Bama is definitely struggling at the QB position, and that will hurt them later in the year against stronger opponents, but they will run it down the throat of WVA with three power backs and minimize the QB weakness. It will also open up some passing lanes for some speedy receivers.
I believe the Tide rolls but am nervous about the amount of chalk in an opener at a neutral site. I believe they cover but will take a 3 team teaser with WVA plus 36. I think the line is about right so no straight play for me.
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It’s a mark of just how successful Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama has been that a two-game losing streak represents the lowest point in years. The second-ranked Crimson Tide will try to put a disappointing end to last season behind them when they open up 2014 by playing West Virginia in Atlanta. The expectations for the Mountaineers are decidedly lower following a disappointing 2013, and they will face a pair of top-five teams within the first four games.
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