Alabama football countdown: 70 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 June 26, we are now only 70 days away from the start of the season!

Former Alabama offensive tackle — and first-round pick by the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2021 NFL draft — Alex Leatherwood wore the No. 70 for Alabama over the last three seasons.

Now that Leatherwood is off to the NFL, another talented big man is wearing the number, as rising sophomore Javion Cohen is switching to No. 70 from No. 57. After a developmental first season, the former four-star is positioning himself for a starting role in 2021.

Another notable player to rock in the number during the Saban era is former center Ryan Kelly, another first-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts back in 2016.

Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) plays against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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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