Alabama football: 5 questions the Crimson Tide must answer in 2020

Najee Harris of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Najee Harris of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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1. Is Alabama football as good as Clemson, Ohio State?

For my money, Alabama should be the heavy favorites to win the SEC in the 2020 season. With the upside of their offense, once they get the quarterback position wholly sorted out along with the potential for being one of the top-five defenses in the country, I don’t believe there’s a team in the conference that can hang with Nick Saban’s club for 60 minutes on their best day.

When it comes to football in Tuscaloosa, however, success is not measured in conference titles. Instead, it’s measured in National Championships. And for as good as the Crimson Tide have the potential to be, it’s a reasonable question to wonder if they are on the same level as the two favorites to emerge atop the College Football Playoff, Clemson and Ohio State.

Both the Tigers and Buckeyes stand in stark contrast to the Crimson Tide in terms of the quarterback position. While it may be Bama’s most glaring question mark, Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, respectively, make that the surest point for Clemson and Ohio State on the roster. And given that they recruit essentially on the same level as Alabama, the rest of the talent should be the same.

So the question becomes if Mac Jones or Bryce Young will be able to bring enough to the table as the year moves on for Alabama to challenge for a National Championship. Frankly, especially without the spring practices, it’s impossible to know that for now. But rest assured that the Crimson Tide won’t be measured by how they stack up against SEC foes but rather against Clemson and Ohio State.

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