Picking the Tide is too easy.  Forget the number of starters returning. Forget whether they have an established starting QB. Forget whether there is a major challenge in the first game of the season and the final regular season game is always against Auburn.

The Tide will be a Pre-season Top 10, Top 5 and even No.1 choice for one reason.  Nick Saban is coaching.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.