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Alabama Crimson Tide 2023 Season Preview

Alabama Crimson Tide 2023 Season Preview & Record Prediction

2022 Record: 11-2 

The Alabama Crimson Tide experienced an uncharacteristic season in 2022, falling short in close games against SEC opponents such as the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers. Despite some ups and downs, they finished the year on a high note with a convincing 45-20 victory over Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl. As they gear up for the 2023 season, the Crimson Tide are determined to reclaim their dominance and contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Previewing the Alabama Offense

While still potent, the Alabama offense faced some challenges last season and will look to reestablish its trademark explosiveness. With quarterback Bryce Young now playing in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, the spotlight is on Jaylen Milroe, former five-star recruit Ty Simpson, and transfer talent from Notre Dame, Tyler Buchner, to vie for the starting quarterback position during fall camp. Each possesses unique skills and will compete fiercely to earn the coveted role as the primary signal-caller for the Crimson Tide.

The Crimson Tide boasts an impressive array of receiving talent, with Jermaine Burton and JaCorey Brooks returning to the fold. Moreover, Alabama has added explosive playmakers Isaiah Bond and Malik Benson from the JUCO ranks. Keep an eye on Maryland transfer CJ Dippre, a big-bodied pass catcher expected to thrive with increased opportunities. Whoever earns the starting quarterback role will have a wealth of talent on the perimeter to target, ensuring a formidable passing attack for the Crimson Tide.

While Jahmyr Gibbs has departed for the NFL, the ground game remains in capable hands with running backs Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams. Freshman Justice Hayes is one to watch, as his potential impact could add further depth and dynamism to Alabama’s rushing attack.

Previewing the Alabama Defense

The Alabama defense was formidable in 2022, but there were moments of vulnerability in crucial situations. Despite this, they finished the season with impressive rankings, placing 12th in the nation in total defense, ninth in scoring defense, and securing the top spot in pass efficiency defense within the SEC.

Replacing the loss of stout edge rusher Will Anderson Jr., now with the Houston Texans, is a significant challenge. However, future NFL prospects Dallas Turner and Chris Braswell possess the potential to form one of the best pass-rushing duos in the conference. In the secondary, Kool-Aid McKinstry’s exceptional pass-breaking skills make him stand out, alongside experienced transfer Trey Amos.

Defensive tackles Jaheim Oats and Jamil Burroughs will anchor the interior, while Tim Smith and Justin Eboigbe will add depth and skill to the defensive line rotation.

Important Games

Texas (September 9)

Ole Miss (September 23)

Texas A&M (October 7)

Tennessee (October 21)

LSU (November 4)

Projected Outlook

The Crimson Tide are projected to be strong contenders for the College Football Playoff in the 2023 season. Although some games on the schedule raise concern, the fact that they are played in Tuscaloosa gives Alabama a home-field advantage. The highly anticipated matchup against LSU this season could hold the key to their playoff fate.

New Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze, who has had success against Nick Saban in the past, inherits a roster needing upgrades, potentially favoring Alabama in their matchup. The rematch with Texas could be another challenging game, but with the advantage of playing at home, Alabama has a better chance of prevailing.

Overall, the Tide’s talent and determination should guide them to an undefeated record leading to their crucial matchup against LSU on November 4th. Despite one loss, they are well-positioned to compete for a coveted playoff berth this season. The Crimson Tide’s storied tradition and commitment to excellence under Nick Saban will undoubtedly fuel their quest for another national championship.

Predicted Record: 11-1 (Potential CFP Contender)

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