Alabama, for the first time in what seems like a millennium, is playing football today.
The No 2. Crimson Tide on Saturday will begin a bid for their 18th national championship — and sixth under coach Nick Saban — in Columbia, Mo., against Missouri. It’s a tough ask for the hosting Tigers and first-year coach Eliah Drinkwitz, who likely could not have drawn a worst first opponent in this COVID-19-affected season. He, at least publicly, has said he’s ready for the challenge the Tide will bring with them.
That said, don’t expect an overly raucous crowd at Faurot Field to back the team up; Missouri is allowing no more than 25 percent of its usual 62,621 capacity into the stadium. That’s just one of many differences to expect for Alabama and the SEC this season — not to mention the 10-game, conference-only schedule that will bleed into December or the Dec. 19 conference championship game.
Look for a few changes to the Alabama team itself as well: Gone are such offensive staples as receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills. Gone too is all-world quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but at least Tide fans know what to expect from starter Mac Jones, who filled in admirably in the final three-and-a-half games. The return of running back Najee Harris and receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are also reasons for optimism in a world without Tagovailoa.
Defensively, Alabama will be happy to see the return of linebacker Dylan Moses, an otherworldly talent who missed all of 2020 with a torn ACL. Indeed, Saban and Co. will look to get several injured contributors back on the defensive side of the ball this year, returning to a play style that consistently saw the unit ranked among the best in the nation prior to the last couple of seasons.
Drinkwitz has yet to name a starting quarterback for the Tigers — the team has four listed on its roster — but look for running back Larry Roundtree III to be a big part of the team’s game plan as the new starter settles in. Defensively, look for the Tigers to rely on a defense that ranked 14th nationally in total defense (312 yards per game) and 17th in scoring defense (19.5 points per game).
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Alabama at Missouri game on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channels and more.
What channel is Alabama vs. Missouri on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: Watch ESPN, fuboTV
Alabama vs. Missouri will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. ET. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay and Allison Williams are on the call.
Alabama vs. Missouri start time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 26
- Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Alabama’s game against Missouri is one of two scheduled ESPN broadcasts the Crimson Tide will have in 2020, the other being the Oct. 31 visit from Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide will also be featured on “SEC on CBS” three times: vs. Texas A&M (Oct. 3), vs. Georgia (Oct. 17) and at LSU (Nov. 14). The Tide’s five remaining games are to be determined.
Alabama football schedule 2020
|Week 4||Sept. 26||Alabama at Missouri|
|Week 5||Oct. 3||Texas A&M at Alabama|
|Week 6||Oct. 10||Alabama at Ole Miss|
|Week 7||Oct. 17||Georgia at Alabama|
|Week 8||Oct. 24||Alabama at Tennessee|
|Week 9||Oct. 31||Mississippi State at Alabama|
|Week 10||Nov. 7||Bye|
|Week 11||Nov. 14||Alabama at LSU|
|Week 12||Nov. 21||Kentucky at Alabama|
|Week 13||Nov. 28||Auburn at Alabama|
|Week 14||Dec. 5||Alabama at Arkansas|