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Alabama head coach Nick Saban
Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. ET
The biggest game of the weekend takes center stage at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night, when No. 2 Alabama takes on No. 8 Michigan in the Cowboys Classic.
This game will define the season.
The winner will have a jump start on the competition for the national title, while the loser will need help from other teams in order to play for the crystal football.
Alabama is looking to fill a lot of holes on defense, but it's filling them with relatively experienced players, for the most part. But inexperience oftentimes leads to a lack of discipline, and that's something that Alabama desperately needs against a quarterback like Denard Robinson.
Alabama's offensive line will have its way with Michigan, and talented running backs Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, Dee Hart and Jalston Fowler will prove that this is a committee to be reckoned with.
The Crimson Tide will leave no doubt that they're the more talented team, but Robinson will do enough to keep Michigan in the ballgame.
This one's a little more high-scoring than people expect, but the game won't be as close as the final score suggests.
Score prediction: Alabama 35, Michigan 28