What game will bring biggest challenge to Alabama in 2018?
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What game will bring biggest challenge to Alabama football in 2018?
Nick Saban won’t like me saying this, but there isn’t a single game on Alabama’s schedule that should scare the Crimson Tide or their fans.
The only game you can even make the case for Alabama not being at least a two-touchdown favorite is at LSU on Nov. 3. That’s only because the Tigers have played the Crimson Tide tough in Baton Rouge every year since 2008. Even then, though, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Alabama was a 10-point favorite or more.
Alabama opens the year against Louisville. With 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson off to the NFL, the Cardinals don’t have a prayer of beating Alabama in Orlando, Fla.
The rest of the nonconference schedule is truly garbage, so we won’t mention any of the teams.
Alabama plays at Ole Miss, at Arkansas and at Tennessee, but all of those teams are rebuilding so they don’t appear to be tough tests.
Alabama gets Texas A&M, Missouri, Mississippi State and Auburn all at home, which easily swings things in the Crimson Tide’s favor.
Alabama should be favored to win every game, and it probably would be a disappointment if it didn’t go 12-o in the regular season.
One more note: If you think the 2018 nonconference schedule is bad, don’t forget Alabama’s marquee nonconference opponent in 2019 is Duke. Yuck.
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