Alabama football countdown: 57 days until kickoff

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The return of college football is quickly approaching, folks. After yet another national championship winning season, Nick Saban and company will be looking for a repeat performance in 2021.

Despite key losses, the Crimson Tide is well positioned to do just that.

The opening week matchup is against the Miami Hurricanes in Atlanta, Ga. set for Sept. 4. And with it now being July 9, we are now only 57 days away from the start of the season!

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At this time, no one is wearing the No. 57. As a true freshman in 2020, Javion Cohen wore it, but the second-year offensive lineman switched to the No. 70 after the departure of Alex Leatherwood to the NFL.

The most notable name to ever wear the number — at least during the Saban era — is none other than former defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. He’s one of the all-time best players at his position in Alabama history, and that helped him become a top-3 pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

He then proceeded to spend nine season in the NFL from 2011 to 2019. His first 6.5 seasons were with the team that drafted him, the Buffalo Bills, while his spent 2.5 seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently a free agent.

Marcell Dareus
Marcell Dareus

Nov 6, 2010; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (57) rushes against LSU Tigers offensive tackle Greg Shaw (75) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Alabama 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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2021 Alabama football schedule

  • Sept. 2 vs. Miami Hurricanes (Atlanta, Ga.)

  • Sept. 11 vs. Mercer Bears (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Sept. 18 at Florida Gators (Gainesville, Fla.)

  • Sept. 25 vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Oct. 2 vs. Ole Miss Rebels (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Oct. 9 at Texas A&M Aggies (College Station, Tex.)

  • Oct. 16 at Mississippi State Bulldogs (Starkville, Miss.)

  • Oct. 23 vs. Tennessee Volunteers (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Nov. 6 vs. LSU Tigers (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Nov. 13 vs. New Mexico State Aggies (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Nov. 20 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

  • Nov. 27 at Auburn Tigers (Auburn, Ala.)

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