Alabama Football: 3 Biggest Threats in Season Opener Against Virginia Tech

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Alabama Football: 3 Biggest Threats in Season Opener Against Virginia Tech
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AJ McCarron is sacked during Alabama's game against Western Kentucky in 2012.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Virginia Tech Hokies square off on August 31 in Atlanta, Georgia. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. But fans of both teams—and college football—have had this event memorized since the date and time were released.

Alabama will embark on its quest for an unheard-of third consecutive national title when it faces the Hokies, and most people have chalked up a win for the Tide before the two teams even set foot into the Georgia Dome.

But Virginia Tech and the timing of this meeting could be too much for Nick Saban and company to handle in the first week of the season.

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and his staff know how it feels to lose to Alabama, as the Hokies were downed by the Tide 34-24 in 2009, and this team doesn't want to make the same mistake twice. He'll have a game plan cooked up to give Alabama as much as it can handle.

Here we break down the three biggest threats to Alabama in the Tide's season opener.

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