Alabama VS Miami, learn how to watch live stream online free. The Miami Hurricanes are starting 2021 with perhaps the toughest task of opening weekend — facing the defending national champions, No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 14 Miami (FL) will meet Saturday in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in one of the most highly anticipated games of Week 1 of the 2021 college football season. It’ll be a battle of fresh faces vs. experience when the Crimson Tide faces the Hurricanes. Alabama, the reigning national champion, will need to replace more than a few offensive superstars who left for the NFL, including receiver DeVonta Smith, last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, and star quarterback Mac Jones.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes return several stars on offense, including quarterback D’Eriq King, who should be 100% after suffering a torn ACL in the Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State. If King can get hot against the mighty Crimson Tide defense, it’ll go a long way toward catapulting him to the top of the Heisman Trophy race.
Let’s break down the matchup and make a pick for Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
Alabama’s new-look offense: This will be one of coach Nick Saban’s toughest tests as far as replacing departed superstars on one side of the ball. Once again, there’s a new offensive coordinator (Bill O’Brien) and several players — quarterback Bryce Young, running back Brian Robinson, and wide receiver John Metchie III among them — expected to take on massive roles in 2021.
Young, the former No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, will add the quarterback running game into the Tide’s arsenal after Jones operated in more of a traditional offense last year. It’ll be an interesting matchup against a Miami defense that lost several stars off of its defensive line.
A dangerous Canes offense: One of the most dynamic offenses in the country will hit the field on Saturday, and it won’t be the one in the crimson and white. In Year 1 with the Hurricanes, King threw for 2,686 yards, rushed for 538, and totaled 27 touchdowns in 11 games.
This time around, he should be even more comfortable in an offense coordinated by Rhett Lashlee. Speaking of Lashlee, keep in mind he was on Auburn’s staff in 2010 and 2013 when the Tigers slew the Alabama dragon. Yes, the Tide’s defense should be legit, but so is Miami’s offense. This is the kind of strength vs. strength matchup that creates great college football games.
Crimson Tide looking to repeat: As the old adage goes, it’s much harder to repeat as national champions than it is to win one. That will be tested this season. Alabama has been in the national title mix every year since 2008 but hasn’t gone back-to-back since 2011 and 2012 when college football was more defensively driven than it is now.
Saban has figured out how to win multiple national titles with different styles, but sometimes repeating takes time with players who just enjoyed the ultimate success.
The ‘Canes, who finished 2020 with an 8-3 record, haven’t faced Alabama since the 1993 Sugar Bowl, which decided the national champion for the 1992 season. The Crimson Tide won that game 34-13.
Alabama is the preseason favorite, but they have a lot of new players in key positions, including quarterback Bryce Young. Miami, USA Today’s preseason No. 20, is returning 19 of 22 starters and has one of the most experienced QBs in D’Eriq King.
The sixth-year senior transferred to the Hurricanes from the University of Houston before the 2020 season and has 33 total career starts. Though King suffered a knee injury in Miami’s loss to Oklahoma State in the Cheez-It Bowl to end last season, he and the rest of Manny Diaz’s team are ready for the challenge of Nick Saban and Alabama’s ever rolling tide.