Alabama Football: Studs and Duds from Tide versus Blue Devils

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The second-ranked Alabama football team obliterated Duke Blue Devils 42-3 in the season opener. Head coach Nick Saban reiterated how much he was pleased with the effort and attitude of the team.

Alabama football grabbed its 83rd straight win versus an unranked opponent, the longest streak in FBS history). Coming off last year’s championship loss, the Crimson Tide needed a big win to start the season.

Below are studs and duds from the opening game:


Tua Tagovailoa

Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa played Saturday afternoon differently. Not looking to make superhero plays, the lefty played like the leader Alabama needed with a calm, efficient 26 of 31, 336 yards, four touchdowns and QB rating of 217.5.

David Cutcliffe, a noted quarterback guru, sang his praises after the game,

“Well, he’s incredible,” said Cutcliffe. “He’s accurate. He’s poised. His release is so compact and supple and quick. He can throw on the run.“But I said this — I’ve studied him now. I had never studied him until this summer. I think he’s going to be a great quarterback this year, and he will play in the National Football League a long time. He’s going to be a great player.”

Tying AJ McCarron with seven games of four touchdowns or more, Tua has to remain healthy to solidify himself as a Heisman favorite.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Sensational Biletnikoff winner Jerry Jeudy led all receivers with ten catches for 139 yards and one score. His nasty, picturesque stutter-step should be deemed illegal.  Tight ends Miller Forristall, and Major Tennison joined in on the scoring action with a score apiece. Waddle, Smith, and Ruggs are additional deadly weapons for any quarterback. This receiver unit (tight ends included) is unequivocally the nation’s best.

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