Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Complete Game Preview

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Virginia Tech Complete Game Preview
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Alabama and Virginia Tech will meet for the first time since their 2009 showdown in the same venue.

The 2013 season will open the same way as it did in 2009 for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Crimson Tide hope it ends the same way, too.

Alabama, of course, went on to an undefeated season and won the first of its three BCS National Championships in the last four years. The 34-24 Crimson Tide victory was the springboard to its current run of dominance.

The Hokies, coming off a disappointing 7-6 season, would love nothing more than to knock Alabama off its perch atop the college football world on opening weekend in what would be a program-defining victory.

Here's everything you need to know.

Time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Place: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

TV: ESPN

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, VirginiaTech IMGSportsNetwork

Spread: Alabama by anywhere from 18 to 20.5 points, according to Andrew Gribble of AL.com, the biggest spread Virginia Tech has faced since 1992.

All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone, where noted.

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