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2006 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview

Welcome to the official MadduxSports.com 2006 Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA season preview. Like we do each and every season we have inspected and broken down the team, you can also find the 2006 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Schedule here. If you plan to bet on NCAA football be sure to use expert College football picks from Maddux Sports as well as bookmark our free college football lines page offering up to the minute point spreads for the weekly schedule.

Coach: Mike Shula (4th year at Alabama)
Team Name: Crimson Tide
2005 Overall Record: 9-2
2005 SEC Conference Record 6-2
Returning Starters: 13

The Tide needs a new quarterback and up to this point coach Mike Shula is unsure if it will be John Parker Wilson or Marc Guillon, neither of whom were outstanding in spring practices.

Much of the permeable front line is back, which hopefully means they’ll control the pass rush much better than they did in 2005 when they allowed 37 sacks. Running back Kenneth Darby, who has gained 1000-plus yards twice, is ready to gain another 1,000 or more this season. Fullbacks Le’Ron McClain and Tim Castille will make the ground game tough to stop.

The receivers look solid and whoever quarterbacks will have some quality guys to hit, although getting Tyrone Prothro, who is still doubtful, back from his leg injury would be extremely beneficial.

For two years in a row, ‘Bama has had the top defense in the country, allowing only 10.7 points, 94.3 yards rushing and 160.8 yards passing per game. If there’s going to be a change in that pattern, it will happen this year with the Crimson Tide fielding so many new players, especially in the secondary.

Alabama will certainly be in the hunt for a top bowl game this year but before that happens, they’ll have to weather a tough SEC schedule that includes key games against Arkansas and Tennessee. If they win those and also manage to beat either LSU or Auburn, the SEC will be seeing red.

Alabama Crimson Tide 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Hawaii
Home
Sep 9
Vanderbilt
Home
Sep 16
ULM
Home
Sep 23
Arkansas
Road
Sep 30
Florida
Road
Oct 7
Duke
Home
Oct 14
Mississippi
Home
Oct 21
Tennessee
Road
Oct 28
Florida International
Home
Nov 4
Mississippi State
Home
Nov 11
LSU
Road
Nov 18
Auburn
Home

 

For more data on the 2006 Alabama football program, view the Crimson Tide team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the SEC competition.

 

2006 SEC Football Previews

All 12 of the South Eastern Conference teams can be found below. By clicking on the team link you will be able to view our 2006 preview of each SEC football team. For other teams not in the SEC visit the main 2006 college football preview page.

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