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Tide, Tech looking for strong start

Updated: September 5, 2009, 1:07 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban wasn't sure how his team would react to playing in one of college football's biggest openers last season.

The Crimson Tide were coming off a 7-6 campaign in Saban's first season at Alabama, including losses to Louisiana-Monroe and rival Auburn.

There were so many questions surrounding the Crimson Tide that they started the 2008 season unranked in the USA Today coaches' top 25 poll.

But after blasting No. 9 Clemson 34-10 ...

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