They went 11-2 last year with an appearance in a BCS bowl game. For 99 percent of college football programs, it would have been a season for the ages.
For Alabama, it was an abject disaster. And the second-ranked Crimson Tide is out to make amends when it opens the season Saturday afternoon against West Virginia.
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Here’s what you need to know about the game:
WHO: Alabama vs. West Virginia
WHEN: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Eastern time
WHERE: The Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
LINE: Alabama by 25 1/2
How to Watch on TV & Online
TV: Unless you live in the Chicago or San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose TV markets, you’ll get the game on ABC. If you’re in one of those markets, you’ll get Cal-Northwestern on ABC and Alabama-West Virginia on ESPN2. Click here to check out ABC and ESPN’s coverage maps.
LIVE STREAM: If you have a cable subscription that includes ESPN, you can watch online for free at WatchESPN.com on desktop or the WatchESPN app for mobile.
Alabama 48, West Virginia 7
‘Bama on a neutral field against a team that went 4-8 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12 last year? We’ll gladly lay the 25 1/2 points and take the Tide to cover.