Fresno State vs Alabama, live stream 2017. Fresno State vs. Alabama 2017: Game time, TV schedule, online stream, odds and preview
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. Fresno State opened the Jeff Tedford era last week with a 66-0 victory over Incarnate Word (FCS), covering as a 35-point favorite. The Bulldogs led 17-0 after one quarter and 34-0 at the half, then scored 32 points in the third quarter alone and cruised home from there. But they were nothing if not efficient on offense. And pitching that kind of shutout will have you taking leaps like that.
Alabama, naturally, remained No. 1 after their dazzling performance against FSU. Their defense is currently 1st in S&P+, and the margin between them and 2nd place Michigan is 6.0. For reference, the gap between the 2nd-place Wolverines and 13th/14th-place Miami and Iowa is… 5.8. The Tide defense looked dominant against what was the 2nd-ranked team in S&P+ last week. That shouldn’t surprise you.In his season debut, the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year played well enough against a vaunted FSU defense. Hurts went 10-18 through the air for only 96 yards. A hearty amount came on a long TD pass to Calvin Ridley.
The Crimson Tide opened this season with a 24-7 victory over fellow national title contender Florida State, covering at -7. Alabama trailed the Seminoles 7-3 early in the second quarter but immediately retook the lead and shut down FSU from there, allowing just 65 yards of offense in the second half.