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Video of Saturday pregame ceremonies, postgame celebration

Earlier, we brought you the tailgating scene from yesterday’s season opener with Kent State. Now we move ahead in the action to take a look at the pregame ceremonies honoring and remembering tornado victims and former Alabama player Aaron Douglas.

Also see the halftime performance by the Million Dollar Band and the scene on the field after the game.

 


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My prediction for today’s game

It’s a tradition like many others. We pick the winner of every game we cover. Today’s season opener for Alabama with Kent State is no different. Here’s what ran in print today:

I haven’t heard of anyone taking the leap and prediction a monumental upset in this one, so don’t expect me to step out of line on this one. Alabama obviously has the talent edge in every facet of the game. The only question is the final score.

It’s hard to predict a shutout regardless of the situation. One big play erases that. Just see Alabama’s meeting with first-year program Georgia State. A kickoff return for touchdown gave the visitors their seven points.

Prediction: Alabama 45, Kent State 7

Now it’s your turn. Pick the winner with the score in the comments section. Good luck beating the sports writer. Price is Right rules in play. Closest to the score without going over gets mentioned prominently on the blog.

Much more to come from Bryant-Denny Stadium today. See ya there


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Your guide to game day parking, traffic patterns

If you’re headed to Tuscaloosa for tomorrow’s season opener with Kent State, you’re gonna want to read on. There will be 101,000 of you entering a small, congested area.

So you’re going to want a plan to park, then escape the logjam that is the postgame.

Click here for the UA Gameday site run by the university with all the instructions you can handle. For parking specific info, click here or see the maps below.

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Then for the postgame exit…


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Wanna see a picture of Nick Saban from Kent State playing days?

Does this count as a smile? (Photo courtesy of Kent State media relations)

This picture came from either Nick Saban’s junior or senior year at Kent State (1971 or ’72) when he was a starting defensive back.

Update: Here’s another picture of him from his sophomore season in 1970.

(Courtesy Kent State media relations)

That was partially the topic of the story I wrote for print today.

TUSCALOOSA — Nick Saban admits his long-term memory isn’t what it once was.

The details are growing fuzzy for the Alabama coach, but he can’t forget the impact made by the six years he spent in Kent, Ohio, in the early and mid-1970s. Without it, there’s no telling where he would be today.

This Saturday, his past meets his present. His alma mater and first employer Kent State visits Alabama to open his 39th season as a football coach.

Following his senior season as a Golden Flash defensive back, a young Saban faced life at the crossroads. Coaching football wasn’t even part of the plan, originally. But after receiving his diploma, he faced a dilemma.

Saban was already married to wife Terry Saban, and she had another year of school to complete at Kent State. He couldn’t move away and start a career somewhere else, though he said his first goal was to own a car dealership.

“I guess because my dad had a service station and I worked on cars from the time I was 11 years old, I always had this fetish for cars,” Saban said. “When you were pumping gas and you had to go out and wait on a car when a guy came in with a brand new GTO, that was a big deal.

“It was almost like scoring a touchdown that you could check the oil on a brand new GTO or whatever the hot car was at that time.”

Read the rest by clicking here or here.


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Saban talks Duron Carter, Kent State

Here are the quick highlights of Nick Saban’s turn on the first weekly SEC teleconference of the season:

  • On Duron Carter, Saban said he will be able to help the team “later on down the road.” He likes size, speed, ability to run routes.
  • Carter will start implementing himself with offense next week. He doesn’t want to risk injury by throwing him out there with limited practice time.
  • Challenges with Kent State come from playing a team with a new head coach and unknown variables that come with that (read more about that later this week in print).
  • About Barrett Jones, Saban said they tried to decide if he was a guard or a tackle.
  • He could be both.
  • How soon he moves back to guard from left tackle depends on how fast Cyrus Kouandjio develops at left tackle.
  • About practice precautions, Saban said the team never practices two in a row with full pads. They don’t hit in practice, except for scrimmages.
  • The downsides include having inexperience with tackling defense and shedding cut blocks.
  • On the SEC’s dominance, Saban said there might be a little more speed among athletes in the South.


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A first look at game day weather forecast

No way it’s too soon to think about the weather for Saturday’s season opener with Kent State. We’re t-minus six days from kickoff.

Here’s what our friends at the Weather Channel are thinking about Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Dress accordingly.


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Kent State at Alabama football gets a kickoff time

The SEC released an abbreviated football television schedule this afternoon. So grab your pencils. The Crimson Tide has its first game time of the year.

The season opener with Kent State on Sept. 3 will kick off at 11:21 CT on the SEC Network. Game times for the other 11 regular-season games remain a mystery. Click here for the complete Alabama football schedule.

If you’re interested in the other SEC game times announced today, just click here.


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Kent State spurns Purdue for Alabama

On Wednesday, Nick Saban said Alabama had a hard time finding an opponent to play the Tide in the 2011 opener after an unnamed school backed out of a contract to play Sept. 3 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Kent State eventually stepped up, but Purdue now says the Mid-American Conference school pulled the same trick on them.

The Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier reported Thursday that Saban’s alma mater is paying Purdue the $425,000 buyout clause to trade the Boilermakers for the Tide.

“This is a new one, having someone opt out of a contract just over 10 months before a game,” Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke said in a statement. “I am personally surprised because of the positive relationship Purdue and Kent State have had through the years.”

On Wednesday, Saban made a similar comment.

“These old contracts that people have ― that I probably shouldn’t be commenting on ― people are willing to give them more, so they take more,” Saban said.