Rain Expected for Alabama Home Opener

TUSCALOOSA, Al(al.com) The weather forecast doesn't look so good for Alabama's home opener Saturday evening.

Rain and thunderstorms are in the weekend projections for the 6 p.m. game with Colorado State in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Weather.com says there's a 70 percent chance of rain with thunderstorms possible. The temperature will be mild, however, with a high forecasted at 78.

AccuWeather is calling for a high of 81 with heavy rain and thunderstorms.

"We have wet ball practice," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "You do the best you can to prepare your players to go into those circumstances and not be affected by them by the previous experience that they've had. Our guys have done that pretty well. I don't know how this team's going to react." But he also said there are misconceptions about a rainy game.

"I think it's a lot harder to play pass defense in the rain than it is pass offense," Saban said. "Some people think, 'Well, I can't throw now.' But I think it's a lot harder to play pass defense when the field's bad. We don't alter what we do a whole lot but we cannot allow the circumstances and the conditions that we play in to affect how we play."


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