The Crimson Tide and Hurricanes will square off on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta
Top-ranked Alabama will begin defense of its national championship Saturday when the Crimson Tide take on No. 16 Miami (Fla.) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Crimson Tide will have to replace superstars on offense, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and quarterback Mac Jones, who was a first-round pick by the New England Patriots.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Miami Hurricanes: Livestream, time, date, how to watch
Jones' replacement is sophomore Bryce Young, armed with a five-star recruit pedigree, little experience and a million dollar NIL deal.
Miami will rely on the arms and legs of quarterback D’Eriq King, who is back after a knee injury. He will have to contend with an Alabama defense that is expected to be stout once again.
Alabama is 14-0 under Nick Saban in season openers and has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the schools.
What time does Alabama vs. Miami start?
The game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 4.
What TV channel is Alabama vs. Miami on?
The game will be shown nationally on ABC.
How can I watch Alabama vs. Miami online via live stream?
The game can be streamed on the ESPN app.
Alabama vs. Miami: Prediction, pick, odds, spread, live stream, watch online, TV channel, football game time
In one of the top games of Week 1 of the 2021 college football season, No. 1 Alabama and No. 14 Miami (FL) will meet Saturday in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It'll be a battle of fresh faces vs. experience when the Crimson Tide, the reigning national champions, face the Hurricanes. Alabama will need to replace more than a few offensive superstars who left for the NFL, including receiver DeVonta Smith, last season's Heisman Trophy winner, and star quarterback Mac Jones.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes return several stars on offense, including quarterback D'Eriq King, who should be 100% after suffering a torn ACL in the Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State. If King can get hot against the mighty Crimson Tide defense, it'll go a long way toward catapulting him to the top of the Heisman Trophy race.
Let's break down the matchup and make a pick for Saturday's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
Alabama vs. Miami: Need to know
Alabama's new-look offense: This will be one of coach Nick Saban's toughest tests as far as replacing departed superstars on one side of the ball. Once again, there's a new offensive coordinator (Bill O'Brien) and several players -- quarterback Bryce Young, running back Brian Robinson and wide receiver John Metchie III among them -- expected to take on massive roles in 2021. Young, the former No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2020, will add the quarterback running game into the Tide's arsenal after Jones operated in more of a traditional offense last year. It'll be an interesting matchup against a Miami defense that lost several stars off of its defensive line.
A dangerous Canes offense: One of the most dynamic offenses in the country will hit the field on Saturday, and it won't be the one in the crimson and white. In Year 1 with the Hurricanes, King threw for 2,686 yards, rushed for 538 and totaled 27 touchdowns in 11 games. This time around, he should be even more comfortable in an offense coordinated by Rhett Lashlee. Speaking of Lashlee, keep in mind he was on Auburn's staff in 2010 and 2013 when the Tigers slayed the Alabama dragon. Yes, the Tide's defense should be legit, but so is Miami's offense. This is the kind of strength vs. strength matchup that creates great college football games.
Crimson Tide looking to repeat: As the old adage goes, it's much harder to repeat as national champions than it is to win one. That will be tested this season. Alabama has been in the national title mix every year since 2008, but hasn't gone back-to-back since 2011 and 2012, when college football was more defensively-driven than it is now. Saban has figured out how to win multiple national titles with different styles, but sometimes repeating takes time with players who just enjoyed the ultimate success.
How to watch Alabama vs. Miami live
Date: Saturday, Sept. 4 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium -- Atlanta, Georgia
TV: ABC | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Where To Watch Alabama vs. Miami: Time, Channel, Alabama vs. Miami Live Stream Info
Live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, No. 1 Alabama battles #14 Miami on ABC.
Not only is college football back, but college football is back with a vengeance as the top ranked Crimson Tide battle the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. Miami finished last season with an 8-3 record, losing to Clemson, North Carolina, and Oklahoma State. Alabama finished the 2020 season with… hold on, let me check my notes… yet another championship. Nick Saban’s squad finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record, defeating Ohio State in the National Championship Game. Can the Crimson Tide go back-to-back? Time will tell.
What time is the Alabama/Miami game? How can you watch Alabama vs. Miami live on ABC, ESPN, or Hulu? Here’s everything you need to know.
WHAT TIME IS THE ALABAMA GAME ON TODAY?
Are you ready for some (college) football?! Today’s Alabama vs. Miami game begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN 3.
WHERE TO WATCH ALABAMA VS MIAMI:
If you have a valid cable login, you can watch today’s Alabama/Miami game live on the ABC website, ABC app, Watch ESPN, or the ESPN app.
ALABAMA VS MIAMI LIVE STREAM INFORMATION:
No cable? No problem. You can also stream the Alabama game live with an active subscription to an over-the-top streaming service that offers ABC, including fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV NOW, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. FuboTV and YouTube TV offer free trials for eligible subscribers.
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