Alabama opens the 2017 season in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where Nick Saban will face protégé Jimbo Fisher in what is a game we already can’t stop talking about. Win that, though, and it’s relatively smooth sailing the next few weeks, at least until nemesis Ole Miss visits on Sept. 30.
The SEC West should be tougher this year, and trips to Auburn and Texas A&M won’t be easy, but the Crimson Tide are the three-time defending league champ for a reason, and there’s little reason to think they’ll slow down this year — especially after a sour ending to last season.
2017 Alabama Crimson Tide Schedule
Bye: Week 9
— Written by Matt Fortuna, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and spent six seasons covering college football for ESPN.com. Fortuna’s work has been honored by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) seven times. Follow him on Twitter @Matt_Fortuna and like his Facebook page.