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OPINION: Alabama should win the CFP National Championship in the fall and here’s why

Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe runs with the ball in the SEC Championship
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Alabama football has a great opportunity in front of it win a College Football Playoff National Championship.

Nick Saban’s decision to retire was probably one of the best things that happened to the Crimson Tide. Alabama gets a fresh reset with Kalen DeBoer and a hunger to prove why it remains the best program in the sport. The Southeastern Conference has done away with divisions and the Tide lost a lot to the NCAA transfer portal, but it should remain in peak position for a national title.

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Some feel like Alabama will suffer a major setback, but three reasons are below on why the Tide win a national title?

Jalen Milroe

Alabama has one of the best retuning quarterbacks in college football.

Jalen Milroe is back with experience and hunger.

He carried the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship last season and returned to the CFP. Milroe earned Most Valuable Player honors in the SEC Championship Game, but he finished the 2023 season with 2,834 passing yards, 531 rushing yards, and 35 total touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has worked this offseason to assure the masses he is a complete player at quarterback. He made huge strides with his passing mechanics in spring practice, and has continued to progress under Yo Murphy and Jordan Palmer training him. Milroe wants every naysayer to know that Alabama is still the measuring stick of college football. His fire, drive, and improvement as a passer should have the Tide winning a national title.

Coaching staff has something to prove

Kalen DeBoer and his staff want to show they can win in the SEC.

They took this opportunity at Alabama for the resources, the competition, and wanting to come behind a legend in Nick Saban.

Names such as Nick Sheridan, JaMarcus Shephard, Kane Wommack, Maurice Linguist, Colin Hitschler, and Christian Robinson don’t have the resumes of former assistant coaches for the Tide, but they have the energy, motivation, and teaching skills to get the best from the players.

Each student-athlete has enjoyed the vibe of the new coaches and want to see this team capture a national championship. We would have to see how these guys perform in summer workouts and fall camp; however, having them on campus in the spring meant a lot. DeBoer has a staff that wants to be the best, and a group with something to prove is a championship one. 

Favorable schedule 

Alabama has a schedule set up for it to possibly run the table to a national title.

It does not face Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, or Texas A&M. Tennessee and LSU are breaking in new starting quarterbacks, so Georgia may be the toughest matchup. If the Tide handles the Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium, then nothing stands in Alabama’s way of winning it all.

Alabama has a doable schedule to push itself for a chance to play for national title.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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