The college football season kicks it into full gear tonight, when many of the premier matchups around the country take place and one of them will just happen to be in the city of Orlando tonight at Camping World Stadium. The Associated Press Top 25 No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Louisville Cardinals in a much anticipated matchup between the SEC and ACC in the Camping World Kickoff Classic.
The Crimson Tide enter the 2018 campaign as the preseason No. 1 ranked team for the third season in a row and for good reason, after Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime back on January 8th at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and was led by freshman phenom Tua Tagovialoa, who threw the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Bulldogs. Things have been tense all throughout Alabama camp recently, as Tagovialoa and quarterback Jalen Hurts are both vying for the starting position.
Hurts has publicly voiced his displeasure about being unseated from his starting position, which all derived from when he was replaced by Tagovialoa in the national championship game. Alabama head coach Nick Saban has made Tagovialoa and Hurts co-starters for tonight’s matchup against the Cardinals. We take a look at some keys to tonight game when Alabama and Louisville clash in Orlando. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Who stands out at quarterback for Alabama?
Not many colleges have the problem of having two quarterbacks who have experience leading their program to the College Football Playoff, but that’s been Alabama’s issue all spring and summer. Figuring out who will be the man moving forward should be interesting as tonight’s game will serve as a measuring stick for Tagovialoa and Hurts.
Can the Cardinals keep up?
Its no secret that Alabama is favored to win this matchup and by a big margin against Louisville. Sports betting services have the Crimson Tide by 23.5 points over the Cardinals, so Bobby Petrino’s group will have to withstand the early punches from Alabama to stay in the game.
Najee Harris will be the difference maker
One of the best running backs in the country heading into 2018 only saw minimal time as a freshman, but Najee Harris is ready to take on the load at tailback full-time. Harris rushed for 370 yards on 61 carries and he’ll be expected to be the next great running back in a long storied line of Alabama greats.