Once again, it looks like the Alabama football program has successfully reloaded. Last year’s Crimson Tide team is one of the best in recent history, with a number of major players, including quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris, and wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, all going to the NFL.
Bryce Young, Alabama’s former five-star freshman quarterback, looks the part. he’s 16-for-21 for 148 yards and two touchdowns today. John Metchie III has taken on the WR1 role quite well, with four catches for 56 yards and a score early on. The defense has allowed Miami’s D’Eriq King to complete his first five passes, but for just 20 total yards.
So far, Alabama has outgained Miami 247 yards to just 43. This is how these Alabama Week 1 neutral site games tend to go.
your school’s AD explaining his decision to have the football team play Alabama Week 1 in a neutral site game in as part of the State Farm College Football Kickoff Bonanza Classic presented by Zaxbys pic.twitter.com/NFfNCR59jb
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 4, 2021
Same throne just new dragons.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 4, 2021
No one made you agree to play Alabama
— Jason Kirk, big The Alliance fan (@thejasonkirk) September 4, 2021
The five-minute window at the start of the season when the sliver of a possibility exists that this will be the year Alabama takes a step back is always a fun time.
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) September 4, 2021
From 2012-2019, Alabama opened each season with a neutral site game against a non-conference Power Five opponent. The Crimson Tide are 8-0 in those games, beating the likes of Michigan, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin, USC, Florida State, Louisville, and Duke by a total of 313-94.
The closest game of those was WVU in 2014. The Mountaineers managed to only lose by 10 points, 33-23.
Once again, why does any team ever agree to play Alabama in one of these openers?
It’s not worth the paycheck. Really.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 4, 2021
I was under no illusion that Miami was some kind of contender this year. But they *do* have athletes. This isn’t about Miami. This is about Alabama. I legit don’t think this team has a weakness.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 4, 2021
No head coach knows how to manage a star-studded roster and fill huge NFL-sized holes in a depth chart like Nick Saban. And if you have to face the Alabama football program, you certainly don’t want it to be at the start of the year, when he’s had an entire summer to prepare.
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