Duke vs No. 2 Alabama
Saturday at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
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The previous time that the Alabama football team took the field, it had been blasted 44-16 from Clemson at the national championship match back Jan. 7 out San Francisco. Believe Coach Nick Saban would use that for motivation for his 2019 staff?
Yeah, uh. I am sure Saban is utilizing the fact that Clemson is ranked as inspiration. I feel sorry for bad Duke. It’s the fifth all-time meeting between the colleges and first because the Tide won 62-13 in Durham. Bama leads 3-1.
The Tide haven’t lost a season opener under Saban and also have won 17 straight overall. It’s the second-longest such series in SEC history. The school record is 30 directly season-opening wins from 1904-1934 (Tide did not field a team in 1918).
Just Ohio State holds a longer active Week 1 series with 19 consecutive wins. A total of 11 of these wins for Alabama have come at sites. They thumped a Louisville team last year. The 100 season-opening wins of alabama are the most one of the SEC members.
Saban brings 12 starters from last year’s 14-1 group on both sides of the ball. Alabama has three valid Heisman contenders in quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (next in last season’s voting), running Najee Harris and Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Jerry Jeudy.
It’s quite likely that Tua and Jeudy go. Mel Kiper lately put out his very first Big Board for another draft and had Jeudy rated No. 1 overall.