Among the 2013 NCAA football live stream and TV games for Saturday, Aug. 31 will be a showdown in Georgia between the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies enter this matchup as the home team, but are currently unranked, while Alabama is looking to make a huge statement in their opening game of the new season. There's some question marks surrounding both teams, including Bama's star quarterback. Today's Alabama vs. Virginia Tech game will be one of the college football live stream and TV games featured from ESPN.
An Aug. 31 Bleacher Report article reported that Joe Schad, National Football reporter for ESPN, has said that quarterback A.J. McCarron will play in today's game, despite his ingrown toenail injury. McCarron was reportedly wearing a walking boot when he arrived to the Georgia Dome this past Friday, with photos posted on Twitter. The star QB practiced all this past week despite the injury, and appears "good to go," as the boot was more of a precautionary measure. McCaron is the first quarterback to win back-to-back consensus national championships, and will look for the three-peat in the 2013 season. They're the current favorites, with large targets on their backs.
One of the first teams to take a shot at them will be Virginia Tech in their season opener. The Hokies' success this season will likely fall upon the broad shoulders of quarterback Logan Thomas. He had a misfire of a season in 2012, after having a great one back in 2011, his first year at the starting QB spot. Thomas, at 6'6" and 257 pounds, has the ability to run the ball when necessary and pound the ball forward for short yardage situations. However, it's his decision making skills that have been lacking, and coach Frank Beamer will need Thomas to really bring his "A game" today if VA Tech has any shot at taking down the No.1 team in the nation.
Virginia Tech finished out their 2012 year on a dismal 7-6 record, due to the 81st overall offensive production in the land. Logan Thomas' lack of accuracy was part of the problem. This could be a season in which the Hokies restore some dignity to their record and possibly, if they can get past their early banged up lineup, get into the bottom of the rankings.
According to SI.com, Hokies' coach Frank Beamer praised today's opponents, saying:
"They've got it all. They do everything well. I think when you play a team like this, the best football team in the country, we can see where we are. It's time to play a ball game and get a starting point and see where we are as a football team."
Today's Alabama vs. Virginia Tech football game has a start time of 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Sports fans can view the matchup on cable or satellite TV on the ESPN channel. In addition, cable and satellite TV customers with access to the WatchESPN service can see the game live streaming online as it's presented. Check more info on how to watch online, here at WatchESPN site.