Expectations for Alabama Football 2012

The Alabama Crimson Tide is ranked #3 by the Sporting News in its preseason rankings. What are the expectations for Alabama football in the 2012 college football season? Matt Hayes of the Sporting News provides a few thoughts in this video discussion.

Highlights are: Matt Hayes believes Alabama “realistically has a chance” to compete for a national title this season.

This season will be all about “the want on this team,” Hayes said. “Do they want to do it. I think this was a problem the last time they tried to repeat.”

Key Players for the 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide:
C.J. Mosley will be a big player providing leadership on defense. However, the big thing for this year’s team will be the offense, according to Hayes. “I really want to see A.J. McCarron take the next step as an elite quarterback. He struggled a bit last year before getting hot late…If he takes the next step and if Eddie Lacy becomes the tailback following along the lines of Coffee, Ingram and obviously Richardson then I think Alabama can be as good as last year.”

Watch the video and share your thoughts on Alabama’s 2012 season. Can the Tide repeat? Who will make the biggest difference McCarron or Lacy or someone else like Barrett Jones?