TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban finds it horrible to even have questions about whether a team could get knocked out of national championship contention after losing the opener.
He doesn't think that would be an issue for either the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide or No. 7 Virginia Tech after Saturday night. Saban noted that SEC teams have won the last three national titles with at least one loss.
The Hokies also have a tough schedule with early games against Nebraska and Miami to improve their stock quickly if they lose.
Saban also released 'Bama's depth chart. Among the changes: Mark Barron starts at strong safety while Justin Woodall shifts to replace Rashad Johnson at free safety. Terry Grant, a forgotten man in last year's backfield, is listed second-team behind Mark Ingram.