Miami football week 1 opponent Crimson Tide named overrated by Alabama website

1 JAN 1993: MandatoryCredit: Tim Defrisco/ALLSPORT
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The most prominent news site in Alabama, AL.Com, stated that Alabama might be overrated in an article published on Friday. The Miami football team plays Alabama in its season opener on September 4 in Atlanta. Alabama is without a doubt overrated according to AL.Com after the USA Today Coaches Poll was released on August 10.

Alabama is ranked number one in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Media Poll that was released on Monday. The Miami football team is opening its season against the top-ranked team for the first time since 1988. The 1988 Miami football team was the defending National Champion. Miami crushed Florida State in the 1988 opener 31-0.

Alabama has 12 returning starters in 2021, nine on defense and three on offense. Miami returns 19 starters in 2021, 10 on offense and nine on defense. The Hurricanes lost tight end Brevin Jordan from its offense and defense ends Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche from the defense. Quarterback D’Eriq King leads returnees.

Miami could have one of the best chances to defeat Alabama during the 2021 season by playing them in week one. The Hurricanes are a consensus 18.5 point underdog in week one to the Crimson Tide. Joseph Goodman of AL.Com has doubt about Alabama being the number one ranked team to begin the 2021 season.

"“Without a doubt this Alabama team in its preseason form should be considered overrated. No.1 out of the gate? How? After what they lost off of last season’s team?…Nah…Maybe at the end, sure, but not here at the beginning…The answer is a big no on Alabama actually being the best team in the country in Week One…There are serious questions. First: How does an offense replace a player of (Heisman Trophy winner  De’Vonta) Smith’s caliber, and then also find someone to account for the loss of running back Najee Harris? Oh, and that guy, Mac Jones, who the Patriots drafted to replace Tom Brady. Him, too.There’s a new starting quarterback, though, and a new offensive coordinator, and a trio of new guys on the offensive line.”"

Miami has not defeated the number one team in college football since a 27-24 victory over Florida State in 2000. Since the 2000 victory over the Seminoles, Miami has losses to number one Clemson in 2017 and 2020. Miami played Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in December 2017 and on October 10, 2020.

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The Tigers dominated Miami with a 38-3 victory in 2017 and 42-17 last season. Playing Alabama week one with new players and coordinators for the Crimson Tide could benefit the Hurricanes. Goodman knows Alabama as well as anyone. We will find out on the Mercedes Benz Stadium Field if Alabama is overrated in week one.