Alabama: QB AJ McCarron: The nation's most efficient passer in 2012, McCarron has a bounty of weapons to choose from, led by WR Amari Cooper and TB T.J. Yeldon. He said he's never had better chemistry with a group of receivers.
Virginia Tech: RB Trey Edmunds. The redshirt freshman,Borussia Dortmund Trikot G��nstig Kaufen, son of NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Edmunds, could be the go-to tailback with J.C. Coleman recuperating from two sprained ankles. Coleman took over midway through last season and had 492 yards and 21 catches.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Virginia Tech vs. No.1 Alabama in Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Alabama, which won the first 10 meetings in the series,Wholesale Jerseys China, has captured national titles in four of the last five seasons when the Tide and Hokies played (1973,Cheap Liverpool Shirts Uk, '78, '79 and 2009). Virginia Tech's lone series win was 38-7 in the 1998 Music City Bowl. ... The Hokies have just 10 seniors combined on their offensive and defensive two-deep. ... Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and line coach Jeff Grimes were in those positions at Auburn, which produced a meager 163 total yards against Alabama last season. Loeffler has a much more dangerous quarterback now.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Series record: Alabama leads 11-1.
FACTS &,Hydro Flask Sale; FIGURES
Alabama's defense was the nation's stingiest last season but faces a big challenge in 6-foot-6, 254-pound dual-threat quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas has 20 career rushing touchdowns and needs just 922 yards to pass Tyrod Taylor as the Hokies' top all-time passer.
Virginia Tech could make quite a statement after its worst season in two decades (7-6) by becoming the first unranked team to beat a No. 1 since Oregon State's 27-21 victory over Southern California on Sept. 21,Air Max 90 Saldi, 2008. The Crimson Tide is the favorite to win a third straight national title,White NFL Jerseys Cheap, and a strong performance would indicate that complacency hasn't set in.
Line: Alabama by 19-1/2.