The Crimson Tide’s second home game is set for Saturday, Sept. 16 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Here’s the info you need for the game:
Alabama (2-0) vs. Colorado State (2-1)
Kickoff Time: 6:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Radio: 102.9 FM
Line: Alabama by 27
Need To Know
Alabama’s clear bag policy is in effect. Clear plastic totes are not to exceed 12″x 6″x 12″. Fans are permitted to bring a one-gallon clear plastic bag or a small clutch/purse not to exceed 4.5″x 6.5″. Backpacks, large purses, camera bags, diaper bags and other non-clear bags are not permitted.
Gates open two hours prior to kickoff.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
Key Stat: Jeudy has just one reception for eight yards this season.
Alabama fans saw what Jeudy can do in the Crimson Tide’s spring game, but they are still waiting for the freshman to have his breakout game in 2017. It’s time. If Jalen Hurts isn’t running free the same way he did against Fresno State it could mean a big day for the receivers against the Rams. Look for Jeudy to score his first touchdown this week.
Key Stat: Scott averages 45.6 yards per punt for his career.
The Colorado-native punter is now handling the kickoff duties for Alabama and has done a nice job so far in 2017. Seven of the 14 kicks by Scott this year have gone for a touchback and six of his nine punts have been downed inside of the 20-yard line. The Crimson Tide didn’t have to punt much last week, but backing up an efficient Colorado State offense would be helpful to Alabama’s defense this Saturday. In the summer Scott was named to the Ray Guy Award’s preseason watch list.
Key Stat: Dwight recorded three tackles and the only sack of Fresno State’s Chason Virgil.
Dwight has largely been a backup in his time with the Crimson Tide, but could find his way to the field to provide more depth on the defensive line this season. He put together a great performance against Fresno State last week and will try to repeat that against another non-conference opponent where he should see similar playing time. Continue to keep an eye on the junior as Alabama’s pass-rushers get healthy.
Key Stat: Stevens leads the FBS in passing yards with 980 on the season. The Rams have already played in three games.
Nick Saban called the most efficient passer the Crimson Tide will have played against to this point in the season. Colorado State managed to score 58 points against Pac-12 opponent Oregon State in the first game of the season, and a big part of that was Steven’s ability to find the open man. The next week Colorado held the Rams to just three points, but Stevens still threw for over 300 yards. The redshirt senior has six touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.
Key Stat: Gallup has eight 100-yard games at Colorado State.
Gallup is not only the Rams’ best target on offense, but he might be their best player overall. The first-team All-Mountain West receiver is a big-play threat that came over from junior college to be the center of the Colorado State passing attack. He already has two 100-yard games this season against Oregon State and Abilene Christian and he averages 15.5 yards per catch in his career. Alabama will certainly spotlight Gallup on defense.
Key Stat: Hicks had two interceptions last week against Abilene Christian.
Hicks has some momentum behind him after recording two interceptions last week. The sophomore already has 14 tackles on the season for the Rams, which is impressive for a safety who doesn’t play around the line of scrimmage often. In both of Colorado State’s games against Pac-12 opponents Hicks recorded six tackles, and he saw time in nine games as a freshman last season. Covering Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy downfield will be his toughest test yet.
Key Stat: Pannunzio was rated a three-star recruit coming out of high school by ESPN.
Does the last name sound familiar? That’s because Isiah Pannunzio is the nephew of Alabama special-teams coordinator Joe Pannunzio. Isiah Pannunzio isn’t a focus of the Rams’ offense just yet, but he should see the field at some point against the Crimson Tide.