In Focus: Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide ryty32's Crimson Tide comes off a National Championship year, and they are firmly in control of their own destiny this season. Bama was the preseason #1. A few questions must be answered before if we can decide if this team is the real deal. Can Bama rip through this tough schedule? Week Opponent 1 NC State 2 @TAMU (T2Express) 3 Arkansas 4 Kentucky 5 BYE 6 @Georgia (cimmy) 7 BYE 8 @Olemiss 9 Tennessee 10 LSU (controllerabuser) 11 @MissSt 12 Oklahoma State 13 @Auburn 14 @Miami (JCA8089) 15 BYE ... and if they can get through that, the trip to the BCS championship game goes through the SEC CCG vs most likely: Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Georgia or Florida Thats just getting back there. Tough task. What about injuries? What this team doesn't lack is playmakers... but what they do lack is depth. Especially along the trenches and at QB. Here is what their 2nd string would look like: Position Name Overall Rating QB Brian Davis 82 LT Clint Richards 79 LG Greg Watson 82 C Tony Fisher 93 RG Vernon Rice 91 RT Abdul Gatewood 81 LE Tyler Davis 79 RE Reggie Stevens 84 DT William Mitchell 82 *Note: Bama uses a 7man rotation on the offensive line. A hit to starting QB AJ McCarron would be devastating. Brian Davis, despite being a redshirt junion, has thrown only 1 carreer pass, has a weak arm and can be easily rattled (59 overall awareness). Can coach keep all his players happy? Bama has three studs in the top 5 of the Heisman race. Heisman Standings (as of week 3) Rank Position Name Team Year #1 QB Garrett Gilbert Texas Senior RS #2 WR Eugene Alexander Alabama Sophmore #2 WR Doug Castillo LSU Senior #4 HB Trent Richardson Alabama Senior RS #5 WR Kendall Kelly Alabama Senior RS Can they do it? Column 1 Column 2 Circle week 10. By then QB McCarron will have taken quite a few blows and might be banged up. Week 10 is also a rivalry game where controllerabuser's Tigers will be coming to town. LSU is the one team on the schedule that can match the team speed, power and skill that Bama brings to the table. At that point it will come down to the coaching. My money goes on LSU playing spoiler and breaking up their chances for a repeat national championship.