Alabama's football team has the talent, the coaching and a favorable schedule to win at least nine games this season.
Anything short of nine wins will give the Crimson Tide a losing decade.
As a result of NCAA sanctions announced last week that requires Alabama to vacate 21 of its 23 victories during the 2005-07 seasons, the Crimson Tide soon will be saddled with a 44-48 record for the 2000s. The university has until June 26 to decide whether it will appeal the ruling, which will change Alabama's 10-2, 6-7 and 7-6 records to 0-2, 0-7 and 2-6.
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