The Tide open the 2023 campaign with Middle Tennessee on Sept. 2, and I think we will see a mix of Milroe and Simpson with maybe a drive or two for Buchner. I don’t think it will really be until Week 2 against Texas that we have a firm grasp on who the guy is.
I think Simpson will be the guy. Milroe’s athleticism is special, and that alone can win you 90% of the games. But to beat Georgia and Ohio State, you need to have a strong passing attack, and from what we have seen so far from him it doesn’t indicate he can dice up an elite level defense.
Simpson on the other hand is very polished, he has been in the system since January 2022, and, most importantly, he is the least likely to make a mistake. He will extend plays with his feet. With a great running game and the weapons he has on the outside, I think he will really grow into the role.
From what I have seen so far, I am not sold on Milroe. He has shown some really promising glimpses, but he’s going to need to play at a much more consistent level. I think Buchner’s style of play is similar to Simpson, and he provides a great safety net at the position. Regardless of which direction Saban goes, he knows he has options, and the QB battle may even remain open throughout the season.