Why Crimson Tide will win the 2023 College Football Playoffs

A tide is rising on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa that could overwhelm the college football world in 2023. Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have seen the Georgia Bulldogs win back-to-back college football playoff championships, and so on is not something that can be easily tolerated.

Alabama is college football’s pre-eminent program, and the Crimson Tide is not used to having their place at the top usurped. That means the Crimson Tide is likely to move forward overwhelmingly and motivated as the 2023 season begins.

Nick Saban will push the Alabama troops to the limit

Start with Saban, who featured in ESPN’s coverage of events surrounding the Georgia vs. TCU championship game. Saban had to listen to the “experts” tell the world that Georgia is now at the top of the college football world. Those words will ring in Saban’s ears for the next year.

Saban was probably paid well to be on the panel and give his assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of the championship contenders. But he also paid a price when he had to hear those observers sing the praises of Georgia.

The Bulldogs certainly had a strong run and deserve respect. But saying they’re now ahead of Alabama had to sear Saban’s psyche. Alabama has a huge historic lead over Georgia with 18 national championships, and by the end of the 2023 season, the Crimson Tide will likely be number 19

In addition to the talent that Alabama brings, Saban will be putting the pedal to the floor to silence all doubters and college football’s “new” kings.

Jamarion Miller hits the Tide with an explosive running attack

The running game will be the most dangerous part of the Alabama offense, especially early in the season when the quarterback situation irons itself out. That’s because Bryce Young will be one of the top picks in the NFL draft and the Ty Simpson vs. Jalen Milroe contest will take some time to iron out.

But Jamarion Miller will be poised to dominate at running back. Miller didn’t see much action as a freshman, being behind Jahmyr Gibbs and Jase McClellan on the depth chart. Make sure Miller is No. 1 in 2023, and the 5-10, 201-pound hammer will have the explosiveness to make big plays on a consistent basis.

Miller carried the ball 33 times for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns in his limited time on the field, but his 6.8 yards-per-carry average bodes well for the future. He should be a big play maker for Saban and he will have an excellent offensive line to open big holes for him.

Deontae Lawson leads a savage Alabama defense

The Crimson Tide will growl on defense in 2023 after a less-than-impressive season in 2022. Alabama gave up 52 points in a midseason loss to Tennessee and 32 points in a loss to LSU. The defense looked vulnerable in other games as well, but that unit was saved by Young and offense.

Lawson would become the leader of the linebacker unit with the departures of Henry To’oTo’o and Jaylen Moody. Lawson had 51 tackles in a assist last season along with 2.5 tackles for losses.

Don’t be surprised if Lawson becomes a viable contender for the Dick Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker and the Alabama defense becomes one of the most dangerous units in the nation.

And if you look closely, Nick Saban can actually smile as the season comes to a happy ending.