Alabama and Colorado State play at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 16. Alabama is a 28-point favorite.
After beating Fresno State, 41-10, last Saturday to improve to 2-0, the top-ranked Alabama football team turns its attention to Colorado State, the Tide’s last nonconference opponent before opening SEC play.
Alabama is a four-touchdown favorite in this one, but don’t tell Alabama coach Nick Saban or you’ll upset him. The best thing about these types of games is Alabama will have the opportunity to rest some veterans and play young players. Don’t tell Saban that, either.
Find full odds and our picks on the game below.
Alabama-Colorado State betting odds
Alabama is a 28.5-point favorite, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 54.5 points. Alabama is 1-1 against the spread this season.
Alabama-Colorado State betting picks
Marq Burnett: Alabama 41, Colorado State 10
A night game in Bryant-Denny Stadium should be a good time. Other than that, don’t expect much competition in this one. Look for Alabama to get young players in by the second half. This is the last opportunity Alabama will have to play young guys as SEC play cranks up next week with a trip to Vanderbilt.
Christopher Walsh: Alabama 39, Colorado State 13
Mike Bobo’s team is off to a 2-1 start, including an impressive win against Oregon State and a loss to its biggest rival, Colorado. The Rams have a lot of key returning players including quarterback Nick Stevens, but this will be their first road game of the season. The last time Colorado State visited Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama was flat during a 31-6 victory in 2013. The Crimson Tide won’t be limited to 66 rushing yards again.
Chris Kirschner: Alabama 38, Colorado State 10
Colorado State coach Mike Bobo has done a good job since taking over the program, but his team is no match for Alabama. This weekend’s game should present another opportunity for the Tide to play their freshmen for a good stretch of time.
Mike Bambach: Alabama 45, Colorado State 10
I predict that Alabama will end Nick Stevens’ three-game streak of 300-yard passing games this season and hand Mike Bobo his first coaching loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Stevens leads FBS with 985 yards passing, but he will find the going a lot tougher against Minkah Fitzpatrick & Co. Bobo, the former Georgia quarterback, was 2-0 at Alabama as a Georgia assistant coach — including a 26-23 win against Nick Saban in 2007.
Ryan Fowler: Alabama 42, Colorado State 17
Final tuneup game before Alabama opens up SEC play; this is perfect for the Tide. Colorado State brings in an offensive attack that has averaged more than 500 yards in 3 games. Rams offensive coordinator Will Friends is no stranger to Bryant-Denny Stadium; he played at Alabama and started four years at guard in the 90’s. I believe the Rams will put up yardage against the Crimson Tide defense, but not enough. Look for Alabama’s offense to continue improving in key areas against inferior competition.
Sean Landry: Alabama 42, Colorado State 17
It’s the defense’s turn to be stretched against lower-level competition. Colorado State under Mike Bobo boasts a speedy and experienced offense, and Alabama’s tackling will have to be better than it was against Fresno State. Don’t expect many fireworks on offense, but Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa will continue to work the game plan competently.
Alabama-Colorado State betting preview
- Nonconference opponents: Saban owns a 47-6 record against nonconference opponents as Alabama coach, including a 30-1 mark at home. The Tide are on a 28-game home win streak against nonconference opponents since losing to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007.
- Injury updates: Saban said running back Josh Jacobs (hamstring) and linebackers Rashaan Evans (groin) and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) will be evaluated later in the week to determine if they can play. Jacobs has missed both games this season. Evans and Jennings were absent from the Fresno State game.
- Series history: Alabama and Colorado State will meet for the second time on Saturday. Alabama defeated Colorado State 31-6 on Sept. 21, 2013. Current Florida coach Jim McElwain, who is one of Saban’s former offensive coordinators at Alabama, was the coach at Colorado State at the time.
- Close to the vest: Against Fresno State, Saban said the plan was always to play backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa at some point early on so he could get snaps with the first-team offense. On Wednesday, Saban said he hasn’t decided how Alabama will handle the quarterbacks, and if he did know, he wouldn’t tell reporters