Kent State vs. Alabama: 7 Things We've Learned About Both Teams on Saturday

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Kent State vs. Alabama: 7 Things We've Learned About Both Teams on Saturday
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In their season opener on Sept. 3, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (10-3) takes on Kent State (5-7).

Their 2011 campaign, which begins in search of a national championship, takes place in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The team hopes for redemption in a city that had recently been savaged by an April 27 tornado.

For Alabama, today is more important than just a football game. 101,000 fans have come out to see their Crimson Tide face off against Kent State.

Head Coach Nick Saban came into this game undefeated (4-0) in season openers for the Crimson, and Alabama has more opening day victories than any other team in the high-powered SEC.

In terms of the SEC, Alabama went into the game thinking that they certainly drew the right straw by getting to play Kent State in Week 1. The team, which hopes to become the best Alabama team of all time, opens up the season with a relatively easy schedule against Kent State.

A main question from the day comes from the Alabama quarterback position, which opens the season in a position battle between AJ McCarron and redshirt freshman hyped ESPNU top-rated quarterback Phillip Sims.

Alabama fans also are left to wonder what sorts of holes are left with the departures of first-round pick Julio Jones and former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.

Trent Richardson, who looks to become a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy, and the rest of his Alabama football team, enters the game as 38.5-point favorites over Kent State. Yet according to BetOnline.com, most fans continue to pick Roll Tide.

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