It's been good times for Nick Saban recently. The Alabama head coach has made it to the CFP National Championship each of the last three years, winning two. However, there are still very real questions facing the team heading into the 2018 season as SEC Media Days draw closer. Let's identify the top three.
3. What Happens at Linebacker?
The Crimson Tide recently suffered a big loss as Terrell Lewis will be out indefinitely with a torn ACL. This is a big blow to a unit whose depth was tested a year ago and is about to be tested again. Will it be up to returning players to carry the load, or will incoming freshmen like Eyabi Anoma be forced to step up?
2. How Do You Replace a Guy Like Calvin Ridley?
The Bama passing game relied heavily on Calvin Ridley in 2017. His 967 receiving yards were by far the best on the team, and the Tide faces a tough task compensating for his loss. The team does return Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, but there's no like-for-like replacement. A number of guys will need to step up big.
1. What's the Way Forward at QB?
No question has been more pertinent around Tuscaloosa -- and perhaps the entire college football world -- than this one. Jalen Hurts has led the Crimson Tide to an SEC title and two national championship appearances, but, Tua Tagovailoa showcased a set of skills that ultimately won a title last season in a game that saw Hurts get benched. Given Alabama's roster, it may not matter much now, but Saban will eventually have to make a decision between the two. And the guy on the outside looking in could opt to leave the program for good.