Kickoff time has been announced for the massive week two matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns in Bryant-Denny Stadium. While last year’s game was a “Big Noon Kickoff” (11:00 Central Time) on Fox, this year’s edition will take place at 6:00 local time on ESPN in an early Bryant-Denny night game.
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Alabama won last season in a thriller in Austin by a score of 20-19 despite being big favorites and likely would have lost had Texas starting QB Quinn Ewers not been knocked out of the game early. Now healthy again and poised for a great season, Ewers will be looking for revenge this year on the road in what promises to be one of the marquee matchups of the entire season.
Alabama of course cannot be bailed out by Bryce Young this time around, who had to pull a rabbit out of his hat to keep Alabama from losing last year. Questions at the quarterback position for the Crimson Tide breed questions for the team’s ceiling as a whole, and Texas is going to present an early measuring stick as to what the team is capable of in 2023.
As for Texas, while they lose Bijan Robinson, bringing back Ewers along with arguably the best receiver trio in the nation in Xavier Worthy, Adonai Mitchell, and Jordan Whittington makes the Longhorns a dangerous threat to not only compete for a Big 12 title, but possibly a College Football Playoff berth as well.
It is going to be a fantastic game, and the fact that it will be under the lights adds even more drama to an already dramatic matchup.