Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Picking Tide seventh isn't such a big crime
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Aug 16, 2013 | 2435 views |  0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nick Saban has coached Alabama to two straight national titles. (Photo by Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
Nick Saban has coached Alabama to two straight national titles. (Photo by Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
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CBS broadcaster Tim Brando is picking Alabama seventh nationally in his preseason predictions, and that’s a big crime?

Is it really worth getting all that upset about, as some are online? Seventh isn’t exactly saying Alabama isn’t going to win a game all year.

In the past five seasons, the team that finished seventh in the national rankings lost only two games. Two games.

Last year, Alabama lost once. Is it a giant leap of logic to say it’s possible Alabama might lost twice this year?

Maybe the Tide won’t. Maybe Nick Saban’s team will go undefeated, as it did in 2009. Maybe it will lose once, as it did in 2011 or 2012. Or maybe three times as it did in 2010.

Alabama is rebuilding its offensive line, and AJ McCarron’s chief backup at quarterback is a former running back who is biding time until the younger arms are ready. Also, the defense is relatively new.

Certainly, Saban has faced similar problems before, and Alabama still found a way to win a national title. (Remember, the 2009 and 2011 teams won despite having new starting quarterbacks.)

But it also isn’t worthy of banishment to say that maybe, possibly Alabama will finish seventh. It's no worse than saying maybe, possibly Alabama will win an unprecedented third straight national title.

Brando’s real crime? According to his daughter, Tiffany Brando, who describes herself as an “LSU girl through and through,” says it’s that dad didn’t include LSU anywhere in his top 10. That’s got to make for an uncomfortable father-daughter dinner.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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