South Alabama vs Troy

South Alabama vs Troy:No. 2-ranked Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will face Southern Miss (2-1) at home tomorrow morning in a non-conference game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide recently defeated South Carolina, 47-23, to open SEC play, while the Golden Eagles bested Troy, 47-42, in Week 3.
Below is the most pertinent information, as well as BOL staff predictions, before Saturday’s game.

Last week at South Carolina, Alabama’s defense gave up 324 passing yards and two passing touchdowns to freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski The Crimson Tide will face another talented passing attack this week, as USM enters the Week 4 matchup with the nation’s No. 12 passing offense. UA is ranked No. 6. Cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain II and safeties Xavier McKinney, Jared Mayden, Shyheim Carter and Jordan Battle will have their hands full.

Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham threw for 463 yards and two touchdowns on 28-of-36 passing. His top two targets were wide receivers Quez Watkins and Jaylond Adams. In his first game of the season, Watkins caught seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Adams, who is also the team’s top return man, hauled in 11 passes for 180 yards. The receiving yards totals between the duo ranked first and second among all FBS players in Week 3 of the season.

“We’re playing a team this week that’s a very explosive team in Southern Miss,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “They score a lot of points. They do a lot of things on offense that obviously they’re in the Top 10 in the country or whatever in pass offense, 347 yards a game. It’s because they’ve got good skill players, they’ve got a good scheme.

“They dish the ball all over the perimeter and make you play in space all the time, which we need to do a good job of. The quarterback does a good job of executing.”

STAFF PREDICTIONS
Charlie Potter: Alabama 56, Southern Miss 14

The Golden Eagles have a talented quarterback and group of receivers. That was on full display at Troy last week. But Alabama isn’t Troy. Sure, the Crimson Tide will likely play five freshmen on defense, and that young defense could give up a score or two to Southern Miss. It will look to string together some stops and Alabama’s offense will try to run the ball/control the clock better in the later portions of the game. If it can do that, the Tide can cover the nearly 40-point spread.

Travis Reier: Alabama 55, Southern Miss 17

It doesn’t represent a matchup of Power 5 teams these days, but there was a time when USM could be counted on to give the Crimson Tide everything it wanted (and then some). In fact, the Golden Eagles’ current losing streak (six) to UA is five games shorter than Mississippi State’s. That said, the two teams have met just once (2014) in the Nick Saban era at Alabama and that one went UA’s way by a score of 52-12. Expect something similar five years later

Kirk McNair: Alabama 45, Southern Miss 7

We can’t stop looking at that 504 passing yards Troy had in losing to Southern Miss last week. The Trojans don’t have the passing game that Alabama has. The Golden Eagles have also been prone to turnovers, and Alabama is tops in the SEC and second in the nation in turnover margin at plus 7. We don’t expect this to be close, but we also don’t expect it to be as easy as the final score will indicate, in part because of the Southern Miss pass rush against an Alabama offensive line that has been inconsistent. As always in these games, we don’t know when Nick Saban eases up.

Hank South: Alabama 59, Southern Miss 17

Southern Miss has an experienced group returning in 2019. Coming off a year it led the Conference USA in both rushing and passing defense, you can bet the Golden Eagles will have the Crimson Tide staff’s full attention. Despite the youth on the Tide’s defensive front, Alabama makes up for it with its arsenal of weapons on offense, which prove too much for USM to try and slow down.

Tim Watts: Alabama 58, Southern Miss 16

It’s with a monster game in the first half that leads to Alabama’s backups getting some valuable reps in the second half. In doing so, the Crimson Tide’s defense continues to improve.

INFORMATION TO KNOW
Kickoff time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Capacity: 101,821

Television: ESPN2
Play-by-play: Roy Philpott
Analyst: Kelly Stouffer
Sideline: Lauren Sisler

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network
Play-by-play: Eli Gold
Analyst: John Parker Wilson
Anchor: Chris Stewart
Sideline: Rashad Johnson

Satellite radio: CTSN on Sirius / XM 81

Series record: Alabama leads 36-5-2
Last meeting: Sept. 13, 2014
Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12

Point spread: Alabama -38.5

AROUND THE SEC
11 a.m. CT — LSU at Vanderbilt (SEC Network)
Tennessee at Florida (ESPN)
California at Ole Miss (ESPNU)

2:30 p.m. CT — Auburn at Texas A&M (CBS)

3 p.m. CT — Kentucky at Mississippi State (SEC Network)
South Carolina at Missouri (SEC Network)

6:30 p.m. CT — San Jose State at Arkansas (SEC Network)

7 p.m. CT — Notre Dame at Georgia (CBS)

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — DeVonta Smith will miss half of this weekend’s Alabama-Tennessee game.

The junior wide receiver was ejected from the Texas A&M game for throwing a punch.

“The fact that Smitty got kicked out last game for retaliation is something that really can’t be tolerated, and I think it’s a lesson that all players need to learn from in terms of you can’t make emotional decisions on the field, you can’t do what you feel like doing. You have to have enough discipline to walk away, even if you’re provoked into something that you don’t like,” head coach Nick Saban said Monday.

“So, he will be disciplined in the next game, and that’s our decision to do what we need to do to help him make better choices and decisions in the future. Smitty’s a great guy. He’s one of the best guys, hardest workers, does everything right, but it doesn’t make any difference. When we make emotional decisions, you don’t have a brain. You make bad decisions, sometimes they lead to consequences.”

In the fourth quarter, Texas A&M safety Leon O’Neal tossed Smith to the ground and threw a punch at his helmet when the two of them got to their feet. Smith retaliated and punched O’Neal in the helmet. Both players were flagged, but only Smith was ejected from the Week 7 game.

“Basically, he got hit, punched and he retaliated,” Saban said. “We’ll have to wait on the conference office to see what his status is, so it was offsetting fouls. Obviously, their player shouldn’t have punched him, but he also should have had the discipline not to hit him back, aight, because that’s a foul. We would have gotten a 15-yard penalty, and that would have basically ended the game.”

According to the NCAA rulebook, “when a player is disqualified from the game due to a flagrant personal foul, or flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct, NCAA shall where possible initiate a video review for possible additional sanctions before the next scheduled game.”

Earlier this season, Smith, running backs Najee Harris and Brian Robinson and linebacker Terrell Lewis were suspended for the first quarter of the season opener against Duke for missing a team function. But as Saban pointed out, that instance was different from Smith’s ejection.

“That was internal in terms of what they did,” Saban said. “I think this is a little more significant than that, and I think this warrants half when you do something like this, which I think the conference office would agree with. So, hopefully, our players learn from this.”

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Alabama will host Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. CT at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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TROY, Alabama — The South Alabama football team makes the trip to Troy for a Sun Belt Conference matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. CT.

Troy comes into the contest 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Sun Belt. Most recently, Troy lost 42-10 at Missouri on Oct. 5.

South Alabama enters the matchup 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Sun Belt.

How to watch Troy vs. South Alabama football

When: 7 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Oct. 16

TV: ESPN2

On DirecTV, ESPN2 is channel 209. On DISH, ESPN2 is channel 143.

Online live stream: Watch ESPN

Complete list of Troy terrestrial radio affiliates.

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