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66 straight wins against unranked opponents

NCAA Football: Fresno State at Alabama
Hale Hentges is named team captain and responds with this first career score.
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Well, it wasn’t the 88-0 walloping we were all hoping for but the Crimson Tide moved to 2-0 with relative ease.

60 Crimson Tide players saw playing time including 12 freshmen.

Tracking 12 Alabama freshmen who've played this season after 4 make debut

A total of 12 Alabama true freshmen saw the field in Saturday’s 41-10 win over Fresno State. That means four made their debut after eight saw action on opening night in Atlanta.

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy recorded his first catch as did Henry Ruggs who turned his into a touchdown. Also, Tua Tagovailoa made his much anticipated debut under center.

Why the plan for Alabama backup Tua Tagovailoa worked

"We had a game plan and it's exactly what you saw," Alabama coach Nick Saban said after a 41-10 victory over the Bulldogs. "We were going to put him in the second quarter no matter what the score was. Jalen knew it. Jalen expected it."

So, no quarterback controversy here. Move along. What did you think of the inauguration for Ruggs, Tagovailoa and the other newbies?

The Tide fared a little better on the injury front this week than they did after the FSU game. There were a few nicks and bumps with the most serious coming to Lester Cotton, who was replaced by Josh Casher.

Saban provides positive injury update on Lester Cotton

A few players visited Alabama’s medical tent during the Tide’s win over Fresno State on Saturday. But only one of them left for the locker room and did not return to the game.

On the sideline

Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings — the two injured linebackers Saban expects back “in a couple weeks” — played catch on the Crimson Tide sideline during pregame warmups...

For the record, I also witnessed Shyheim Carter exit the tent but it did not seem serious.

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Fresno State Bulldogs at Alabama Crimson Tide: Odds and Predictions

The one area of concern is that Alabama is just 3-10-1 against team that do not come from the power-5 conferences over their last 14 such meetings.

Make that 3-11-1.

It was nice to see blue collar tight end Hale Hentges find the end zone. Hentges was one of the team captains for this game along with linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and wide receiver Calvin Ridley.

Jalen Hurts’ passing delivers Hale Hentges’ first touchdown

The last touchdown the Alabama tight end scored was in November 2014 during his final game at Helias High School in Jefferson City, Mo. Yet, as a junior at UA, he has played in every single game since he joined the Crimson Tide. That’s 31 matchups without a score.

Up next for Alabama are the Colorado State Rams and head coach Mike Bobo.

CSU offense overcomes early mistakes in victory over Abilene Christian

In a game where the Rams amassed 605 total yards on offense, the most in head coach Mike Bobo’s time at CSU, the 38 points are certainly lower than what the team could have produced.

Does anyone recall who was offensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2008 Blackout game?

BTW, have you heard of this Justin Thomas guy? Even when things go bad, he is pretty darn good. #BuiltByBama

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Alabama has now defeated former #3 Florida State by 17 and unranked Fresno State by 31. Things have not exactly gone like clockwork, but you know they old saying: “Just win, baby!”

The Tide is blessed with another chance to improve against the Mountain West Rams before SEC play begins. This song needs to be theme of this week.

Go forth, be safe, ignore the haters, and Roll all Tides.

Poll

Which freshman had the best Tuscaloosa debut?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Tua Tagovailoa
    (188 votes)
  • 46%
    Najee Harris
    (361 votes)
  • 6%
    Jerry Jeudy
    (47 votes)
  • 17%
    Henry Ruggs
    (136 votes)
  • 5%
    Irv Smith
    (46 votes)
778 votes total Vote Now