GAMEDAY: CW sports staff predicts Alabama's season

Kayla Montgomery | Sports Editor Alabama's record: 11-3 Random prediction: Upset alert: To know me is to know that I hate the University of Georgia, and picking this truly pains me, but after watching Ezekiel Elliott walk through Alabama's defense in the 2014 national championship, it's hard to imagine that the Crimson Tide will find a way to stop Georgia's Nick Chubb. How the season ends: After falling to Georgia, Alabama's demanding schedule leaves it tired at the end of the season and it falls to Auburn.

Running them Ragged

Sometimes the most important victories happen in the offseason. When Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland decided to put off the jump to the NFL and stay at school for his senior season, he cited his desire to get his degree. His statement released by The University of Alabama also mentioned how special the dynamic is at the University, quoting Ragland as saying “you only form a brotherhood like this once.”

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Kenyan Drake returns from injury

One of the highlights that comes to mind for many Alabama football fans during the 2014 season was the 87-yard catch and sprint touchdown for Kenyan Drake against Florida. Just the next week, another play unfolded that Crimson Tide fans would not forget as well – only this time they wish they could. Early in the second quarter, Drake caught a half back screen and fought for a first down. An Ole Miss safety hit him awkwardly, and when Drake appeared from the dog pile, all of national television could see his left leg fractured. Drake missed the remainder of the season after surgery, but he has made his way back to the field this spring.

Quarterback Battle

In the world of college football, spring indicates a couple of things: the start of spring practice, the first time many early enrollees from the year’s signing class take the field and the beginning of position battles. While Alabama has many positions open for playing time, none may be as big as the battle for the starting quarterback position. The Crimson Tide currently has five quarterbacks on its roster and only two, senior Jake Coker and junior Alec Morris, have in-game experience.

The Belgian Blur

In the 2013-14 season, then-redshirt sophomore Retin Obasohan had 12 double-digit performances. The guard from Antwerp, Belgium, developed a reputation as a speedy, high-flying guard capable of blocking a shot on one end of the floor and dunking on the other end seconds later.

Coming up Clark

There was a time when Alabama senior gymnast Kaitlyn Clark didn’t know The University of Alabama had a gymnastics team. Now, the Rancho Cucamonga, California, native has found her home as a senior on the Alabama gymnastics team and was named this week’s SEC Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around competition in last week’s meet at The University of Georgia with a career best score of 39.625.

Farewell to Seniors

A couple of years ago, Sharin Rivers and Briana Hutchen did not know each other. Both players were playing basketball on opposites ends of the country. It was not until Kristy Curry was hired at The University of Alabama the two became teammates, and today is the last day these two will play basketball together.

Who's on first?

An official visit is usually the time for coaches to market their program. Recruits can see the facilities and experience what it’s like to be on campus. Junior Leona Lafaele didn’t need an official visit to decide on Alabama. In fact, hers took place the fall after she decided.

Chasing a Streak

This weekend, when the Alabama basketball team hosts Vanderbilt (13-10) it will have its best chance since the start of conference play to do something it hasn't done in over a month: win back to back games.

Wright place, Wright time

The year was 2000 and it was Kristy Curry’s second year as head coach at Purdue University. Curry thought she was going to have another successful season after second-round exit in the tournament earlier that spring. Along with some returners from her first season, Curry had welcomed some new freshmen. Two of whom are named Shereka Wright and Lindsey Hicks.

Power of Pink

For 36 years, coach Sarah Patterson was the face of the Alabama gymnastics team. Her 1,006 wins, 43 postseason championships and six national championships with the Crimson Tide, as well as her philanthropic endeavors, made her a celebrity. Patterson retired in July 2014 and will be honored Friday night, along with her husband David, for their contributions to the Alabama gymnastics program as the team hosts No. 12 Boise State for its annual Power of Pink meet, an event Patterson herself began in her time with the team.

Met Life

The Alabama Crimson Tide kicks off the baseball season with a home stand this weekend. The Crimson Tide will play a three-game series starting Friday against Maryland Eastern Shore. Coach Mitch Gaspard’s club will play the majority of its home games at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium due to the rebuilding of Sewell-Thomas Stadium.