Alabama won the 2017 national title, giving Nick Saban his fifth championship in his last nine seasons with the Crimson Tide. Can you say dominance?
It's likely not going to end next year either. The Crimson Tide's 2018 schedule sets up nicely for Nick Saban to return to the College Football Playoff once again.
Barring a major meltdown, it's hard to see the Tide not at least qualifying for the event again. Between the team's talent and its favorable schedule, it'll likely be smooth sailing.
Alabama's 2018 slate affords little room for error, in fact. Let's take a look at it:
- Sept. 1 - vs. Louisville (Orlando)
- Sept. 8 - Arkansas State
- Sept. 15 - at Ole Miss
- Sept. 22 - Texas A&M
- Sept. 29 - UL-Lafayette
- Oct. 6 - at Arkansas
- Oct. 13 - Missouri
- Oct. 20 - at Tennessee
- Nov. 3 - at LSU
- Nov. 10 - Mississippi State
- Nov. 17 - The Citadel
- Nov. 24 - Auburn
Alabama gets a Louisville program that will be without Lamar Jackson, who declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson might not have been enough to take down the Tide, but he's certainly the type of player Nick Saban's defenses have struggled against in the past.
The comes Alabama's laughable non-conference schedule. The Tide get Arkansas State, UL-Lafayette and The Citadel - all at home.
Alabama also drew Missouri out of the SEC East, which is a major break for the Tide, considering Florida and Georgia would have been much tougher opponents.