SEC titles and trips to the BCS Championship Game/College Football Playoff have become the norm in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since the arrival of Nick Saban in 2007. Entering 2017, it seems that the Alabama Crimson Tide are ready to dominate the opposition again.
In fact, SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum thinks there are only two teams that have a shot at defeating Alabama this season.
“Alabama does not have very many dangerous games,” Finebaum said on ESPN on Sunday. “Really the opener against FSU and the closer at Auburn, a place where the Tide lost four years ago. Other than that, most of the other games are going to be laughers.”
The Crimson Tide will face the Seminoles in the season opener at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, starting off with an opponent that also has a spot in the College Football Playoff on its mind. The Seminoles are loaded, and should be ranked high in the preseason polls.
“Alabama is going to be No. 1 and I don’t think it’s going to be close,” Finebaum said. “The most interesting thing is will Florida State be No. 2. We’ve never had a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the opening weekend. We always get that in the final game. This could be the first time. Alabama’s a 5.5- to 6.5-point favorite and I think that’s a very dangerous game.”