Miami Hurricanes
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#1 Alabama vs #14 Miami is going to define the winning team’s season. If Alabama loses then they will be talked about less at the end of the season. This is a must-win for Miami because it will show that they are on the rise, and they deserve a playoff spot.  Many questions will be answered in this game. Will Alabama ever fall from being the best team? Will Miami make a comeback and be one of the best teams again? 

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama is one of the best teams in college football and they might be the best team in college football. It seems that Alabama is always in the conversation for the College Football Playoffs even after losing one game. With Mac Jones being drafted, they look to Bryce Young to carry the offense. Bryce Young did not play too much in the 2020 season and the stats that he had were not that great. All the eyes will be on Young and how he will be in his first start. It will also come down to their new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. 

Alabama’s defense is going to have to keep the offense in the game early, with a new play-caller and quarterback, they might start a little slow. Luckily for them, they did not lose too many notable defensive players and will pick up right where they left off last season. The defense needs to not allow Miami to have too many passing yards and make the Miami offense run the ball more. They also must be able to stop the runs because it will not only be the running back running. They averaged 239.2 passing yard per game and 113.1 rushing yards per game. Their defense must start strong and play hard the whole game. 

Miami Hurricanes

Miami will have their star quarterback back after tearing their ACL in the final game last season. D’Eriq King must continue right where he left off last year if they want to have a chance against Alabama. King had 2,686 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. He also had 538 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns. King needs to carry the offense and have a great game so that they have a chance to win the game. 

Miami’s defense needs to step up and take control of this game. They did not have the best control over games in 2020 and they cannot do the same against Alabama. Their defense allowed an average of 408.4 yards of total offense a game in 2020. Their offense cannot carry them this game. The Miami defense needs to slow the Alabama offense down early. If they can do, then their offense can do their thing and make the game close. 

Miami has a lot of work to do this week. This game will not be easy and will be a huge change for their defense. Alabama just needs to play their game and not let Miami take control of this game. If they can do that then it will be a blowout early.

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