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The waiting and anticipation for the football season to start lasted a little longer than some other conferences, but the SEC is back Saturday, and one of the first games on the slate features the No. 5 Alabama Gators traveling to face the Missouri Rebels. Saturday’s game between the Gators and the Rebels marks the first time these teams have met since 2015, and a lot has changed since that 38-10 Alabama victory in The Swamp. The Gators were still led by Jim McElwain, while Hugh Freeze ran the show in Oxford, Mississippi. Now it’s Dan Mullen starting his third season in Gainesville going up against Lane Kiffin in his first game with the Rebels. It will be the first time Kiffin has been at the helm of an SEC school since his ill-fated time with Tennessee in 2009.
What might come as a surprise given recent trends with both programs is that the Rebels have the edge all-time against the Gators. They hold a record of 12-11-1 in the series, and though they lost the last meeting in 2015, they’ve won three of the last five. Alabama did win the previous game in Oxford, however, beating the Rebels 30-24 in 2007.
Alabama: Mullen has not wasted any time in turning the Alabama program around and raising expectations. This team went 13-11 in McElwain’s final two seasons but has gone 21-5 in Mullen’s first two, and now the Gators are seen as a legitimate threat to reach the SEC Championship Game again. Still, while expectations are high, the 2020 season could be Mullen’s biggest challenge yet. Even when we put aside an offseason unlike any other we’ve ever seen, the Gators have a lot to replace offensively. Leading rusher La’Mical Perine is gone, as are the team’s two leading receivers in Van Jefferson and Freddie Swain. Of course, Kyle Trask is back at quarterback, and tight end Kyle Pitts is likely to be one of his favorite targets.
Missouri: So which Kiffin are we going to get? The one who struggled in his first go-round in the SEC, or the guy who rehabbed his image under Nick Saban and then won two conference titles in three seasons at FAU? We won’t find out on Saturday, but it will be our first glimpse at the new-look Rebels under Kiffin. I would imagine things could look a bit rough early, as a truncated offseason made life even more difficult for new coaches, and I don’t know how well-suited Missouri’ roster is to the style of offense Kiffin prefers. No matter what the results look like, it’ll be interesting.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 26 | Time: Noon ET
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium — Oxford, Mississippi
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Game prediction, picks
I can’t help but lean toward the side of this equation with more knowns. It’s Mullen’s third season in Alabama, and he has a returning starter at QB. Having that kind of continuity will be critical for a lot of teams early in a season like this one, and the fact Trask is one of the best QBs in the conference doesn’t hurt. Then there’s an Missouri team using a new playbook for the first time, under a new coach. Kiffin has always been able to put together good gameplans, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Rebels jump out to an early lead, but the Gators will pull away over 60 minutes. Pick: Alabama (-14.5)
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Missouri Tigers FREE LIVE STREAM (9/26/20): Watch Big 12, college football online | Time, TV, channel
No. 3 Missouri faces Alabama in a college football game at Gaylord Family-Missouri Memorial Stadium in Norman, Missouri, on Saturday, September 26, 2020 (9/26/20).
Fans can watch the game for free via a trial of fuboTV.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Big 12, College Football
Who: Alabama vs. Missouri
When: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Gaylord Family-Missouri Memorial Stadium
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Recap of Missouri’s season-opening win over Missouri State, via the Associated Press:
Spencer Rattler passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns in his first start and No. 5 Missouri rolled past Missouri State 48-0 on Saturday night.
Rattler, the highly touted redshirt freshman from Phoenix, only played the first two quarters and helped the Sooners take a 41-0 lead.
Rattler nearly didn’t the chance to make his long-awaited splash. According to a report in the Springfield News-Leader, Missouri State president Clif Smart told the school’s board of governors that the game had been in jeopardy because of Missouri’s positive COVID-19 cases. Missouri coach Lincoln Riley confirmed it after the game.
“It hung in the balance for a little bit, but we were able to do it,” he said. “Thankfully we were able to.”
Rattler took advantage of the opportunity and looked like a seasoned veteran. He completed 14 of 17 passes and had a 303.3 passer efficiency rating — the third-best single-game mark in school history.
“I feel like I’ve earned a lot of trust from my guys on the team,” he said. “Being the quarterback, you have to have that assertive leadership and bring certain qualities to you, and I feel like I’m still working on that, but doing a pretty good job with it.”
Rattler left an impression on Missouri State coach Bobby Petrino, who coached Heisman winner Lamar Jackson at Louisville in 2016.
“I think his presence in the pocket, being able to find the open receiver — he’s got a great quick release and can make all the different throws,” Petrino said.
The Sooners led 31-0 at the end of the first quarter and outgained the Bears 236 yards to 1. It was the first time since 2008 that Missouri scored at least 31 points in a first quarter and the sixth time in school history.
Rattler got plenty of help. Seth McGowan, a true freshman, caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score. Charleston Rambo had four catches for 80 yards and two scores, including a 53-yard touchdown catch from Rattler. Missouri gained 608 total yards, including 484 passing.
The Sooners held Missouri State to 135 yards and seven first downs in their first shutout since 2015.
Redshirt freshman Jaden Johnson completed 9 of 19 passes for 72 yards for the Bears.
It was a rough debut with the Bears for Petrino, best known for his success at Louisville and Arkansas. He took over a Missouri State program that went 1-10 last season.
“First and foremost, Missouri’s a really good football team,” Petrino said. “Obviously, one of the best teams in the country. We got a little overwhelmed up front on the offensive side of the ball.”
Missouri vs. Alabama Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time
Alabama will travel to Missouri for an SEC clash on Saturday as the conference’s 2020 season kicks off.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the SEC adopted a 10-game, conference-only schedule pushed back three weeks from its initial Labor Day weekend start. Despite the ACC and Big 12 already underway, the SEC entered this week with eight teams ranked in the AP Top 25, including Missouri tied with Texas for No. 8 and Alabama sitting at No. 23.
How to Watch:
Time: Noon ET
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TV Channel: SEC Network
Live Stream: You can stream the game on WatchESPN.
Quarterback Bo Nix returns for the Tigers after a freshman season where his arm strength and mobility were sometimes overshadowed by his inconsistency. In 13 games, he threw for 2,542 yards and 16 touchdowns but hit only 58% of his passes. Nix has a good receivers corp to work with this year led by Seth Williams.
Under head coach Gus Malzahn, the Tigers finished 2019 with a 9–4 overall record and 5–3 in the SEC. Their season ended with a loss to Minnesota in the Outback Bowl.
Alabama struggled in conference play (3–5) last season but finished 8–5 overall. Receiver-turned-quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. started the final eight games after Terry Wilson suffered a season-ending knee injury. Bowden and the Wildcats topped off their season by rallying to beat Virginia Tech in the Beck Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
With Bowden now playing in the NFL, Alabama will turn to a healthy Wilson again in 2020. The team added more depth at QB with sophomore Joey Gatewood, who transferred from Missouri after playing backup to Nix last year.
The Wildcats and Tigers last met in 2015, when Missouri edged out Alabama 30–27 in Lexington.
They will meet again at Jordan-Hare Stadium during this unusual season. Fans watching on TV will notice a considerably smaller crowd since Missouri has set a limited capacity of 20% this season.