TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Game week is finally here.
No more empty Saturdays pondering the days until college football season is here. This Saturday, Alabama will hit the Georgia Dome turf for some real, live football against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Two years ago when this game was scheduled, it looked like a doozy, with the Mountaineers looking like a team on the rise under Dana Holgorsen after putting up 70 against Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Not so much anymore. West Virginia proceeded to lose 14 of its next 25 and come stumbling into 2014 looking for answers.
Nick Saban, though, had plenty of good things to say about the Mountaineers on Thursday, the day before the Crimson Tide started putting in West Virginia-specific work.
“They’re a very explosive team, have a lot of team speed, scored a lot of points on a lot of people last year,” he said. “I think when they played well defensively they were a pretty good team. When they didn’t…
“They got a lot of players back on defense, and watching their spring game they looked very good on defense. It’s going to be a real challenge for us as all first games are, but it’s also a great barometer to see where you are. So we’re looking forward to it.”
Here’s everything you need to know:
Date: Saturday, Aug. 30
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 ET)
Place: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, MSN Radio
Spread: Alabama by 26-27 points, according to Vegas Insider.