Alabama Ranked No. 1 in CBS Sports' Post-Spring Top 25
Some teams failed to meet the expectations set upon them heading into the spring, giving us reasons to doubt them heading into the fall.
On the other hand, there were other teams that were exactly what we thought they were -- teams that have the pieces in place to contend for a national championship.
The latter certainly applies to the Alabama Crimson Tide, and because of that, Nick Saban's squad earned the top spot in the post-spring Top 25 rankings by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com.
Despite the current struggles at quarterback, Alabama is simply loaded at so many key positions.
When Jacob Coker takes the field for the first time this summer, the Crimson Tide will instantly be better at quarterback. And keep in mind that although Blake Sims didn't have the greatest spring ever, he still has the tools to be successful.
But as Dodd mentions in his article, where Alabama will shine will be at running back. I mean, we've never heard that before, have we?
New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin gets the opportunity to coach three backs that could start for any team in the country. T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry, and Kenyan Drake are all due to have monster seasons, and it'll be nearly impossible for opposing defenses to contain all three at once.
Defensively, Alabama will be solid as usual. Even though players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and C.J. Mosley will be tough to replace, the Crimson Tide have the depth to once again be a special unit.
Oh, and don't forget about the 2014 recruiting class that heads into Tusclaloosa, which most have called Saban's best class since he's been with the Tide.
So, yeah, it's easy to see why this team is worthy of a No. 1 spot.
We've got a long way to go before the first football of the new regular season is played, and there are no guarantees just yet.
But given the roster that Saban has at his disposal (again), Alabama is certainly one of the heavy favorites to capture the 2015 national championship.
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