No. 3 Alabama

Who is crazy enough to pick against a Nick Saban team that has the talent to win another national championship?

How good is Alabama? Well, QB Tua Tagovailoa, who few people outside of Tide nation had heard of until he came in the second half of last season's national title game against Georgia and threw the game winning pass--in overtime is a Heisman front runner. And he's never started the game. And QB Jalen Hurts is still around.

Only 10 starters return, and only 3 on defense. But this Bama. This is Saban. This is a program hat has won 5 national championships in the last nine years.

The replaceable parts become All American players--and maybe Heisman winners.

The schedule doesn't have a tough road game--until November at LSU.

But maybe, just maybe, the Tide, who will start the season No. 1 in most other pre-season polls, won't end the year in the same spot. No. 3 looks like a soft landing spot.