Alabama vs Colorado State Game Preview: Everything You Need To Know Before Kickoff
Alabama will host the Colorado State Rams for the second time in five seasons on Saturday evening and look to continue its winning streak over unranked opponents.
No. 1 Alabama (2-0) vs Colorado State (2-1)
When: Saturday, September 16 at 6:00 PM/CT
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa
Weather: Forecasts call for a high of 88 degrees but humid with periods of clouds and sun. That humidity will make it feel closer to 100 degrees in the afternoon. A PM shower or thunderstorm is also possible.
TV: ESPN2 (Play-by-play: Mark Jones, color analyst: Rod Gilmore, sideline reporter: Quint Kessenich)
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-by-play: Eli Gold, color analyst: Phil Savage, sideline reporter: Chris Stewart). Listen on 95.3 the Bear and Tide 102.9/100.9 in Tuscaloosa.
Spread: Alabama is a 29-point favorite over Fresno State, according to Bovada. The Crimson Tide is 1-1 ATS in 2017.
Series History: These two programs will meet for the second time on Saturday evening. Alabama won the first meeting in 2013.
Last Meeting: Former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was in his second season as head coach for Colorado State and returned to Tuscaloosa to face his old boss. The Tide led by only 11 points entering the fourth quarter but tacked on two more touchdowns to win 31-6 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Quarterback AJ McCarron finished the day 20 or 26 passing for 258 yards and a touchdown.
Last Week: Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts led the way on the ground and through the air as the Crimson Tide won its home opener over Fresno State, 41-10. Hurts set a new career high with 154 yards rushing to go along with 128 yard passing. True freshman Tua Tagovailoa got his first snaps under center for Alabama and connected with fellow freshman Henry Ruggs III for a 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. In total, Alabama rolled up more than 300 yards rushing while out-gaining the Bulldogs by 233 yards.
Colorado State compiled 605 total yards of offense, the most under head coach Mike Bobo, en route to a 38-10 win over Abilene Christian. Quarterback Nick Stevens maintained his hot start by throwing for 337 yards last Saturday. The senior leads the country in passing with 980 yards through three games. Defensively, the Rams forced two more turnovers to add to their nation's best total of nine for the season.