The #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0) return to Tuscaloosa to face the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (2-1) Saturday afternoon.
How to watch or stream
Time: 11 a.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
So, first things first, Alabama is going to win this football game by a large number of points. As such, Alabama’s fans will decide they have better things to do with their time than sit in 90 degree heat to watch the Tide enter the fourth quarter with a 52 point lead. Then, as a result of that, Nick Saban will take an opportunity to get very angry that the fans leave early. It’s like clockwork! To try and combat this annual problem, Alabama has decided to start tracking its fans, with the ones who stay the longest being moved to the top of the list for tickets to the College Football Playoff.
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Onto football, last time these teams met, Alabama came away with a 52-12 victory in September 2014. You may remember that game if only because Kenyan Drake had a career-high three rushing touchdowns. Aside from that, it was business as usual for the Crimson Tide. Five years later, it’ll likely be more of the same. Alabama have beaten 85 straight unranked opponents, and it’s hard to imagine Southern Miss bringing that streak to a half.
Previews like this are admittedly difficult to write, because we all already know what’s going to happen. Tua Tagovailoa will impress, Alabama’s running backs will all see some action, Jerry Jeudy will keep racking up numbers. Basically, like every Alabama blowout, they’ll show us they have 3-4 five-star players per position and will continue to be a flying death machine for years to come.
Southern Miss had 47 points an 626 yards against Troy last week, so their offense is at least passable, but Alabama isn’t Troy. The defense held Troy to 24 rushing yards. That also likely won’t happen again.