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Athlon Sports expects at least two losses for Nick Saban and Alabama this season.

Athlon Sports: Not 1, but 2 SEC losses for ‘Bama in 2017

Alabama is going down at least twice.

Sound far-fetched? Not to Athlon Sports’ Mark Ross, who included two Alabama losses within a post titled, “Predicting the SEC’s biggest upsets in 2017.”

Ross writes that Mississippi State will beat the Crimson Tide on Nov. 11, and Auburn will be victorious in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25. Sure, many expect Auburn to threaten in the SEC West after quarterback Jarrett Stidham joined the Tigers following a stint at Baylor. But an Alabama loss to Mississippi State, which went 6-7 last season, would be somewhat of a shock.

Check out part of Ross’ explanation below.

The Iron Bowl notwithstanding, don’t sleep on the matchup with Mississippi State just two weeks prior. Alabama will have just played LSU while the Bulldogs figure to have a much easier lead-in against UMass. Dual-threat quarterbacks have given Nick Saban’s defense fits in recent seasons (see Deshaun Watson), and Mississippi State has one of the best in the nation in Nick Fitzgerald.

Alabama is expected to be strong again. But Ross isn’t the only analyst to predict at least a couple losses by the Crimson Tide this season. SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic said Alabama will lose to Florida State and, yes, Mississippi State.

The season can’t arrive soon enough, right?