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Alabama is one of the top 5 teams for the future of college football
Alabama is one of the top 5 teams for the future of college football

Fans and pundits across the country are excited to see how the Alabama Crimson Tide will perform in 2024, as it will be the first season in nearly two decades that legendary head coach Nick Saban will not be on the sidelines at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

New head coach Kalen DeBoer has established himself as a top coach in college football after his successful tenure at the helm of the Washington Huskies program.

In ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg’s future college football rankings (subscription required), Alabama is ranked in the top five, which should come as no surprise.

Sure, the Crimson Tide will now have to play without Saban every season, but the foundation he left behind, now filled by DeBoer, is as solid as it gets. Tuscaloosa will likely continue to be one of the sport’s focal points, and Rittenberg makes it clear that the best-case scenario for Alabama is a slide from No. 2 to No. 4 in future rankings.

“Alabama certainly could have slipped even further after Saban’s departure, and a one-year projection would have been even lower,” Rittenberg writes. “But Kalen DeBoer has quickly established himself as a nationally elite coach and would have been on the wish list of any program of Alabama’s caliber. He may endure a few setbacks this fall, but the Tide will be contending for the CFP and national titles most seasons.”

For Crimson Tide fans, competing for the national championship has become the norm, and Rittenberg is confident that the Alabama football program will continue to do so under new leadership.

Alabama is ranked ahead of only a few teams, all of which are consistent title contenders with predictable success in future seasons. The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 overall, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked No. 2, and the Texas Longhorns are ranked No. 3.

The 2024 season is full of unknowns for Alabama fans, so they can’t wait for the team to take the field on August 31 against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the start of the 2024 college football season.

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow Alabama football through the 2024 offseason.

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By Aurora