"Three All-Americans are gone, but the expectations have only heightened for the Tide. 'Bama got the ball rolling with an eye-catching upset over Clemson last season in Atlanta. This time Saban's team opens against Virginia Tech in the same venue trying to set the tone again. There are some question marks-particularly left tackle-but the problem is experience, not talent after two straight top recruiting classes. Other issues include finding a go-to running back and more playmaking receivers behind Jones. Toughest road test not counting the neutral-site game comes at Mississippi on Oct. 10. Recent 'Bama teams haven't been able to duplicate double-digit wins, going a combined 17-31 in the following season in four tries since 1996."
A glance at Alabama's football team in 2009