Southern Miss (2-1) at No. 2 Alabama (3-0)
Saturday, noon ET, Bryant-Denny Stadium at Tuscaloosa
Southern Miss will find a check for $1.85 million just for showing up in Tuscaloosa. In reality, just two colleges nationwide will create more of one matchup this year: Tulane and Kent State when they each visit Alabama’s arch-rival Auburn.
It’s the 44th meeting between both universities. They last played on Sept. 13, 2014, also Bama was No. 1 in the nation and rolled to a 52-12 house success. The Tide direct the series 36-5-2 and are 21-1-1 in the home. They’ve taken the past six Southern Miss overall. The Golden Eagles’ last victory against Alabama arrived on Sept. 16, 2000, when Southern Miss closed out the Tide 21-0 at Birmingham.
It is USM’s second game of the season against an SEC team as it visited Mississippi State in Week 2 and lost 38-15. The Eagles seen Auburn annually when the Tigers were ranked 10th and USM played quite solidly in shedding only 24-13.
Highest-Ranked USM Foe In 22 Decades
Southern Miss (Brett Favre’s alma mater) is trained by Jay Hopson and plays Conference USA. The Golden Eagles were year with a single game. They did not play in a bowl. USM will be 2-1 following Saturday’s shootout 47-42 win at Troy this calendar year. Receiver Jaylond Adams had the day, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and catching 11 passes for 180 yards. He ended the match with 322 all-purpose metres — the second most ever in a game with a Golden Eagle in history.
Fellow WR Quez Watkins, that missed the first two matches this season, caught seven passes for 209 yards and 2 scores. The yardage has been No. 1 by virtually any FBS participant in Week 3, the fifth-most in a match for a Golden Eagle and the first time 200-plus receiving yard outing in college history.
Ultimately, quarterback Jack Abraham had been 28-for-36 to get a career-high 463 yards and two touchdowns while running for a score. The yardage was second-best in college history (present 49ers copy QB Nick Mullens threw for 591 in 2016) and he set a USM markers by finishing his first 17 passing efforts to begin the game.
Defensively, the Eagles held Troy to 24 rushing yards to improve to 13-4 beneath Hopson when holding an opponent under 100 yards rushing.
This will be highest-ranked Associated Press competition for Southern Miss because they played with No. 2 Florida on Aug. 30, 1997. Southern Miss dropped that 21-6.
Tide Don’t Lose To Unranked Teams
Alabama has played with very the weak schedule in beginning 3-0 and is now away from a 47-23 win in South Carolina in their first real road game of 2019. Tua Tagovailoa, who’s now the +400 Bovada co-favorite to win the Heisman Trophy with the man he used to copy in Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, threw for a career-high 444 metres (No. 3 in school history) and tied a career-best using five touchdown passes. No Bama QB had thrown for 400 yards and five TDs in a game previously. It was Bama’s 27th straight home win.
Running back Najee Harris captured two of those scores. DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III tallied 136 and 122 receiving yards, respectively. It was just the ninth time in school history two Alabama receivers have gone over 100 yards in exactly the exact same match. Smith had 2 TD grabs and Ruggs one.
Alabama has gained an unbelievable 85 successive games against unranked schools under head coach Nick Saban, the longest series in FBS history. Alabama’s last loss to a team not ranked in the AP Top 25 was a 17-10 defeat to Auburn on Nov. 24, 2007. The Tide have dropped only 1 game to a team ranked outside the top 15 in the AP poll as the start of the 2008
The Tide did endure another defensive accident with ending LaBryan Ray, a preseason All-SEC choice, hurting his foot. He’s out. Beginning linebackers Joshua McMillon and Butkus Award finalist Dylan Moses suffered season-ending injuries before the start of the season.
I ran a few computer simulations for this person and it ended with a mean rating of 45-13.
Best NCAAF Pick: USM +39.5 in Pinnacle