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Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 NCAA Football Gambling Odds & Predictions

2015 Football Previews – (SEC) – Crimson Tide

While the Alabama Crimson Tide were not able to break through and win a national title this past season, the team was once again right in the thick of the title hunt, winning the SEC and qualifying for the inaugural College Football Playoff, where they lost to the eventual national champions, Ohio State.

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Southeastern Conference 2015 College Football Preview – Alabama Crimson Tide
Head Coach: Nick Saban
2014 Record: 11-1
Alabama Odds to win the SEC: 9-5

However, Nick Saban has really raised the standards in Tuscaloosa, so no one will be celebrating an SEC title. Getting into the four-team playoff was nice, but not winning it will be what Tide fans will remember.

Alabama gave Ohio State a run for its money in a 42-35 shootout in what was the real national championship game after the Buckeyes rolled over Oregon. Even still, most Tide fans will tell you that was a happier ending to the season than 2013’s devastating loss in the Iron Bowl when Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a missed field goal the length of the field to knock off Alabama and crush the Tide’s title hopes.

Team Strengths

Because it’s Alabama, the strengths are plentiful. Junior running back Derrick Henry has a chance to be one of the top tailbacks in the country. With T.J. Yeldon gone, Henry will have the chance to replicate the success of predecessors Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram.


Junior defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson will be the anchor for what will be one of the best defenses in the nation, playing alongside returning standouts like linebacker Reggie Ragland and cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Team Weaknesses

The quarterback situation is a big question mark entering the season. Blake Sims stepped into that role a year ago, and his strong play put Alabama over the hump on more than one occasion. However, now, someone will need to step in and replicate that success without Heisman finalist Amari Cooper in the fold.

Jake Coker seems to be the leading candidate, and David Cornwell will push him. Quarterback play was key in last year’s College Football Playoff, with eventual No. 1 pick Jameis Winston leading Florida State, No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota leading Oregon, and Cardale Jones playing better than all of them for Ohio State.

Also, the secondary looks less talented than what we’ve come to expect from the Tide for the second year in a row. The team’s pass defense allowed 221 yards or more in each of its last five games, including 10 touchdowns. There’s some tightening up that needs to be done back there.

2015 Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction: 11-1

The season-opening date with Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas should provide some fireworks. It’s Paul Chryst’s first scheduled game as head coach of the Badgers since taking leaving Pitt to take that gig. Outside of that, the non-conference schedule is a cakewalk.

The Tide’s SEC opener comes against Ole Miss, and its sandwiched between a pair of easy non-conference games. That’s going to allow the Alabama coaching staff some time to put together a game plan with their sights set on building a margin against the only team to hand Alabama a loss during the regular season in 2014.

The road dates inside the conference don’t look overly difficult – that is, until the regular-season finale at Auburn. Outside of that, the toughest will be a trip to Georgia on Oct. 3, but Mark Richt just hasn’t figured out how to get over the hump against Alabama. Not having to make the trip to Death Valley is great news.

Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 Football Schedule

9/5 Wisconsin*
9/12 Middle Tennessee
9/19 Ole Miss
9/26 Louisiana-Monroe
10/3 at Georgia
10/10 Arkansas
10/17 at Texas A&M
10/24 Tennessee
11/7 LSU
11/14 at Mississippi State
11/21 Charleston Southern
11/28 at Auburn

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