With just two months until college football season kicks off, the Crimson Tide is hunkering down to first face Duke on August 31.
The game will make the fourth meeting for the Tide and the Blue Devils, only one of which –in 1945– resulted in a Duke win. Alabama’s wins against Duke, though, are only a small part of the Crimson Tide’s college football dynasty.
Before Coach Nick Saban took reign in Tuscaloosa, a host of winning coaches set the stage for Saban’s decade long tenure. Whether under Wallace Wade, Gene Stallings, Bear Bryant or somewhere in between, Alabama had claimed 12 national titles before Nick Saban filled the role as Head Coach and added five more.
Even after last year’s perfect season ended in a National Championship loss to Clemson, headlines make it clear the Tide is still expected to be on top this season. With names like Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy returning among a sea of promising new faces, football fans everywhere say they wouldn’t be surprised to see Alabama start the season ranked in the no. 1 spot.
Of course, there are always the naysayers who expect the Tide’s Saban-led dynasty to end with January’s loss. A rather breezy 2019 schedule promises little to no challenge for our Tuscaloosa team, nearly guaranteeing the continued conversation about schedule toughness and its role in selecting the four teams for the College Football Playoff.
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