Coming off an undefeated national title, No 1. Alabama will open its season against No. 14 Miami in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.
The Crimson Tide are favored by 19.5 points per FanDuel, despite losing 10 key players to the 2021 NFL Draft, including Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith. Alabama is premiering a largely new offense, with sophomore Bryce Young leading as quarterback.
Alabama holds a 14-3 series edge over Miami, and is 14-0 in season openers under coach Nick Saban. The last meeting between these two teams took place in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, with the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide beating No. 1 Miami 34-13 for the national title. This is the first regular-season matchup between the Canes and Alabama since 1979.
Miami’s offense will rely on quarterback D’Eriq King, as he makes his return from a torn ACL. He will have to face the experienced Alabama defense, which returns several starters from the 2020 unit that helped lead all SEC defenses in scoring.
The Canes defense struggled to stop the run last season and surrendered around 174.5 yards per game. Against ranked opponents, Miami gave up 314.3 rushing yards per matchup. Defensive end Jahfari Harvey, converted linebacker Zach McCloud and Tennessee transfer Deandre Johnson are slated to fill the void left behind, but will likely scramble to stop the Alabama offense.
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Alabama vs. Miami score
Alabama vs. Miami live updates, highlights
Live updates will begin around kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET.
4:30: Alabama’s Chris Allen rams into Miami quarterback D’Eriq King, and forces him to drop the ball. The Crimson Tide forces a fumble and takes over on the Miami 33 yard line.
4:26: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Bryce Young completes a nine-yard pass to freshman Cameron Latu for a touchdown less than a minute into the second quarter.
First Quarter: Alabama 10, Miami 0
4:18: Targeting call against Miami safety Bubba Bolden results in his ejection from the game. The hit came on what would have been the last play of the first quarter when Bolden went head first into the head, neck and shoulder area of Robinson. James Williams will step in for Bolden in the defensive backfield.
4:02: ALABAMA FIELD GOAL. Bryce Young led the Crimson Tide down the field, but a few incompletions resulted in a field goal. Alabama kicker Will Reichard made a 38-yard field goal to put Alabama up 10-0 over Miami, and extended his consecutive streak to 16.
3:46: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Alabama converts a pair of third downs and scores in 2:53. Bryce Young completed a 37-yard pass to John Metchie for a touchdown to cap off a 67-yard drive. Miami’s down 7-0 early in Young’s opening drive.
3:40: Andres Borregales’ first kick at Miami is a touchback.
3:38: Miami wins the coin toss, and defers. Alabama will start with the ball.
Alabama vs. Miami start time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 4
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ABC
- Live stream: ESPN/ESPN+, fuboTV
Alabama vs. Miami will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Sean McDonough will serve as the play-by-play caller alongside analysts Todd Blackledge and Todd McShay, with sideline reporter Molly McGrath.
Alabama football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||vs. No. 14 Miami (Atlanta)|
|Sept. 11||vs. Mercer|
|Sept. 18||at No. 13 Florida|
|Sept. 25||vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Oct. 2||vs. Mississippi|
|Oct. 9||at No. 6 Texas A&M|
|Oct. 16||at Mississippi State|
|Oct. 23||vs. Tennessee|
|Nov. 6||vs. No. 16 LSU|
|Nov. 13||vs. New Mexico State|
|Nov. 20||vs. Arkansas|
|Nov. 27||at Auburn|
Miami football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||vs. No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta)|
|Sept. 11||vs. App State|
|Sept. 18||vs. Michigan State|
|Sept. 25||vs. Central Connecticut State|
|Sept. 30||vs. Virginia|
|Oct. 16||at No. 10 North Carolina|
|Oct. 23||vs. N.C. State|
|Oct. 30||at Pitt|
|Nov. 6||vs. Georgia Tech|
|Nov. 13||at Florida State|
|Nov. 20||vs. Virginia Tech|
|Nov. 27||at Duke|