Alabama won the National Title two years ago led by Mark Ingram and Greg McIlroy, and now that each of them are gone, this year should be interesting. It will either be a year of rebuilding or a year of winning. I believe that they have one of the best defenses in the country, however their offense has a little to be desired, with Trent Richardson, a very, very capable running back, having to replace Mark Ingram, a Heisman Trophy winner. Richardson, who played enough time last year and the year before to determine that he is actually quite good, won't be able to put up the same sort of numbers that Ingram did, however his numbers may lead to similar success. My only problem with Alabama is their quarterback. The quarterback battle is between AJ McCarron and Philip Sims, with McCarron expected to win. I don't think that either of them will have the same productive numbers that McIlroy had during the last two years. Greg McIlroy didn't put up great numbers, but he was a true leader. After an early battle against Penn State on September 10th, I believe that they will be upset by LSU on November 5th, but will beat South Carolina in the SEC Championship game and advance to the Sugar Bowl against Stanford.
Alabama will have a successful season, but lose to Stanford 35-10 in the Sugar Bowl
2011 Sugar Bowl Runners-Up