A year ago, Alabama was coming off a six-loss season that included an embarrassing home stumble against Louisiana-Monroe. The Tide responded with 12 victories in 2008 and remained in the national championship discussion until December.
So who’s this year’s Alabama?
Sporting News college football writers Matt Hayes and Dave Curtis offer five teams apiece — schools they believe will show the most improvement in the win column from 2008 to 2009:
Matt Hayes’ top five
1. UCLA Bruins, plus-5