The Alabama Crimson Tide are set to roll through Orlando on Saturday night. The Tide, who’re of course the reigning National Champions, are primed and ready to face the Louisville Cardinals in the 2018 Camping World Kickoff. The game will be played down at the Citrus Bowl and all eyes will be watching for many a reason.
One of those reasons is with regards to the QB situation. As we all know, Tua Tagovailoa had a second half (and overtime period) to remember in the CFB Playoff Championship Game back in January. The Tide stud will be one of the two QBs who’ll be seeing the field, as you should expect Jalen Hurts to get some action, as well. Plenty believe that Tua is the guy who’ll assume the duty at QB. But, hey, let’s not count Hurts out just yet.
Louisville, meanwhile, will be looking to replace a dynamic quarterback instead of juggling between two. Gone is Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and a guy who did just about everything for the Cards. Playing at QB on Saturday night will be redshirt sophomore Jawon Pass. Perfect name for a QB, right?
Nick Saban had lots of high praise for Pass earlier this week, and the former 4-star recruit and U.S. Army All-American is hoping to make good on all that hype. Problem is, of course: He has to face the big, bad ‘Bama defense first. Look for him to try and throw to the likes of Jaylen Smith, Seth Dawkins and Kemari Averett, among others. And look to dump it off to Trey Smith, among others in the backfield.
That defense will naturally be anchored by the likes of Raekwon Davis as well as Mack Wilson. Don’t overlook Isaiah Buggs, Anfernee Jennings or Deionte Thompson, either. This team is loaded on both sides, per usual, and should be a force again. We’ll see them in action on Saturday night and see what they can muster.
As of now, Alabama is a huge favorite over Louisville, amounting to around 3+ touchdowns.
HOW TO WATCH ALABAMA VS. LOUISVILLE
Time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
TV: ABC (Check your local listings)
Commentators: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Alabama Radio Affiliates
Streaming: You will find this game available via WatchESPN.