Sometimes, you have to take a chance and pick the upset, but bravery cost the Predictions Dept. a couple of percentage points last week when neither Ole Miss nor South Carolina could follow through. This week, there are three matchups more intriguing than the others.
It's a quote you hear everywhere but never can seem to trace it back to the person who initially said it: If you think games like this don't matter, try losing one. Missouri was not in Alabama's sphere heading into Saturday's game, and everyone knew that. By the time the half rolled around, it was plenty obvious to all that Alabama was in full control of both the tempo and the outcome.
A second good week in a row for the Predictions Dept., with only the LSU-Arkansas toss-up going against us. This week, there is really only one game that should be hotly contested, the Alabama-Auburn contest we preview in a separate article.
At some point, Kentucky is going to have to decide what it wants to be in football. Does it want to contend in an SEC East that, in most years, will flow through Georgia and Florida because of the inherent recruiting advantages there? Or is it content to be a mid-level opponent, good enough to beat bad teams but never good enough to advance into the upper threshold of the division? The assumption, if Kentucky picks the second option, is that it will be good enough to both put modest scares into the hearts of the division leaders, while at the same time avoid embarrassing beatdowns. But on Saturday against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Kentucky couldn't even pull that off.
This football season has been hard enough to pick, and now, a hurricane is threatening to blow up the Week 3 schedule. LSU-Missouri has opted to flip locations from Louisiana to Missouri now that Hurricane Delta is lining up to threaten Baton Rouge. It seems LSU and Missouri were ready when Delta was. But Alabama and Ole Miss may not have any good options, as both Oxford, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., are vulnerable.
On one hand, Alabama has frequently had a case of the yips under Nick Saban in the second or third game of the season, which Saturday's game against Ole Miss was. On the other, this is an all-SEC schedule in 2020, without many breaks, so if giving up 48 points and 600-plus total yards of offense to the Rebels qualifies as the “yips,” then Alabama might be in for real trouble in the coming weeks.
The last time we looked into the various possibilities awaiting university presidents and college commissioners, most of the discussion was about how far into the calendar year the college football season would be pushed before being allowed to start up.
This is not an official University of Alabama document. The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations, and is color-coded.
Tua is in Miami now, so the question becomes whether Alabama leaves the offense in the hands of his 2019 backup, Mac Jones, or goes with the top QB prospect in the 2019-2020 recruiting cycle, Bryce Young.
FIRST LAST POS HT WT 40 time NAR CAS rating CITY ST HS/JC Bryce Young QB 5'11" 180 4.5 10 Santa Ana CA Mater Dei Timothy Smith DL 6'4" 340 5.5 10 Sebastian FL Sebastian River Will Anderson DE 6'3" 240 4.6 10 Hampton GA Dutchtown Jase McClellan RB 5'10" 210 4.5 10 Aledo TX Aledo Demouy Kennedy LB 6'2" 205 4.6 10 Theodore AL Theodore Thaiu Jones-Bell WR 5'11" 180 4.4 10 Miami Gardens FL Carol City Javon Baker WR 6'1" 210 4.5 10 Powder Springs GA McEachern Brian Branch S 6'0" 180 4.5 9.9 Tyrone GA Sandy Creek Traeshon Holden WR 6'2" 190 4.6 9.9 Harbor City CA Narbonne Ronald Williams CB 6'2" 190 4.5 9.9 Ferriday LA Hutchinson CC (KS) Drew Sanders DE 6'4" 230 4.7 9.9 Denton TX Ryan Jamil Burroughs DL 6'3" 330 5.3 9.8 Powder Springs GA McEachern Damieon George OL 6'6" 350 5.8 9.8 Houston TX North Shore Kristian Story S 6'1" 205 4.6 9.8 Lanett AL Lanett Kyle Edwards RB 5'11" 205 4.6 9.8 Destrehan LA Destrehan Roydell Williams RB 5'11" 190 4.5 9.8 Hueytown AL Hueytown Jahquez Robinson CB 6'1" 180 4.5 9.7 Jacksonville FL Sandalwood Jah-Marien Latham DL 6'3" 285 5.0 9.7 Reform AL Pickens County Javion Cohen OL 6'4" 260 5.1 9.7 Phenix City AL Phenix City Chris Braswell DE 6'3" 220 4.7 9.6 Baltimore MD St. Francis Quandarrius Robinson DE 6'5" 220 4.8 9.6 Birmingham AL Jackson-Olin Jackson Bratton LB 6'3" 230 4.7 9.6 Muscle Shoals AL Muscle Shoals Malachi Moore CB 6'1" 175 4.5 9.5 Trussville AL Hewitt-Trussville Seth McLaughlin OL 6'4" 270 5.2 9.5 Buford GA Buford Caden Clark TE 6'5" 245 4.9 9.5 Akron OH Archbishop Hoban