The University of Alabama football team will host its season opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium for a second straight year.
Nick Saban enjoys marquee matchups against elite programs at neutral sites, but he relishes an opportunity to see his team perform in front of Crimson Tide fans in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tide opens with Middle Tennesee State in a good first test on Saturday, as the Blue Raiders are coming off an 8-5 season in 2022. Many view the matchup as a runaway victory for Alabama; however, MTSU returns playmakers that will test the Tide’s offense and defense. Coach Saban wants to see the team implement its identity early against the Blue Raiders. Alabama has Steve Sarkisian and Texas next week, but there are two reasons why Middle Tennessee State is a quality first test. Both reasons are below as the game will be aired on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. CT.
1. MTSU’s defense will test Alabama’s offensive balance
Alabama looks to be physical offensively and take shots in the passing game.
We do not know what Tommy Rees may scheme up, but MTSU has the athletes to prevent explosive plays.
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