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No. 2 Alabama and Vanderbilt kick off their respective SEC schedules as the Commodores head out on Saturday to face the Crimson Tide. Alabama gets to play its toe in league before diving headfirst into the SEC West’s gauntlet, while Vanderbilt couldn’t have made a more daunting matchup for this cross-divisional game.

Alabama enters the game with a 3-0 record after shelling a ULM team last week that offered little resistance. While Vanderbilt looks like an improved program, it’s hard to see the Commodores keeping this close to the second half. Alabama is a 40.5-point favorite for a reason, and it could use this as an SEC tune-up ahead of its week 5 Arkansas road trip. The Crimson Tide starters should be watching some of this game from the sidelines.

Vanderbilt faces a hugely steep climb up, but it has already surpassed its win tally for 2021 thanks to an entertaining win over Northern Illinois last weekend. The Commodores will struggle to keep up with a Crimson Tide roster brimming with four- and five-star talent, but freshman quarterback AJ Swann will be an interesting player to watch against this Alabama defense.

Here’s how to tune in for the first SEC test for both teams on Saturday.

How Alabama vs. Vanderbilt can be seen live

Date: Saturday Sept 24 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Place: Bryant-Denny Stadium — Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: SEC network | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Three players to watch

Cameron Latu, Alabama TE: The 6-foot-5 pass-catcher is a big target for quarterback Bryce Young in the passing game, and Latu isn’t exactly restrained when it comes to blocking in the run game, either. Last season, Latu set the Alabama-record for receiving touchdowns with a tight finish with eight. Through two games this season, Latu is still looking for the end zone for the first time. This game seems like the perfect time to end that drought.

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Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama LB: To’oTo’o spent two seasons in Tennessee, so he is very familiar with this Vanderbilt program. The last time he played against the Commodores, in 2020, To’oTo’o had to take some offense and caught a 31-yard pass. Even though he probably won’t be used at the receiver this time around, To’oTo’o should still have a big impact on this game from the middle linebacker position. Expect To’oTo’o to add to his tally of 2.0 tackles for loss and a loot against an oversized offensive line from Vanderbilt.

AJ Swann, Vanderbilt QB: After throwing 146 yards and a few touchdowns as relief against Wake Forest, Swann earned his first start against NIU last weekend. The freshman did exceptionally well, completing 64.3% of his passes for 255 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Now the difficulty increases exponentially. It will be fascinating to see how Swann handles the environment in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama vs. Vanderbilt forecast

Vanderbilt should be proud of what it’s done so far, but this game won’t even come close. Alabama just has too much firepower for the Commodores to keep up with in Year 2 of rebuilding under coach Clark Lea. As tempting as it is to pick Vanderbilt against the spread, the team’s defense is giving me some serious pause. In the past three weeks, the Commodores have lost 104 points to the likes of Elon, Wake Forest and NIU. The Crimson Tide attack, led by Bryce Young, should be able to call his score. I take Alabama to cover a large number. Forecast: Alabama -40.5

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