Alabama Football 2011: Crimson Tide to Face Kent State in Opener

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Alabama Football 2011: Crimson Tide to Face Kent State in Opener
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban stands on the sideline during the Capitol One Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Alabama Football is one of the most decorated programs in college football history. 

Nick Saban and the men that play for the Crimson Tide know how to win games.  One way is to schedule an opening game that is very winnable.

Saban didn't have to take long on this one.  Kent State was 5-7 last year and was ranked 42nd in total defense and 99th in total offense.  Junior Quarterback Spencer Keith had just over 2,200 yards with eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  Keith was also sacked 20 times last year.

The Crimson Tide on the other hand were led by Greg Mcelroy who had just under 3,000 yards and signed with the New York Jets.

So who is the trigger man? Is it A.J. McCarron or Philip Sims?

Sims is a Freshman and the question is: can he play?  AL.com claims that he is another Cam Newton.  That's a big claim.   Newton was one of the most dominant players we have seen in a long time.

Simms has an impressive bio and he may well be as good as the people in Alabama hope he is.  If he is, watch out Kent State.

Alabama was 18th in total offense last season and third in total defense. Whether you like Sims or McCarron or whether you love Saban or hate him one thing is certain; Alabama will be ready.

I look for a lopsided victory in this one. 

The Alabama Crimson Tide will win 35-17.  Good luck Kent State.

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