Given that I had convinced myself in the last few weeks of the preseason, for about the 10th year straight, that the Dawgs really could win the SEC this year, I was disappointed in what I saw Saturday. Because that's not how Alabama handles its business week one.
It'd be nice if the administration would work to avoid noon games when it's 175 degrees, though. And Buffalo was not as bad as I was led to expect. There were good parts to that team, if not impressive ones.
Speaking of impressive: Todd Gurley is a beastman. Check this interview / highlights package in which Gurley, unprompted, references Herschel Walker, and it comes off as awesome.
It's a race between Gurley and Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon for freshman of the year, and I say that with no disrespect to Keith Marshall, who looks like he can get it done, too.
I'll leave specifics alone beyond that, except to hope Aaron Murray has discovered his long range touch for good this season, to be happy Rantavious Wooten is making plays, to note strong games from Tavarres King and Michael Bennett, and to hope the suspensions and injuries resolve themselves quickly.
Because that defense didn't look championship caliber to me, I don't care how many guys were out. And that offensive line performance ain't gonna cut it.