Announcement: I have signed on to be the Alabama Insider for Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) this fall. All of my articles will appear on CSSSports.com, but as I’ve been doing with Crystal Ball Run and Awful Announcing, I’ll post an excerpt here to keep track of them and to send you to the full post. Carry on.
Alabama begins its run towards a third consecutive national title and its fourth in five years on Saturday against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The preseason No. 1 Crimson Tide historically enjoy shaking the summer rust off against inferior non-conference foes, it’s just a coincidence that these opponents are usually top-25 teams and that the games are played in massive neutral-site stadiums.
The magic and madness of Alabama head coach Nick Saban makes a team; that has done nothing but win over the past five years stay hungry. They don’t take games for granted because they aren’t allowed. Saban is a maniac and if given enough time, can and will crush any team. He’s had all summer to stew in his aggression and Virginia Tech is the sacrificial lamb.
Though Texas A&M lay on the horizon, Alabama doesn’t look past anyone – even Virginia Tech’s inexperienced and injured secondary, against whom Alabama should go wild. Alabama played Virginia Tech in 2009, winning 34-24, on its way to the first national title during Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa.
This game, in which Alabama is favored by 20 or so, should not be close. But it’s still worth watching.