Alabama Crimson Tide begin quest for three straight titles



The Alabama Crimson Tide are trying to do something no one has ever done in college football- win three straight national titles. They looked the part in opening week, crushing Virginia tech 35-10.

Bama wide receiver and return man Christion Jones scored three touchdowns and accounted for 256 all-purpose yards (100 via punt returns, 109 via kickoff returns and 47 receiving) as #1 Alabama Crimson Tide owned the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Alabama scored in every facet of the game, notching three non-offensive touchdowns in a game for the first time since September 30, 1995.


According to the Alabama Crimson Tide record book, dating to 1944, Jones is the first player to score two touchdowns via returns in one game.

Then again, the Tide are not really in midseason form yet. The Alabama Crimson Tide offense was limited to just 206 total yards. Quarterback AJ McCarron completed only 10 of 21 pass attempts for 110 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Ugly numbers for a guy whose girlfriend is anything but ugly.


Linebacker C.J. Mosley had seven tackles for Alabama while free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix who’s name never gets made made six stops. Alabama has scored at least one rushing touchdown in 13 of the last 14 games. With Jones’ 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, Alabama Crimson Tide has scored in 157 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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