Time: 3:30 p.m.
Odds: Alabama opened as a 24-point favorite. The Tide are now up to 28-28.5 points depending on where you look.
Although we thought Alabama would have their work cut out for them facing USC, Western Kentucky may prove to be tougher than the Tide’s last opponent whom they dropped 52 points on. With a quarterback who threw over 500 yards last week against Rice, Western Kentucky’s Mike White is looking to tire out the Crimson Tide secondary by throwing to his No. 1 target, Taywan Taylor.
An interesting game to watch? Maybe. Here are a few things to watch during Alabama’s home opener.
1. Bama’s secondary defense vs QB Mike White: Western Kentucky is at the top when it comes to passing and they have a quarterback who is not afraid to get it done. Mike White, last week, completed 25 of 31 passes for 517 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions against Rice. An impressive showing any way you slice it. However, Alabama has a whole different breed of players, as their defense limited USC to just 130 yards through the air.
2. Taywan Taylor, a weapon that could destroy: This wide receiver could give the ‘Bama secondary a little bit of trouble as well. Taylor had five catches for 165 yards against Rice and is expected to put up some nice numbers against the Crimson Tide as well. Even though Alabama limited USC’s receivers in yards, can they continue their defensive dominance over the Hilltoppers? There’s a strong possibility.
3. Alabama QB situation: Between true freshman Jalen Hurts and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, Saban has not made a definite decision on who will start this week. Both QBs had their fair share of mistakes last week but overcame those hiccups to lead the team to a great victory. Although Hurts fumbled on his first play, his confidence developed and trended upward as the game progressed and he looked just as comfortable as someone who had played in several games in college. He's a dual threat. Blake Barnett meanwhile went 5-of-6 for 100 yards and one TD.
So, who will Saban pick? Will he pull off the same thing as he did last week? Only he knows, and everyone else will have to find out.
So, what happens?
All in all, I think Alabama adds another tally in the win column, but the Hilltoppers will show them that they are not to be slept on either.
Prediction: Alabama 45, Western Kentucky 28