Nick Saban needn’t fret over the departure of so many stars from last year’s team. His Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t miss a beat in routing No. 14 Miami to open defense of their national title.
App St. coach Shawn Clark: "I didn't see any holes in their defense. Alabama made a lot more plays at the end. I know from a fan's perspective they see the score and think Miami is down. They're not down. Alabama's that good. Miami's got a talented football team, a lot of pride."
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) September 6, 2021
"The domination that Alabama has had right now, still hasn't topped what [Miami was able to do in the 80s]."
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 6, 2021