Alabama Football: Five Bold Predictions for Tide versus Blue Devils

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Tua throws for 400 yards and five touchdowns

Alabama possesses more offensive weapons than the famed, cold-blooded assassin John Wick. Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns, working to shed the label that he struggles against talented defenses. The Heisman frontrunner has the best wide receiver corps in the country with juniors Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Devonta Smith, and sophomore Jaylen Waddle. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian returns to his former place of employment, hoping to give Alabama the spark and balance Saban desires.

As word trickled down of the suspensions to Najee Harris and Brian Robinson for the first half, the offense will lean heavily on the aerial assault of Tua’s trusted left arm and his merry band of game-breaking receivers.

Passing behind a massive, mobile offensive line averaging six foot six and 315 pounds, Tua will throw for 400 yards and five touchdowns. As Duke returns eight starters on defense, they still allowed only 199 yards through the air. However, co-defensive coordinators Ben Albert and Matt  Guerrieri have their hands’ full preparing for the passing attack.