TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football gets another FSU for its home opener Saturday. Only this time it’s Fresno State.
The Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Here are predictions from those who cover Alabama football for SEC Country.
Marq Burnett: Alabama 48, Fresno State 0
Honestly, the only good thing about these types of games is Alabama football should get the chance to play a lot of young players. That’s it. Fans should expect to see quite a few of those freshmen who are fighting for reps.
Christopher Walsh: Alabama 48, Fresno State 13
It’s almost impossible to get a handle on the Bulldogs, who have a new coach, new schemes and are coming off a 1-11 season. Last week, they played Incarnate Word, a small FCS school located in San Antonio, Texas. Jeff Tedford has taken over at his alma mater and is best known for his 11 years at Cal, going 82-57 with two 10-win seasons. But he hasn’t led a college program since 2012 and the last time he was a head coach was the CFL’s BC Lions in 2015. Tedford will likely come up with interesting ways to attack the Crimson Tide secondary, but he doesn’t have the same talent as when he was at Cal.
Chris Kirschner: Alabama 47, Fresno State 3
If FLORIDA State couldn’t beat Alabama, there’s no way in hell FRESNO State will. This should be a blowout, and there’s no analysis needed.
Mike Bambach: Alabama 41, Fresno State 0
Fresno State is coming off a 66-0 victory against Incarnate Word, its largest margin of victory since beating New Mexico 94-17 on Oct. 5, 1991. I don’t expect the Bulldogs to score against Alabama’s defense. I also don’t expect the Crimson Tide to run up the score with 66 points either. The biggest prediction: True freshmen Tua Tagovailoa will see playing time at quarterback.
Sean Landry: Alabama 45, Fresno State 6
Fresno State, with all due respect to its 66-0 win over The University of the Incarnate Word, can’t hang. Alabama’s size and speed will overwhelm an offense helmed by a shaky quarterback and a 170-pound running back – even without its linebackers. Expect large doses of Tua Tagovailoa and Najee Harris on offense.
Ryan Fowler: Alabama 42 Fresno State 10
Look for Alabama to have a dominating game against Fresno State. I believe the offense will get back on track Saturday afternoon. More wide receivers should get more opportunities to showcase their talent. Saturday will be important for building more depth and learning which players can be trusted by the coaching staff to have expanded roles in much bigger games. I always look forward to home openers and it will be great to be back inside Bryant-Denny Stadium for another year.
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