Bama faces Duke to open another season of high expectations
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban prepares for a team coach photo prior to Alabama's fall camp fan-day NCAA college football scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This is the time of year when the Southeastern Conference usually validates its claim as the best league in college football by dominating neutral-site nonconference matchups. The SEC is 21-6 in regular-season nonconference games against Power Five opponents at neutral sites since 2012. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa scrambles during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson in Santa Clara, Calif. Tagovailoa has been studying men from the Bible, like Joseph, Moses and David. The Alabama quarterback can draw from their successes and failures and the fact that they each had some of both. Now, Tagovailoa has, too, after an almost too-good-to-be-true start to his college career.
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban reacts after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson in Santa Clara, Calif. For the first time, the defending national champion Clemson Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. The Crimson Tide, coming off a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship, is No. 2. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) is sacked by Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses (32) and linebacker Anfernee Jennings (33) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The hits keep on coming for Alabama’s defense in 2019. The latest blow to the second-ranked Crimson Tide defenders was Tuesday’s, Aug. 27, 2019, knee injury to star middle linebacker Dylan Moses. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)