SEC Football Preview: Alabama vs. New Mexico State

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Alabama faces New Mexico State on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Alabama

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Duke W 42-3
09/07/19 New Mexico St.
09/14/19 @ South Carolina
09/21/19 Southern Miss.
09/28/19 Mississippi
10/12/19 @ Texas A&M
10/19/19 Tennessee
10/26/19 Arkansas
11/09/19 LSU
11/16/19 @ Mississippi St.
11/23/19 Western Caro.
11/30/19 @ Auburn

New Mexico State

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 @ Washington St. L 7-58
09/07/19 @ Alabama
09/14/19 San Diego St.
09/21/19 @ New Mexico
09/28/19 Fresno St.
10/05/19 Liberty
10/12/19 @ Central Mich.
10/26/19 @ Ga. Southern
11/09/19 @ Mississippi
11/16/19 Incarnate Word
11/23/19 UTEP
11/30/19 @ Liberty

ESPN FPI

Alabama: 1

New Mexico State: 126

Key Stats

Stat New Mexico St. Alabama
Rushing Offense 96.0 (101) 145.0 (78)
Passing Offense 221.0 (70) 367.0 (14)
Total Offense 317.0 (94 512.0 (29)
Scoring Offense 7.0 (117) 42.0 (29)
Rushing Defense 111.0 (60) 107.0 (56)
Passing Defense 507.0 (129) 97.0 (15)
Total Defense 618.0 (126) 204.0 (15)
Scoring Defense 58.0 (129) 3.0 (6)
Interceptions 0 2 (9)
Sacks 1.0 (83) 1.0 (83)
Tackles for loss 3.0 (101) 2.0 (118)
Turnover margin -3.0 (119) 2.0 (12)
3rd Down Conv. 0.333 (89) 0.500 (33)
3rd Down Conv. DEF 0.444 (93) 0.250 (30)

Players to Watch

New Mexico State

OL OJ Clark, RB Jason Huntley, RB Christian Gibson, C Brian Trujillo, DL Cedric Wilcots, DL Roy Lopez, LB Javahn Fergurson, DB Shamad Lomax.

Alabama

QB Tua Tagovailoa, RB Najee Harris, WR Henry Ruggs, OL Jedrick Willis, OL Alex Leatherwood, DL Raekwon Davis, LB Dylan Mose, LB Anfernee Jennings.

Injuries

Alabama

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/01/19 DL Justin Eboigbe Foot is “?” Saturday vs New Mexico State
08/31/19 OL Emil Ekiyor Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
08/28/19 LB Dylan Moses Knee is out for season
08/15/19 RB Trey Sanders Knee is out indefinitely
08/12/19 LB Joshua McMillon Knee is out for season

New Mexico State

None reported.

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

In week 1 while Alabama was dominating Duke, New Mexico State was playing at Washington State and losing by over 50 points. Give Alabama credit for playing all FBS teams this season. Nick Saban has said that he doesn’t want to play FCS teams anymore. It makes sense because is these FBS-FCS games are usually like crocodiles against guinea pigs. However, this week’s Alabama opponent is the closest thing there is to an FCS team. Last season NMSU went 3-9, the teams they beat were a terrible UTEP team, Liberty (FBS transitional team then) and FCS Alcorn St. This season the Aggies have 14 starters back. They are probably a little better than last season, especially on offense, but you won’t be able to tell that on Saturday. Bama wins by a lot.

Our Preseason Prediction

Alabama 55, New Mexico St 9

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Alabama 56, New Mexico State 3

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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