Alabama Football: 3 reasons the Tide will win the SEC

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Alabama football will be heavily favored in 2021

Alabama football went undefeated for the first time since 2009, and they hope to make another run this season. They’ll have to overcome inexperience on offense to do so, but the Crimson Tide still have a loaded roster with depth at key positions. 

Alabama will be the favorites in the SEC, but here’s why they should win the conference once again.

3. Alabama has the deepest defense in the conference

It’s not good enough to have a dominant defense in the SEC. You have to have a defense deep enough to withstand an entire SEC schedule. Thankfully, that is the case for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama will rotate plenty of defensive linemen this year. Henry To’o To’o will start alongside Christian Harris, leaving Jaylen Moody as a reserve linebacker. The Tide only lost one starter in the secondary, and they brought in more talent from the recruiting class. Alabama will have the talent necessary to win the SEC, but the depth will matter once we approach November.

2. Minimal competition in the SEC West

More often than not, Alabama football heads into the season as the favorite in their division. This year, they will see less competition than usual. Auburn is in the middle of rebuilding with a new head coach. LSU is still trying to get back to their winning ways after a disappointing 2020 season. Both schools in Mississippi will struggle, and Arkansas has a low ceiling.

The only team with a genuine shot of beating the Tide in the SEC West is Texas A&M, and that’s because of their veteran defense. Still, they have questions marks with the offensive line and quarterback.

Alabama has to play at Florida, but they will make it to the SEC Championship as long as they go undefeated in the division.

1. The offense will still dominate

It’s unfair to expect the Crimson Tide to reach the same heights as they did last season. After all, they’re losing three of the top five Heisman finalists in one offseason. Still, they have John Metchie at receiver. There are plenty of great running backs, and the offensive line will remain stacked due to an elite recruiting class.

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It will all come down to Bryce Young, but he seems ready to take over for the Crimson Tide. If he lives up to the hype, Alabama will have no problem winning the SEC for the second straight year.