Fresno State vs Alabama, live stream 2017. Fresno State vs. No. 1 Alabama | Is Tide eyeing KeeSean Johnson? Plus 3 more to watch
The Crimson Tide are on a 65-game winning streak against unranked opponents that dates to 2007, have won 27 games in a row against nonconference opponents and are 10-0 under coach Nick Saban in home openers with an average margin of victory of 32.8 points. Saturday’s matchup between the Fresno State Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide pit teams No. 96 and No. 1 in S&P+ against each other. The Bulldogs were able to jump up 13 spots after sitting at 109th in the preseason rankings. That tends to happen after you win 66-0. Sure, it was against Incarnate Word.
On the night Fresno State outgained the Cardinals 613-148, as quarterback Chason Virgil hit on 16 of 29 throws for 246 yards, connecting with wide receiver KeeSean Johnson seven times for 120 yards. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs defense held the IW offense to 2.6 yards per play and minus-7 rushing yards, and recorded two safeties. But its defense under coordinator Orlondo Steinauer can give opponents a variety of looks and in doing so could induce some mistakes up front by the Alabama line.
Fresno State returned 16 starters this season from a team that went 1-11 last year. But that team also lost five games in which it led in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Bulldogs are 7-2-1 ATS over their last 10 games. The Bulldogs’ Johnson is one of 18 players in the nation with a streak of at least 23 consecutive games with a reception including teammate Jamire Jordan, who has a catch in 25 in a row.