Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: In the long run, Tide's Saturday troubles really don't matter
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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AJ McCarron and his Alabama offense struggled to move the ball as much as they wanted in Saturday's 35-10 win over Virginia Tech. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
AJ McCarron and his Alabama offense struggled to move the ball as much as they wanted in Saturday's 35-10 win over Virginia Tech. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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National championships aren’t won in the opening week of the season, which is why it’s puzzling so many Alabama fans are doling out heavy criticism after the Tide’s 35-10 win over Virginia Tech.

It’s the opening game, nothing more.

Just win it and move on. If Alabama plays for the SEC Championship Game in the same Georgia Dome it visited Saturday, nothing about what happened against Virginia Tech will make one bit of difference.

Besides, it’s better to have offensive line issues now than later in the year. It gives Alabama’s linemen a point of education, similar to what they faced last season after a 35-0 win over Western Kentucky. That game came in the second week of the season, and Alabama allowed six quarterback sacks.

In 2009, Alabama beat Virginia Tech in the season opener 34-24, which is the most points the Tide allowed that year. In a sloppy performance, the Crimson Tide allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown, made two turnovers and needed a late 74-yard drive to put away the Hokies, finally.

The defense, for the most part, however, was solid – just as it was Saturday.

Openers aren’t perfect, nor are they supposed to be. Maybe the biggest learning point from Saturday is this – Alabama looked sloppy and still beat a decent team by 25 on a neutral field.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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