Alabama Football: 2021 season opener won’t be any different

Anthony Steen, Alabama football (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama football is used to winning early

When you go through the streaks of the Nick Saban era, many stand out. He’s undefeated against former assistants. He has more championship rings personally than almost any college football program does over the history of the sport. However, one Alabama football streak seems solid to continue for another year.

Alabama has yet to lose a season opener since Nick Saban became the head coach. It’s not from lack of a challenge. In the past, Alabama has played teams ranked near or above them. In 2008, they upset the Clemson Tigers to start their undefeated run in the regular season. Alabama has played top teams like Wisconsin, Michigan, USC and Florida State in the past, but the result is always the same. There is a debate before the game, but the Crimson Tide prove that they are the dominant team by the end of the game.

Alabama hasn’t had a close season opener under any circumstances. Whether they are the home team or it’s a neutral site, you can expect Alabama football to come out of the gates running.

History is about to repeat itself in Atlanta. Once again, people are predicting the end of the Tide dynasty. They point to the losses on both sides of the ball and the number of players drafted from last year’s team. Miami brings back their starting quarterback, a Heisman hopeful.

That being said, time is a flat circle. Once the first week of the Alabama football season is over, we’ll be talking about the potential of this team to win it all. Someone will step up as a potential Heisman candidate, and plenty of highlights will be made.

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Alabama has experience on defense and potential on offense. The roster is deep, and enough has been proven to this point to expect another easy win for the Crimson Tide.