Countdown to kickoff: 28

August, 4, 2012
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 28 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

If the University of Alabama is to repeat as national champions, and win three titles in four years, the road to the BCS game will not be easy. The Crimson Tide, starting with a neutral site date with Michigan, will have their hands full with a schedule that features several top 25 teams and ranks as the 28th most difficult schedule, according to Phil Steele.

Alabama will face preseason top 25 teams: No. 1 LSU, No. 8 Michigan, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 25 Auburn. If Alabama makes it to the postseason, it will likely see another.

Here's how the rest of the SEC stacks up on strength of schedule. according to Steele's calculations:

2. Ole Miss
5. Florida
8. Texas A&M
10. Kentucky
13. South Carolina
17. Auburn
18. Arkansas
19. Missouri
28. Alabama
29. LSU
38. Mississippi State
46. Tennessee
47. Vanderbilt
72. Georgia

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter

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