TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After an opening game against a power-five opponent, the Alabama football team opens a stretch of two games against lower, group-of-five teams. This weekend it’s Florida Atlantic, which is fresh off of a 55-7 blowout loss to Nebraska.
It’ll give the Crimson Tide a chance to settle down and work on some areas of improvement before Florida comes to town to open SEC play.
Just don’t tell Alabama coach Nick Saban that.
“Why does the external factor of who you're playing have anything to do with how you play?” Saban said. “That means if we're playing against Michael Jordan, we play our best game, if we're playing against another old basketball player, then we play just like another old basketball player? Is that your thinking on this? Because it's not mine. If it's our players' thinking, I can tell you right now I'm going to be pretty pissed about it.”
Here’s everything you need to know:
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Place: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, ESPN 106.3 FM
Spread: Alabama by 40-41, according to Vegas Insider.