INSIDE THE SERIES: Alabama and Duke will meet for the fifth time in series history when the two teams square off in the Chick-fila-Kickoff Game on Aug. 31 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Blue Devils picked up their lone win in the first ever meeting with a 29- 26 victory over the Tide in the 1945 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La. Alabama has won the last three matchups against Duke, taking a 35-12 win on Sept. 9, 1972 in Birmingham, Ala., and following that up with a 30-14 victory on Oct. 7, 2006 in Tuscaloosa. In the most recent meeting, Alabama picked up a 62-13 road win in Durham, N.C., on Sept. 18, 2010.
OPENING DAY SUCCESS UNDER SABAN: Alabama has been dominant in season openers under head coach Nick Saban. The Tide is a perfect 12-0 under Saban and has won in impressive fashion. Alabama has outscored its opponents 486-141 in those games and has outgained the opposition, 5,231-2,481. The Tide has averaged 40.5 points per opening contest under Saban and given up just 11.8 points per game. UA has also amassed 435.9 total yards per opener and surrendered just 206.8 yards per matchup.