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These are cute aren't they? It's going to be just another year for Nick Saban and Alabama, another year on top.
The pieces are in place (AJ McCarron, T.J. Yeldon, Amari Cooper, Cyrus Kouandjio ,C.J. Mosley, Adrian Hubbard, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, etc.) for the Tide to repeat as national champions. But first, they must go through Virginia Tech, just like they went through the Hokies in 2009.
A victory is assumed by most, so the only question here is—will it be a repeat of the 41-14 opener against Michigan last season? That's never out of the question when it comes to Saban. When given ample amount of time to prepare for one game, Saban is nearly unbeatable. It's as if he knows what the opposing coach is going to do two plays ahead.
Having nine starters returning on defense for Virginia Tech will help the Hokies battle though. Logan Thomas will also give Virginia Tech a fighting chance, but the lack of playmakers will be the Hokies' demise. The hard running of Yeldon and timely deep passes from McCarron should carry the Tide to victory in this one.
Prediction: Alabama wins 34-16