Alabama had a rough finish to the 2013 season. The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in the Iron Bowl and Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl to end the year on a two game losing streak. Alabama is looking to get back on top of the college football world. Head coach Nick Saban says his team is definitely in a different situation than they have been the last couple of years coming off successful seasons winning a championship. "The emphasis for us is for our players to reestablish their identity. For us to reestablish our identity as a team. I think to do that everybody has to buy in, 100 percent buy in to the principles and values that helped us be successful before."
Alabama has seven starters back on offense but will have to replace quarterback A.J. McCarron. The Crimson Tide offense will look a little different this year with Lane Kiffin taking over as the offensive coordinator.
Defensively Alabama has five starters back from last season. In 2013 the Crimson Tide led the SEC in total defense giving up 286 yards per game and scoring defense allowing just under 14 points per game.
Alabama will open the 2014 season August 30 against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.