching staff is hungry to get the 2015 season underway. Everyone associated with the football program is embracing the role of underdog. The Alabama Crimson Tide plays home games at the 101,800 seat Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Only two starters from last season are back on the Crimson Tide defense in 2015. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin set all kinds of records last season, but this year he will have nine new starters. Senior quarterback Jake Coker (403) passing yards last season, who is a Florida State transfer is set to be the starting quarterback. All-American wideout Amri Cooper has to be replaced. Look for Ardarius Stewart (149) receiving yards and Robert Foster to try to take the place of the first round draft choice. Tight End O.J. Howard (260) receiving yards in 2014 is productive in the pass and run game. The third-year starting center Ryan Howard will be the anchor of a good offensive line. Running Back Derrick Henry (990) yards rushing and Kenyon Drake will be featured in the running game. The Alabama Crimson Tide went 5-9 on Sports Handicappers Football Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total six times.
*The Alabama offense was 17th in the FBS in 2014, averaging 494.5 yards per game.
*The Crimson Tide was 3-4 Against The Point Spread at home last season.
*The Alabama Crimson Tide was 1-4 ATS on the road.
*The betting odds total was 4-3 at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
*The Tide went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The University of Alabama stayed under the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The Alabama passing game was 28th in the land, putting up 277.9 yards per contest through the air.
*The Crimson Tide scored 36.9 ppg, 15th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Alabama offense averaged 206.6 yards per game on the ground, 35th nationally.
The 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide defense has the potential to be the best in the Saban era. Seven starters return, but the concern is in the secondary. The front seven has the makings of the best in all of College Football. The defensive line has three studs, A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed and Jonathan Allen. Senior linebacker Reggie Ragland will be a Butkus, award finalist. A former cornerback, Eddie Jackson is moving to safety. Speedy Tony Brown will take his spot at the corner. Backup Marlon Humphries could be in line to become great.
*The Alabama defense gave up 328.4 yards per game last season, 12th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Crimson Tide pass defense was 58th in the FBS, giving up 226.0 yards per game through the air.
*The Alabama Crimson Tide allowed 18.4 ppg last season, 6th nationally.
*The Alabama run defense was 4th in College Football, allowing 103.4 yards per game on the ground.
*Alabama opens up the 2015 season out of conference at “AT&T STADIUM” in Dallas vs. Wisconsin.
*The Crimson Tide will have a chance at revenge in Tuscaloosa vs. “OLE MISS” this season.
Bovada lists the Alabama Crimson Tide at over/under nine and a half wins in 2015.
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