Alabama at Missouri: How to Watch on TV, Time, SEC Schedule
Alabama will begin the 2020 football season on the road against Missouri at Faurot Field.
It will be the first time the Crimson Tide has begun a season with a true road game since 2000 when it traveled west to take on UCLA, a 35-24 loss to the Bruins. It's one of only three times Alabama has lost its season opener in a true road matchup.
Saturday’s contest with the Tigers will also be the first time Alabama has begun its season on the road against a conference opponent since 1999 when the Crimson Tide squared off with Vanderbilt (a 28-17 win).
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN (Play-By-Play: Sean McDonough, Analyst: Todd Blackledge, Analyst: Allison Williams)
Radio: Crimson TIde Sports Network (Play-By-Play: Eli Gold, Analyst: John Parker Wilson, Sideline: Rashad Johnson) CTSN on Sirius/XM: 81/81
Weather forecast: Sunny. High 88, low 64. The temperature should be just above 80 degrees at kickoff. Winds 15 mph.
What's new with Missouri: Everything. It's the first game of the Eliah Drinkwitz era. The former Auburn quarterback coach (2010-11) led Appalachian State to a 12-1 finish and No. 19 final ranking in the AP Top 25 poll.
Series info: This will be the seventh meeting between the programs. Alabama is 4-2, and has won four straight. It won the last meeting 39-10 on Oct. 13, 2018, which marked the first and only time the Tigers have played at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This will be the third meeting when the teams weren't scheduled to play in the regular season, the others being the 1968 Gator Bowl and the 2014 SEC Championship Game.
Dec. 28, 1968: Missouri 35, Alabama 10, Gator Bowl
Sept. 8, 1975: Missouri 20, Alabama 7, at Birmingham
Sept. 16, 1978: Alabama 38, Missouri 20, at Missouri
Oct. 13, 2012: Alabama 42, Missouri 10, at Missouri
Dec. 6, 2014: Alabama 42, Missouri 13, at SEC Championship
Oct. 13, 2018: Alabama 39, Missouri 10, at Tuscaloosa
Nick Saban vs. Missouri: The coach is 3-0 against the Tigers.
Of note: Alabama has been dominant in season openers under Saban. The Crimson Tide is a perfect 13-0 and has outscored its opponents 528-144 in those games including last year's 42-3 victory over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, and has out-gained the opposition, 5,743-2,685. That works out to an average score of 40.6-11.1, and overwhelming edge of 441.8-206.6. Roughly half of the opponents were ranked as well.
- 2007: 52-6 vs. Western Carolina
- 2008: 34-10 vs. No. 9 Clemson, at Atlanta
- 2009: 34-24 vs. No. 7 Virginia Tech, at Atlanta
- 2010: 48-3 vs. San Jose State
- 2011: 48-7 vs. Kent State
- 2012: 41-14 vs. No. 8 Michigan, at Arlington, Texas
- 2013: 35-10 vs. Virginia Tech, at Atlanta
- 2014: 33-23 vs. West Virginia, at Atlanta
- 2015: 35-17 vs. No. 20 Wisconsin, at Arlington, Texas
- 2016: 52-6 vs. No. 20 Southern California, at Arlington, Texas
- 2017: 24-7 vs. No. 3 Florida State, at Atlanta
- 2018: 51-14 vs. Louisville, at Orlando
- 2019: 42-3 vs. Duke, at Atlanta
Alabama’s 35-13 home win over Tennessee on Oct. 19 of last season was the Crimson Tide’s 26th consecutive victory over an SEC Eastern Division opponent, dating back to a 35-21 loss at then-No. 19 South Carolina on Oct. 9, 2010.
The 26 wins include a 5-0 record in SEC Championship Games.
During the current run, the Tide is 10-0 vs. Tennessee; 4-0 vs. Florida (2-0 in SEC CG) and Georgia (2-0 in SEC CG, 1-0 in CFP NCG); 3-0 vs. Missouri (1-0 in SEC CG); 2-0 vs. Kentucky and Vanderbilt; and 1-0 vs. South Carolina.
Overall, under Nick Saban the Crimson Tide is 36-3 (.923) against the SEC East, including a 6-1 (.857) record in the SEC Championship Game.
Week 1 SEC Schedule
Kentucky at Auburn, 11 a.m. CT, SEC Network
Florida at Ole Miss, 11 a.m, ESPN
Mississippi State at LSU, 2:30 p.m., CBS
Georgia at Arkansas, 3 p.m., SEC Network
Alabama at Missouri, 6 p.m., ESPN
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network (alternative)
Tennessee at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network