Kent State vs. Alabama: Game Preview, Prediction and Players to Watch

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When it comes to moving on from last week’s roller-coaster 48-43 victory, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban was more than happy with the way his team came back from an early 21-point deficit at Ole Miss, but also frustrated about his team’s overall performance when going over the game film.

“The devil is kind of in the details,” he said. “We could have really lost the game based on mental mistakes, mental errors, lack of execution at times that led to really bad plays for our team. Our focus needs to be on getting these things corrected but having the ability to focus on sort of each and every play.”

Saban had plenty of examples to choose from, including the missed assignment that led to freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts getting drilled, resulting in a fumble return for a touchdown, the busted coverage in the secondary for another easy score and the team struggling to finish during the final minutes.

“All these things catch up with you if you don’t fix them, correct them, focus on every play and get things executed properly. Leads to lots of problems,” Saban said.

For the most part Alabama players were given an extra day off to recover as Monday was primarily used for film study, but the Crimson Tide benefit from having Kent State and Kentucky next up on the schedule.

These two weeks will give the team a chance to work on its attention to detail and the things that could go a long way in determining how well Alabama fares during the subsequent two months of the season.

     

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14

Time: 11 a.m. CT

Place: Bryant-Denny Stadium

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, WHLO 640 AM, Sirius 106, XM 190.

Spread: Alabama is a 43-point favorite, according to Odds Shark

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Source: Bleacher Report -SEC Football

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