In Alabama's opening game against Kent State, the question was: who will step up at quarterback. Will it be AJ McCarron or Phillip Sims?
McCarron started the game, but Sims saw plenty of playing time. The bad news is that McCarron played well and showed signs of being a solid quarterback, but then bad decisions caught up with him as he threw two interceptions. He did throw for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Sims, on the other hand, threw for just 73 yards connecting on 7-of-14 attempts, but he also threw two interceptions and no touchdowns.
If stats show the story of the game, then McCarron clearly looked better. Sims looked rattled at times and didn't show enough poise to be considered the starter of this team. McCarron showed plenty of poise, but throwing two interceptions didn't help his case, either.
Alabama can rest their heads on the ground game being solid, and it needs to be if the offense is going to compete in the SEC. Still, McCarron looks to have won the job, but that doesn't mean that Sims won't get another look.
Sims is loaded with potential and will ultimately be the starter of this team. If McCarron does start to struggle, Saban won't hesitate to put Sims in. If and when that does happen, Sims will need to come out more prepared and ready to play better than he played today.
As of right now, it looks like McCarron will be the guy, but don't be surprised to see Sims come out hungry and ready next time he gets a chance.