It will come as no surprise to anyone that has watched college football in the last couple of decades that Alabama will start the 2022 season as the favorites to win both the SEC and the National Championship.
By Steve Wright
Here are the three keys for Alabama’s 2022 season:
The SEC has placed five teams in the early preseason Top 15 and ‘Bama gets three of those squads on back-to-back-to-back Saturdays in early October. The toughest part of the schedule starts with a trip to rapidly improving No. 10 Arkansas on October 1. The Tide then hosts No. 7 Texas A&M the following weekend before rounding out this section of the schedule with a trip to No. 15 Tennessee, a team that looks to be as dangerous offensively as anyone they will face in the regular season.
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The Pass Rush Needs To Take Over Games
In Will Anderson, the Crimson Tide has the best returning player in the entire country. He is practically guaranteed to finish with double-digit sacks (barring injury) but he will command so much attention that it will free the rest of the stunningly athletic front seven to tee off at will on opposing quarterbacks.
Look for Dallas Turner to be a major beneficiary of this. Turner had 8.5 sacks – in just 370 snaps – as a true freshman playing purely on instinct. The pass rush was monstrous in the A-Day scrimmage this spring. That should terrify the rest of the SEC.
Bryce Young Repeats as Heisman Winner
Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy as a true sophomore, stepping into the complex ‘Bama offense like he had owned the keys to the machine for years. Young was ridiculous last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for just a shade under 5,000 yards and 47 touchdowns to seven interceptions.
Young will certainly miss the speed of Jameson Williams and the dependability/route-running skills of John Metchie. He will also miss a veteran offensive line group. Astute use of the transfer portal – plus the usual crop of four and five-star recruits – means that Young should have plenty of options to throw to this fall.