Alabama Football's Cakewalk Schedule Makes Crimson Tide Favorite for BCS Title

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMay 14, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide poses with the National Championship trophy during the Discover BCS National Championship Press Conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott on January 8, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After winning three BCS titles in the past four years, you wouldn't be crazy to expect Alabama to have a tough schedule heading into the 2013 season. After all, it only makes sense to think that the top team in the nation should be tested by other top teams.

Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. 

Nick Saban's juggernaut of a program has what appears to be the easiest schedule of any top SEC team. 

In fact, there are only two legitimate tests on the schedule for Alabama in 2013: the highly anticipated matchup against Texas A&M on Sept. 14 and the team's annual matchup against LSU.

Even if Alabama were to lose one of those games, there would be a strong likelihood this team finishes the season with a record of 12-1. This is a program that is loaded with the top players in the nation at every position, as illustrated by The SEC Logo recently:

Given the ungodly amount of talent Saban has amassed over the past handful of years, Alabama will be able to sleepwalk through most of its 2013 schedule.

Here's a quick look at the team's opponents this upcoming season:

  • Virginia Tech
  • @ Texas A&M
  • Colorado State
  • Ole Miss
  • Georgia State
  • @ Kentucky
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • LSU
  • @ Mississippi State
  • Chattanooga
  • @ Auburn
  • SEC Championship

How Alabama managed to secure a schedule that only includes four road games out of 12 is something that's hard to understand. Furthermore, only one of those games is against an opponent that will truly challenge this team.

It's hard to imagine the Crimson Tide losing more than one game; it's far more likely that 'Bama will go undefeated.

Looking at the schedules of schools like Georgia, South Carolina and other top SEC teams, it's clear that Alabama's getting off way too easy this season. 

LSU—Alabama's top rival in the SEC West—has four contests against top teams. The Tigers will face Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Texas A&M. 

Clearly, college football doesn't strive for parity like the NFL. When a team finishes in first place in the NFL, it faces a first-place-caliber schedule the next year. 

In Alabama's case, however, the reward for winning multiple championships seems to be a schedule that leads directly to another potential championship. 

Something must be done to remedy this situation, because it's not fair to the rest of the top teams in the nation.


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