The defending national champions appear to have quite a lot to figure out as they play with dozens of puzzle pieces this spring, as Alex Scarbrough writes about the 10 most important observations of 2013 as it has unfolded thus far.
With Alabama's 2013 class about to become official, it's time to hand out some superlatives for the 2012 recruiting class.
Alabama won the national title and its offense was a major reason why. Alex Scarborough hands out his grades.
With Alabama in its bye week, TideNation grades out the performance of the Crimson Tide defense during the first five weeks.
Alabama's top-tier recruiting classes of late are giving the Crimson Tide some much-needed depth in its title-defense season.
Doug Nussmeier's first game as Alabama's offensive coordinator was a smashing success, as his offensive wrinkles produced big plays against Michigan.
The time for kickoff is here, and a Week 1 matchup against Michigan will go a long way for Alabama to figure out what it will become in 2012.
The Tide have plenty of well-known names entering 2012, but there are a handful who have untapped potential.
The Crimson Tide dominated opponents with their defensive line power in 2011 and are rebuilding
The Crimson Tide will have plenty of holes to fill when 2013 comes around and Alabama is already recruiting several positions of future need.
The Crimson Tide appears to have more talent in its 2012 group of receiver recuits than it has had since 2008.
Recruits often commit early to avoid other teams from bothering them, but often, the opposite happens.