Alabama vs Kent State Game Preview: Everything You Need To Know Before Kickoff
No. 1 Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC) vs No. Kent State (1-2, 0-0 MAC)
When: Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 AM CT
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Weather: Mostly sunny and very warm. A high of 95 degrees.
TV: SEC Network (Play-by-play: Tom Hart, color analyst: Andre Ware, sideline reporter: Cole Cubelic)
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 in Tuscaloosa.
Spread: Alabama is a 44-point favorite, according to Bovada. The Crimson Tide is 1-2 against the spread in 2016.
Series History: Alabama and Kent State will meet for just the second time ever on Saturday. The Crimson Tide won the first matchup in 2011.
Last Meeting: The two teams met to open the 2011 season, and it was the first game after the devastating 2011 tornado. Quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims were competing for the starting spot after Greg McElroy's departure, and McCarron threw for 226 yards and a touchdown. Alabama would go on to win 48-7.
Last Week: The Crimson Tide overcame a 24-3 deficit to pull out the largest comeback win in the Nick Saban era at Ole Miss. Quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 158 yards and rushed for 146 more as Alabama outscored the Rebels 45-6 over a 25-minute stretch in the second, third, and fourth quarters. The offense, defense, and special teams all scored in the 48-43 win.
After an 0-2 start, Kent State rebounded for a 27-7 win at home against Monmouth. The Golden Flashes held the Hawks to just 199 yards of total offense and allowed two third-down conversions in 15 tries.