- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

No. 3 Alabama (0-0) vs No. 20 Wisconsin (0-0), 7 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Alabama by 10-1/2

Series Record: Wisconsin leads 1-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE

A chance for a big opening statement by the Badgers in their debut under coach Paul Chryst. Alabama, meanwhile, has used prominent neutral site openers like this to catapult the team to big seasons, including national titles in 2009 and 2012. That’s the Crimson Tide’s goal again.



KEY MATCHUP

Alabama’s loaded front seven against an offensive line that has been struck with injuries. DE A’Shawn Robinson and LB Reggie Ragland lead the Tide’s deep front group. Wisconsin will start Walker Williams and Hayden Biegel on the right side of the line. Both missed some camp time with head injuries while several other potential starters also have battled injuries.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wisconsin: RB Corey Clement takes over from Heisman finalist Melvin Gordon but already has seven 100-yard games on his resume. He needs some success to take pressure off QB Joel Stave.

Alabama: QB TBA. Coach Nick Saban hasn’t dropped any hints about who will start. It’s come down to Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Cooper Bateman. Only Coker has thrown a collegiate pass; he was Blake Sims’ backup last season. Saban hasn’t ruled out playing two quarterbacks.

FACTS & FIGURES

These are two of the five programs to average at least 10 wins over the last six seasons. Alabama is tops with 72 wins and the Badgers have won 60 games during that span. … Wisconsin has gone 3-2 in its last five games against top 5 teams, the last win coming over No. 1 Ohio State in 2010. …Alabama is 11-4 in neutral site games under Saban. The Badgers had won 16 consecutive openers before losing to Alabama’s SEC West rival LSU last season. … The only previous matchup between these teams was a 15-0 Wisconsin home win in 1928. … The Tide’s 67-week streak ranked in the AP top 10 is the longest active streak and seventh-longest overall.

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