Poll: Who Will Alabama Struggle With The Most In 2012?

Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) drops back to pass during the first half of the 2012 BCS National Championship game against the LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

 

Well, it’s over. The season came and went with a flash, bowl season flew by like lightning, the dust has settled on the crystal trophy, the Super Bowl is over and there is still over two months before the A-Day game. I guess there is nothing to talk about.

Not true. There are early polls out. Many people have USC ranked at No. 1. Alabama lost a lot of seniors and the outlook for a consecutive national championship game, while not out of the realm of possibility, isn’t as hopeful as last year.

I’m hoping the Tide rolls by Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Western Carolina with no problems. Even though we are losing critical players, there is no indication that we should lose to any of the small schools, the schools in Mississippi or the new guys. If we were to lose one of those games, obviously, we would need to reevaluate the fundamentals. Stranger things have happened though, I have seen many games that I was stunned to lose (Louisiana Tech, 1999).

The first game versus Michigan wouldn’t be my first choice for biggest challenge. I don’t think it’s a sure thing, but Alabama is pretty strong on neutral sites and there doesn’t appear to be a major change big enough on either team to impact it one way or another.

Auburn shouldn’t be a problem either. The only reason they didn’t come immediately off of my list is because the Iron Bowl can be unpredictable, but their program is as weak as ever and we get them in Bryant-Denny.

The biggest challenge for Alabama in 2012 will be – as it was last year – between LSU and Arkansas.

LSU will be looking for revenge. They are going to be biting mad at us for taking their swagger, balling it up and throwing it down in the streets of New Orleans along with bits of left over Lucky Dogs and spilled Hand Grenades. There is nothing scarier than an angry Cajun and we’ll be playing in Baton Rouge.

Also, we shouldn’t lose to Arkansas, but they scare me in terms of being a sleeper team.  We play them in Arkansas after a joke game against the raging Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky and as we all know, the Arkansas Razorbacks are not a team to forget.

Looking at the schedule again, I don’t see a good reason to lose any of our regular season games but it’s hard to determine until we see what kind of team Bama will be.

Who will be Alabama's toughest challenge in 2012?

  • Other (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Auburn (2%, 2 Votes)
  • LSU (73%, 89 Votes)
  • Tennessee (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Arkansas (14%, 17 Votes)
  • Michigan (7%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    The toughest challenge has to be the game against LSU, but I still see a 12-0 season for you guys. ‘Bama is in a terrific situation heading into the season, and the only two teams who can threaten the Crimson Tide are, as you said, the Tigers and Razorbacks.

    http://www.autzenzoo.com, a Ducks FanSided blog

  • TideinOklahoma

    I voted aubarn but I really don’t know why.

    • http://bamahammer.com/ TonyOrlando

      @TideinOklahoma I think you probably worry about the general lock they’ve had on Bryant-Denny stadium. But this ain’t the Tigers of old, and Mike Shula ain’t walking through that door.

  • kensing45

    Gotta go with LSU, playing in Baton Rouge with many of the same players returning. I can see Arkansas, maybe, but I’m not enamored with the Hogs’ defense.

    • http://bamahammer.com/ TonyOrlando

      @kensing45 You’re right not to be enamored; Petrino is not what we call a defensive guru.

      • kensing45

        @TonyOrlando Haha, no. No, not at all. Although I will say, they game planned well for K-State but otherwise…meh.

  • Sam Scott

    Completely biased, but I picked Tennessee. Sure, it’s a long shot. But in 2009, the eventual National Champion Crimson Tide were a bad kicker and one fat guy away from losing to a 7-6 Tennessee team.

    • HeatherMWyatt

      @Sam Scott Remember when Tennessee relied on “one fat guy?” :)

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