TUSCALOOSA, Ala — Alabama football gets its final non-conference tuneup Saturday night before SEC play.
Alabama (2-0) hosts Colorado State (2-1) inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Here are predictions from those who cover Alabama football for SEC Country.
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.