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The more things change, the more Alabama’s never-ending supply of 5-star defenders robs opposing offenses of hope. As Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News wrote, the defense was definitively the story of the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win over Florida State, after a marked improvement in the second half that smothered the Seminoles and resulted in three straight turnovers.
Of course, two of the biggest plays came from Alabama’s special teams — a blocked punt by Damien Harris and a forced fumble by Dylan Moses.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 3, 2017
- TideSports intern Terrin Waack’s useful once-over of the game includes an interesting quote from Nick Saban on the special teams.
- For a full transcript and video of Saban’s postgame comments head to BamaOnline.
- Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com said the road to the title runs through Alabama, again, as usual. Our Christopher Walsh concurred that Alabama still is the king of college football.
- In fact, our Kyle Tucker wrote, Alabama should be downright feared.
Failure to launch
The wait to attach an identity to Brian Daboll’s Alabama offense goes on, per Aaron Suttles of TideSports. Alabama struggled to hit a rhythm, with its all-SEC quarterback stifled by All-America Derwin James. But, as Matt Zenitz of AL.com wrote, the signs were there if you knew what to scrutinize.
But it wasn’t all bad, with Hurts unleashing this inch-perfect pass to Calvin Ridley in stride for a touchdown:
- Watch the Alabama leaders recap the game, from Molly Catherine Walsh of TideSports.
- Few people are as plugged in to the state of the Crimson Tide as Aaron Suttles, who has 10 takeaways from the game, largely focused on the underdeveloped offense.
- The Chick-fil-A kickoff game was ESPN’s best-rated season opener ever, and drew a 46.6 in Birmingham.
- For a thorough recap of Alabama’s win, check Off the Marq with our Marq Burnett and his report card.
Alabama’s victory didn’t come without cost — four key players, to be exact. Two of those players — linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis — will be out for the season, per an AL.com report. That, alongside a moderate injury for Anfernee Jennings, leaves Alabama with few pass-rushing options. Fortunately, Rashaan Evans’ groin strain is minor enough to ensure he’ll be back for SEC competition.
The injuries were enough for at least one writer to label the game a “Pyrrhic victory,” strong as that may be.
But Alabama didn’t lose the most. Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois tore his patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season. Francois went down holding his left knee after a Ronnie Harrison tackle.
— Ronnie Harrison II (@Rharr_15) September 3, 2017
Built by ‘Bama
Tom Lovelady closed his round Sunday at the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship with a birdie to clinch his PGA Tour card.
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) September 3, 2017
- And on the PGA Tour, Justin Thomas posted 12 “3s” on Sunday afternoon to secure a share of the lead headed into the final day of the Dell Technologies Championship, part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. His 63 on the day left him 12 under par.
This dude @JustinThomas34 bout break steph record for 3s
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) September 3, 2017
- More than 1,000 players were cut from NFL rosters on Saturday. See how the Alabama players fared.
The Maine, the myth, the legend, Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson is back with the first installment of “How Alabama fans watched football” of the season. And he’s in midseason form.
How Bama Fans Watched Week One Of The 2017 Season pic.twitter.com/ARJWBRAirn
— FunnyMaine.com (@FunnyMaine) September 3, 2017
Around the Capstone
The Alabama soccer team swept its trip to Mobile, Ala., beating three-time defending Sun Belt Champion South Alabama, 2-1, on Friday evening before dominating Troy, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon. The volleyball team didn’t fare quite as well but still went 2-1 at the Jaguar Invitational, with its only loss coming in straight sets to Southern Miss.
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