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BYU vs. North Alabama: How to watch, listen to or stream the game

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Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) calls a play in the huddle as BYU and Boise State play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. BYU won 51-17.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

No. 8 BYU (8-0) vs. North Alabama (0-3)

  • Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. MST
  • Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (only players’ and coaches’ families permitted to attend)
  • Surface: Natural grass
  • TV: BYUtv
  • Livestream: BYUtv/WatchESPN
  • Radio: KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM
  • Series: First meeting
  • Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 40s at kickoff.

THE STAKES

For North Alabama … The Lions, who chose to play this fall while most of the FCS is waiting until spring time, are looking for positives to build on going forward.

For BYU … Making a strong impression this week won’t happen playing against an FCS program. For the Cougars, it’s about winning convincingly and staying healthy.

THE TRENDS

For North Alabama … The Lions have lost their three previous games this season, including a 28-7 season-opening loss to Liberty, who’s now ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll.

For BYU … The Cougars are 8-0 for the fourth time in school history, winning by an average of 32.9 points per game.

THE CRYSTAL BALL

North Alabama will win if … the Cougars become extremely mistake-prone, an unlikely scenario given BYU is top 10 at the FBS level in both total offense and total defense. 

BYU will win if … the Cougars take control early and are efficient on both sides of the ball, like they have been in staying unbeaten in 2020.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Christon Taylor, North Alabama linebacker: The junior is tied for the team lead with 23 tackles this season, leads the Lions with 4.5 tackles for loss and is one of two North Alabama players with a sack.

KEY MATCHUP

BYU rushing attack vs. North Alabama’s front seven: The Lions are giving up an average of 213.3 rushing yards per game this season. BYU is averaging 192.9 yards on the ground, led by Tyler Allgeier, who has rushed for 710 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020.

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Brigham Young Cougars running back Tyler Allgeier (25) runs the ball during the game against the UTSA Roadrunners at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

QUOTABLE

“This will be the best football team that any UNA team has faced in the history of the program, hands down. This will be a tremendous challenge for our guys in all phases of the game.” 

— North Alabama coach Chris Willis

“I see some of the things that Chris Willis is doing as a head coach. I know they’re 0-3, but if you look at what they’ve done and you watch the film like I have on all three phases, he prepares his guys the right way.”

— BYU coach Kalani Sitake

NEXT UP

BYU hosts San Diego State on Dec. 12; North Alabama’s season is over.

BYU SCHEDULE

Sept. 7 — BYU 55, Navy 3

Sept. 19 — at Army (POSTPONED)

Sept. 26 — BYU 48, Troy 7

Oct. 2 — BYU 45, Louisiana Tech 14

Oct. 10 — BYU 27, UTSA 20

Oct. 16 — BYU 43, Houston 26

Oct. 24 — BYU 52, Texas State 14

Oct. 31 — BYU 41, Western Kentucky 10

Nov. 6 — BYU 51, Boise State 17

Nov. 21 — North Alabama (1 p.m., BYUtv)

Dec. 12 — San Diego State (TBA, TBA)

All times MT