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Can injuries, new faces and question marks prevent Tide from rolling Cardinals?

Alabama opens up the 2018 season Saturday night against Louisville. Even though the Tide are a 25-point favorite and few expect the contest to be competitive deep into the second half, there is plenty to watch for when it comes to the Tide.

Alabama is on a 73-game win streak against unranked opponents. With a win Saturday, the Tide set a new record in that category, bumping Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1990-2000 off the mountaintop.

Alabama also has yet to drop a season opener since 2001.

I’m not saying a win is in the bag, but a win is in the bag.

We’ll finally see who starts for the Tide at quarterback. As of Wednesday night, Saban has yet to name a starter. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts could both see time and depending on how competitive this game really is, that could determine who plays more.

Either way, the quarterback question will be answered to an extent on Saturday night.

The Tide have question marks on defense with multiple starters in the linebacking corps missing, an entirely new secondary, and a new defensive coordinator. Saban told reporters Wednesday that Tosh Lupoi would be on the field while Pete Golding would stay in the booth as both coaches will double-team defensive coordinator duties.

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As for the secondary, Saban had this to say:

“I think a lot of progress has been made. We got a lot of new faces, guys have to learn to play together, which they’ve made improvements in communication, it’s something we’ve improved dramatically. So I don’t think we’ll know how their able to perform until they go out there and make the adjustments they need to make and see if we can make the plays we need to make. But I’ve been not satisfied with the progress but certainly pleased with the improvement we’ve been able to make.”

While I don’t foresee Louisville having a ton of success on offense, if this newly renovated secondary is left out to dry too long, Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino will find a way to move the ball.

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