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Not a good weekend for the Lone Star State.

LSU v Texas
You done throwd your saddle on the wrong horse, son.
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CFB > NFL

If you tuned into football this weekend, you were blessed with another round of college football that tugged at the heartstrings. Meanwhile the sanitized spoiled millionaire bioengineered replicants of the professional ranks went through the motions.

For the first time since 1979, Texas and Texas A&M played top 10 opponents on the same day. Neither pulled off an upset that could have changed the dynamics of the season and their programs.

LSU 45 TEXAS 38

Maybe Texas is not quite back as last reported. This slugfest was a shootout between LSU’s Joe Burrow (31-39, 471 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT) against the Longhorns’ Sam Ehlinger (31-47, 401 YDS, 4 TD) trading shots to the tune of 1,103 yards of total combined offense.

The Tigers offense looks like a fine-tuned engine but consider that they were playing a B12 defense. LSU’s defense wasn’t much better. The Bayou Bengals have long prided themselves on having a top-notch defense but this version was missing tackles and giving up long pass plays and longer scoring drives.

CLEMSON 24 TEXAS A&M 10

Remember all the nice things I said about Kellen Mond last week? I take them back. The Aggies junior quarterback was absolute trash against a decent but not great Tigers defense. He missed on so many opportunities and passed for only 115 yard through the first three quarters. His lone TD pass came with 6 seconds remaining. It is too bad that Jimbo Fisher ran Nick Starkel off in the off-season. They could have used him.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence was once again unspectacular throwing yet another interception, his third on the young season, and compiling only 268 yards on a pedestrian 24 of 35 passing. Travis Etienne was held to 53 yards on 16 attempts for a 3.3 ypc average. But if anyone from Clemson asks, THEY WERE AWESOME! NUMMER ONE, Y’ALL!

RTDB

Michigan 24 Army 21 (2OT) - This game was the heartbreaker of the day. Michigan needed a trick play and a BS targeting call just to hang with the Cadets. Army outplayed the Wolverines all day but coach Jeff Monken went away from what got them there, choosing to pass the ball in key situations to disastrous effect. The Black Knights attempted four passes for the game. The second one was intercepted on 3rd & goal at the opponents’ 5 yard line. However, the big gaffe came in the second overtime after holding Michigan to a field goal. On 3rd & 11 at the UM 26, the Army quarterback dropped back to pass, was sacked and fumbled the ball. Just RUN THE DAMN BALL and kick a field goal! Despite the win... Jim Harbaugh, you are on the HOT SEAT!

Ohio State 42 Cincinnati 0 - After upsetting UCLA in Week 1, it appeared that Cincy might give anOSU a challenge with Luke Fickell returning to Columbus. Not so. Kirby Smart castoff Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Buckeyes cruised to an easy win.

SEC

BYU 29 Tennessee 26 (2 OT) - It was Rocky Flop 2: Electric Boogaloo. In all seriousness, the Vols did play better than they did in Week 1 against Georgia State. They executed better and played with some intensity... for 59 minutes and 54 seconds. UT had this game won, leading 16-13 with BYU backed on their own 20 on 3rd & 6. And then the Tennessee secondary inexplicably gave up a 64 yard pass to put the Mormons in field goal range which they made. When the Vols kicked a field goal in the second OT, it felt like the week before when they just quit. BYU won three plays later with a rushing TD.

Alabama 62 New Mexico State 10 - Alabama took care of business against a godawful team. Just don’t ask Nick Saban why he scheduled this cupcake. I can’t say we have really learned a great deal from these first two games. We may not know what this team is made of until November 9 against LSU.

Georgia 63 Murray State 17 - UGA started a bit sluggish, tied 7-7 after 15 minutes. A scoop and score appeared to wake them up and propelled them to a 42-7 halftime lead. The Dawgs emptied the bench.

Auburn 24 Tulane 6 - For the second straight game, the Plain War Tiger Men Eagles got off to a slow start, punting twice and fumbling twice on their first four possessions. They had just one first down in the first quarter and RB Boobie Whitlow had 8 yards at halftime. He was also responsible for the two turnovers. A better team might have manufactured an upset. Bo Nix threw for just 207 yards and one TD.

Florida 45 UT Martin 0 - I almost forgot the Gators were in the league. The Miami game seems so long ago. There was nothing to learn from this game, but the fact that Miami fell to UNC on Saturday makes me a little more skeptical of UF. How about you?

Missouri 38 West Virginia 7 - Mizzou rebounded in a big way in front of their home-sweet-home crowd despite 9 first half penalties. They might be able to still cause some chaos in the already chaotic SEC East.
South Carolina 72 Charleston Southern 10 - True freshman Ryan Hilinski (24-30, 282 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT) looked mostly good in his first start since replacing injured Jake Bentley. However, it is hard to tell how good he is from the level of competition he was passing against.
Purdue 42 Vanderbilt 24 - Vandy suuuuucks this year. They may go 0-for-the-SEC this year and Derek Mason won’t get fired because the University is trying to make some kind of statement. Now in his 6th season, he has yet to record a winning record and has lost both bowl games he took the team to.
Mississippi State 38 Southern Miss 15 - I don’t know how a team can put up 38 offensive points on only 386 total yards but that is what Clanga-clang did. Kylin Hill rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown.
Kentucky 38 Eastern Michigan 17 - UK lost their QB to injury (see THE SICK REPORT below). I’d say they are screwed but they play in the SEC East, so anything is possible.
Ole Miss 31 Arkansas 17 - Did you ever play on a sports team as a kid in which the coach would not only play his no-talent son, but he’d start him at a crucial position? That is what Arky feels like now. Hogs coach Chad Morris convinced QB Ben Hicks who played for him at SMU to transfer and inserted him in the starting role. Surprise! Surprise! He is not putting up the big numbers he did while playing for the Mustangs against AAC defenses. In two games, Hicks is 21/45 for 241 yards and 0 TDs. Morris finally wised up and inserted Texas A&M transfer Nick Starkel into the game who produced a pair of touchdowns.

NATION

LOCKS AND MEL

Maryland 63 Syracuse 20 - Wow! Who pissed Mike Locksley off? The Terps crushed the 21st-ranked Orange with 650 yards of offense and 29 first downs. Syracuse was trumpeted as the second best team in the ACC in preseason hype.

Colorado 34 Nebraska 31 (OT) - Mel Tucker picked up a signature win in only his second collegiate game. The No. 25 Cornhuskers let a 17-0 halftime lead rot away in their silos as the Buffaloes charged back to tie it at 31-31 with 46 ticks remaining. In the first overtime frame, CU kicked a field goal. In their half, Nebraska went backwards, losing seven yards on a third down sack and missed a 48-yard field goal. Karma is not done with Scott Frost just yet.

NAPIER

ULL 35 Liberty 14 - Billy Napier’s Ragin’ Cajuns scored four unanswered touchdowns to earn their first win of the season. Hugh Freeze finally got his ass out of bed but coached from a medical chair in the press box.

LANE

UCF 48 FAU! 14 - After a big 11-3 inaugural season in Boca, Lane Kiffin went 5-7 last season and is currently 0-2 in 2019. He has generated excitement and interest in the program but he may need to start winning soon or he won’t be making that big jump back to P5 that he is hoping for. IMHO, I think he thinks he will be a candiate for taking over Bama someday. Not if you can’t win at Florida Atlantic, bubs.

MCELWAIN

Wisconsin 61 Central Michigan 0 - Jim McElwain’s Chippewas are going to have a looooong season. CMU had one win a season ago. This is going to take some time.

OLIO

Southern Cal 45 Stanford 20 - The Trojans back-up quarteback was better than the Trees’ back-up quarteback. Some 3-star freshman named Kedon Slovis or (Sedon Klovis I’m not sure) outplayed (28-33, 377 YDS, 3 TD) former 5-star junior Davis Mills (22-36, 237 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT).
Florida State 45 ULM 44 (OT) A week after blowing an 18-point lead to Boise, FSU blew a 21-point lead and gave up a late field goal to send the game to extra periods. Only a missed extra point by Monroe saved their hides. Despite the win... Willie Taggart, you are on STILL the HOT SEAT!
San Diego State 23 UCLA 14 - At this point, Chip Kelly is just stealing money. 261 total yards for the Bruins in their home stadium.
Georgia State 48 Furman 42 - Yeah, that team that destroyed Tennessee in Week 1? They barely beat a FCS team.

YAWN

Oklahoma 70 South Dakota 14 - do you really need a recap? It was basically this.
Houston 37 Prairie View 17 - That big win by Okie over Houston not looking so big anymore.

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Cal 20 Washington 19 - The wackiest game of the day has to be this upset held in Seattle that started at 10:30pm eastern time and ended just as the sun was making its way across the Atlantic Ocean. This PAC-12 matchup was delayed 2 hours and 39 minutes due to thunder and lightning, much of which was striking within a few blocks of the stadium and sending fans to cower in the concourse. Once the game was resumed, it was a sloppy wet affair that ended in a 17-yard chip shot field goal in the closing seconds at around 1:30am PT, 4:30am ET. Jacob Eason was pretty lousy (18-30, 162 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT, 2 fumbles, 1 lost, 4 sacks). The upset is a big blow to the Huskies playoff hopes.

THE WACKY WORLD OF DESMOND HOWARD

Matthew McConaughey makes everything look so easy. For the most part, the GameDay crew cowardly went with the favorites. The Oscar-winning Lincoln pitchman went bold and won the day. Of course, he picked Texas because he kinda HAD to but he sounded apprehensive about it. They all picked Clemson but Desi said Sunshine would have a “Heisman-type day”. Nope.

Teams in BOLD below already have a loss.

  • DESI - 1. Georgia (SEC Champs), 2. Clemson (ACC Champs), 3. Oregon (PAC Champs), 4. Wisconsin (B1G Champs); Iowa State (B12 Champs); Clemson over Georgia in the CFP final.
  • CORSO - 1. Alabama (SEC Champs), 2. Clemson (ACC Champs), 3. Utah (PAC Champs), 4. Ohio State (B1G Champs); Oklahoma (B12 Champs); Alabama over Utah.
  • HERBIE - 1. Alabama (SEC Champs), 2. Clemson (ACC Champs), 3. Ohio State (B1G Champs), 4. Texas (B12 Champs); Washington (PAC Champs); Alabama over Clemson.

MY PICKS

  • 1. Clemson (ACC Champs), 2. Alabama (SEC Champs) 3. Ohio State (B1G Champs), 4. Georgia; Oklahoma (B12 Champs); Washington (PAC Champs); Alabama over Georgia.

BAMA STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

A little help?

  • Duke (1-1) - Quentin Harris passed for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils past FCS North Carolina A&T 45-13.
  • New Mexico State (0-2) - NEXT!
  • Southern Miss (1-1) - The Screamin’ Eagles fell to Missy State 38-15 in a game nobody outside of the state knew actually occurred.
  • Western Carolina (0-2) - The Fightin’ Cupcakes blah-blah-blah NC State 41-0 yadda-yadda.
  • BONUS: LSU, Aub, OM, SC, and MSU all won. TAMU lost to #1. Tenn and Arky continue to embarrass themselves and the league.

ADOPT-A-TEAM

  • Purdue (1-1) - The Boilmakers bounced back in a big way with a win over PCU.
  • Iowa State (1-0) - The Cyclones got a week off to think about how lousy they played against Northern Iowa and to prep for the Big One with Iowa. College GameDay is headed to Ames for first time ever to cover this game.
  • Hawaii (1-0) - The Rainbow Warriors are now 2-0 in the PAC 12 after coming back from a 14-point deficit to nip Oregon State 31-28. Game 3 will be at Washington on Saturday.

COUSINS

  • Troy (1-0) - The Trojans had a bye as they await the arrival of Southern Miss.
  • South Alabama (1-1) - The Jags got their first and maybe last win of the season over the Jackson State Fightin’ LaToyas. Loss No. 2 will come Saturday against Memphis.

THAT ANNOYING STEP-BROTHER WHO ALWAYS FILLS YOUR DVR UP WITH EPISODES OF “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”

UAB (2-0) - The Blazers led 31-6 in the fourth quarter but let Akron make it look close 31-20.

RS-Patriot

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

A bit of R&R for our service academies.

  • Army (1-1) - The Black Knights came SOOO close to upsetting Michigan that it breaks my heart. This Army team has proved that last year was not a fluke and they will be a team to be reckoned with.
  • Air Force (1-0) - The Falcons were grounded as they scouted Colorado who moved to 2-0.
  • Navy (1-0) The Midshipmen took shore leave to prep for East Carolina.
boxers

ELIMINATED

PREVIOUSLY ELIMINATED:

  • All non-Power 5 teams
  • Arizona
  • BYU
  • Florida State - almost lost to ULM - shoulda lost to ULM.
  • Georgia Tech
  • Luville
  • Mizzou
  • Northwestern
  • Oregon State
  • Pitt
  • Purdue
  • UCLA
  • Virginia Tech
  • Arky
  • South Carolina
  • Ole Miss
  • Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt

NEWLY ELIMINATED:

  • Kansas - Oh, Les... KU lost a home game to little ol’ Coastal Carolina 12-7.
  • Miami - 0-2 for Manny and Dan Enos.
  • Nebraska
  • Rutgers
  • Stanford - Home loss to an unranked So Cal hurts. Just win next week (at UCF).
  • Syracuse - stomped by Maryland
  • Washington - losing a home game to Cal will do that.
  • West Virginia

ENDANGERED

  • Everyone else not named Clemson in the ACC.
  • Oregon, Stanford, So Cal, AzSt, Cal
  • Iowa State
  • Minnie, Indy
  • Fla, UK, MSU.

A way WAY WAY too early look at the College Football Playoff (CFP) picture:

  • ACC - Clemson aaaand still nobody.
  • Big Ten - Ohio State and Wisconsin appear to be the cream of the crop. Michigan, Sparty, and PSU not so much.
  • Big 12 - Okie vs Tejas.
  • PAC-12 - And then there was one: Utah. Oregon and UW are likely up a creek.
  • SEC - Alabama, UGA, LSU.
  • Indies - Notre Dame... for now.

RANK ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM

The Southeastern Conference has 6 teams ranked in the AP Poll, HALF of the top ten.

#2 Alabama
#3 UGA
#4 LSU
#8 Fla
#9 Aubie
#16 TAMU
*The Coaches Poll has Mississippi State at #23.

Here is my after-two-games-half-ass Top 6 rankings:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. LSU
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Georgia

LET’S GO BOWLING

40 bowl games; 129 eligible teams.
Miami, UCLA, Oregon State, Tennessee, and Vandy are the only P5 teams at 0-2.

STATS OF THE DAY

  • Maryland is averaging 71 points per game.
  • The Razorbacks have lost 12 consecutive conference games and are 1-17 since November, 2016, the final season under former head coach Bret Bielema.
  • The Vols are 0-2 for the first time since 1988.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to the Texas and LSU for their silly tiff over who is the real DBU. With both teams giving up over 400 yards, it is clearly neither of them.

BONUS SHUT UP to the PAC-12 for their late night game between Washington and Cal that started 7:30pm Seattle time and ended at 1:30am (see up top). Well, dang! Guess you shoulda started the game at 9 am!!

HEISMAN HYPE

With the exception of TWO YEARS, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Often times voters fall in love with someone and refuse to REALLY look at what a player has accomplished.

WHO WILL WIN

CLARIFICATION: This section is not who deserves to win. It is who the slobbering press and other voters will callously crush on (see last year).

  • Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson Soph.) - You saw it, America. He was average (24/35, 268 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT). Yet, the highlights just want to talk about how amazing he was.
  • Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama Jr.) - Another solid performance (16/24, 227 yds, 3 TD, 0 turnovers, 1 rush TD). Is it just me or does Tua look laser-focused this year? He hasn’t been joking around or quipping much and I have not seen him do that praying-hands-bowing thing he did last year. Don’t tell anyone, but we may see peak Tua this season.
Srsly?
  • Jalen Hurts (QB Oklahoma Sr.) - And so it begins. There are some in the media that want this to happen so bad so that they can write a bunch of sensationalist click-bait. It would be pretty ridiculous to give him the trophy over the guy he could not beat out unless Jalen just started doing otherworldly things (14-18, 259 YDS, 3 TD, 8 rush, 47 yds against South Dakota) .
  • Jonathan Taylor (RB Wisconsin Jr.) - The token non-QB sat out the fourth quarter of a blowout against Central Michigan. (19 CAR, 102 YDS, 3 TD)

WHO SHOULD WIN

CLARIFICATION: This section IS for who deserves to win it after one week.

  • Tua played another solid game and made very few if any mistakes.
  • Joe Burrow (QB LSU Sr.) With a big performance in a win at Texas (31-39, 471 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT), he deserves a little love (and a little rat poison).

Runner-Ups

  • Jalen’s numbers were again big but he aint played nobody, PAAAAWWWLLL!
  • Justin Fields (QB anOSU Soph.) 20/25 224 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT, 9 rush, 42 yds, 2 TD, fumble. Decent numbers so far. However, he’s not very likable.
  • D’Andre Swift (RB UGA Jr.) 6 rush, 67 yds, 2 TDs in limited blowout win.
  • Travis Etienne (RB Clemson Jr.) 16 rush, 53 yds, 0 TD

If I had a vote:

  • Nobody is really standing out. We’ll know better once conference schedules kick in.

THE SICK REPORT

  • Former Alabama and current Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald (above) collapsed on the field with a seizure and was transported to a hospital. It’s pure speculation on my part, but perhaps McDonald’s unexpected departure from Alabama can be explained by medical recommendations on his condition from the Tide staff that said he needed to sit but he wanted to play? You may recall as a freshman for Alabama, McDonald collapsed on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship game in 2018 with what a team spokesman described as a “non-athletic medical issue.” We wish Kyriq good health!
  • From Nick Saban: “Trevon Diggs just had cramps, he was cramping up. He’s fine. I don’t think anybody got injured in the game today. Hopefully, we’ll get some guys back. Maybe Justin (Eboigbe), maybe Emil (Ekiyor), maybe Chris Owens. Hopefully, we’ll get some of these guys back.”
  • It has now officially been confirmed that true senior Jake Bentley is gone for the season - and possibly for his college career. South Carolina may be looking to turn the page and begin the Ryan Hilinski era in Columbia.
  • Auburn receiver Seth Williams left the Tulane game with a shoulder injury and was seen with his arm in sling. He will certainly be held out against this weekend’s opponent Kent State.
  • Texas A&M starting RB Jashaun Corbin out for the season with a hamstring injury. The sophomore had 103 rushing yards in Week 1 and had 34 against Clemson before getting hurt.
  • Against Eastern Michigan, Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson was brought down by a nasty horsecollar tackle and needed to be carted off the field. He tore his patellar tendon in his left knee which required surgery, knocking him out of competition for the season. UK now turns to Troy transfer Sawyer Smith who started the last seven games of 2018 for the Trojans. He threw for 1,669 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions before transferring to Lexington this offseason.
  • Wisconsin safety Scott Nelson is out for the season with a leg injury. The starting free safety was a big part of the Badgers’ fast start that saw them record shutouts in their first two games against USF and Central Michigan.

Yes, Baker Mayfield as a role model is always a good idea.

DRAMA

  • Freshman defensive lineman Antonio Alfano was neither on the field nor on the sideline for Alabama’s home opener against New Mexico State. Saban: “He’s going through some discipline things with me. If he does what he’s supposed to do - I’m not going to tell you what. But whether it’s academic, which that has something to do with it, and being responsible and accountable to do what he’s supposed to do like every other player on our team. So, we want to get him right, we want to help him, we want to help him do the right things. But he’s got to make those choices and decisions, too.”
  • Southern Cal AD Lynn Swann resigned Monday afternoon effective immediately. The former Trojans and Steelers great was hired with zero administration experience and was a bad fit from the beginning. The promptness of his departure gives the appearance of NCAA trouble. You may recall that So Cal was caught up in the admissions/bribery scandal, as well as the sneaker scandal. The failures of the football, basketball, baseball and basically every other sports teams did not help matters.
  • Bobby Petrino was all teary eyed at a function held by the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday. He offered a half-ass apology for his banging-an-intern-motorcycle-accident-lying-attempted-cover-up-with-state-troopers scandal FROM SEVEN YEARS AGO! He never admits he was wrong. He just says he is sorry “for the way it ended.” Sorry you got caught??? And these Arky idiots gave him a standing ovation! Now that he is a pathetic old unemployed bum with nobody kissing his ass, he wants sympathy. He’s probably hoping Arkansas will hire him back. What a jerk.
  • Fat F*** Phil Fulmer continues his bloody coup d’etat. He even showed up at Jeremy Pruitt’s post-game press conference in an orange shirt and hat. When was the last time you saw an AD dressed like that at a school event? I hope he does fire Jeremy and take over so that Pruitt can come back to T-town and be an analyst while UT pays him millions of dollars, and the rest of the SEC continues to hammer that crappy orange team.
Black and White TV

EYEBALLS

The highest rated TV markets for the LSU-Texas showdown were unsurprisingly New Orleans and Austin. Who was in third? Dallas? Houston? Atlanta? Nope. Birmingham.

THIS WEEK

College GameDay will be in Ames, Iowa.

(Below is an abbreviated list of games of interest. If you REALLY need to know about the Eastern Michigan-Illinois game, you can find the details here.)

Friday, September 13

North Carolina at Wake Forest ESPN 5pm/6pm - I predict a Demon Deacons win.
Kansas at Boston College ACC 6:03/7:30 - Poor crazy ol’ Les.
Washington State at Houston ESPN 8:15/9:15

Saturday, September 14

SEC:

Arkansas State at Georgia ESPN2 11am/noon - Another cream puff for Fromm and company to gnaw on.
Kansas State at Mississippi State ESPN 11am/noon - MSU better be ready for this one and not looking ahead to Kentucky.
Chattanooga at Tennessee SECN 11am/noon - I hate it for Pruitt but screw FFPF!
SE Louisiana at Ole Miss SECN 3pm/4pm - OM going for two in a row!
Colorado State at Arkansas SECN 3pm/4pm - Don’t be surprise if CSU wins.
Kent State at Auburn ESPN2 6pm/7pm - It’ll be a massacre. Too soon?
Florida at Kentucky ESPN 6pm/7pm - Meh, I guess this is a big game.
Lamar at Texas A&M ESPNU 6pm/7pm - One guy against a whole team does not seem fair!
Northwestern State at LSU SECN 6:30/7:30 - Directionals!
SE Missouri State at Missouri SECN Alt 6:30/7:30 - Directionals!

NATIONAL:

Pitt at Penn State ABC 11am/noon - Sadly, this is the last scheduled game between these two rivals for the forseeable future.
NC State at West Virginia FS1 11am/noon - Props to WVU for scheduling two OOC P5 games in one season! Mizzou was the last one. Too bad they prolly lose this one too.
Stanford at UCF ESPN 2:30/3:30 - QB K.J. Costello is expected back for this game.
Iowa at Iowa State FS1 3:30/4:30 - Battle for the Corn Trophy or something like that.
Clemson at Syracuse ABC 6:30/7:30 - How sad that this is the biggest ACC game of the year.
Oklahoma at UCLA FOX 7pm/8pm - Jalen returns to the city where he made his big debut... kinda.

CAN’T SLEEP?

Try counting sheep because the three late games suck.

#ALABAMA

FROSH

  • Freshmen starters again included middle linebackers Shane Lee (2 solos, 3 asst, TFL, fumble rec) and Christian Harris (1 asst doesn’t sound right but that is what the stats book says), defensive tackle DJ Dale (2 asst with a QB hurry), offensive guard Evan Neal and kicker/punter Will Reichard (10 kickoffs, 9 touchbacks, 1 out of bounds, 8 extra points, 2-2 field goals). Joining them as a starter was fellow true frosh DB Jordan Battle who finished with 2 solos, 3 asst.
  • WR John Metchie – no stats
  • RB Keilan Robinson - 5 carries, 83 yds, TD
  • DL Byron Young – 1 solo, 2 asst
  • OL Darrian Dalcourt – played second team center.
  • OL Pierce Quick
  • OL Tanner Bowles
  • DB Scooby Carter – 1 asst
  • DB Marcus Banks – no stats
  • DB Demarcco Hellams – 1 solo, 2 asst, 0.5 sack
  • Tight end Jahleel Billingsley – no stats
  • LB King Mwikuta – 1 solo, 2 asst

Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa did not play. Defensive lineman Justin Eboigbe (foot) was again held out.

WATCH YOUR BACK

Mack Brown continues to hold a one game advantage over Nick Saban in career wins as a FBS/I-A coach. Under Saban, the Crimson Tide is 131-7 (.950) when leading at the half. The Tide has won 84 straight against unranked teams.

GAME 3, Saturday, September 14, 2019, 2:30/3:30 CBS

Alabama at South Carolina

Brice-Williams Stadium, Columbia, SC

Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson on CBS. Eli Gold on Alabama Radio.

Vegas has the Tide opening as a 24 point favorite with an over/under of 63. Mentions of the 2010 Bama-SC game sits at 27.

The Bama-Southern Miss game (Sept 21) will kickoff at 11am CT and air on ESPN or ESPN2. Remember when Bama used to have night games?...

#RollTide

POLL:

Poll

Worst win of Week 2:

  • 48%
    Michigan survives Army.
    (262 votes)
  • 46%
    FSU lucks out over UL-Monroe.
    (249 votes)
  • 5%
    Aubie tiptoes past Tulane.
    (28 votes)
  • 0%
    Other, tell us about it... stud.
    (0 votes)
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