SEC Football Preview: Alabama vs. West Carolina

West Carolina and Alabama logos

Alabama faces West Carolina 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 vs. Duke W 42-3
09/07/19 New Mexico St. W 62-10
09/14/19 @ South Carolina W 47-23
09/21/19 Southern Miss. W 49-7
09/28/19 Mississippi W 59-31
10/12/19 @ Texas A&M W 47-28
10/19/19 Tennessee W 35-13
10/26/19 Arkansas W 48-7
11/09/19 LSU L 41-46
11/16/19 @ Mississippi St. W 38-7
11/23/19 Western Caro.
11/30/19 @ Auburn

West Carolina

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Mercer L 27-49
09/07/19 @ N.C. State L 0-41
09/14/19 North Greenville W 20-17
09/28/19 @ Chattanooga L 36-60
09/05/19 Gardner-Webb L 21-24
10/12/19 @ The Citadel L 17-35
10/19/19 @ Wofford L 7-59
10/26/19 Furman L 7-28
11/02/19 @ VMI W 43-35
11/09/19 ETSU W 23-20 (OT)
11/16/19 Samford L 13-31
11/23/19 Alabama

ESPN FPI

Alabama: 3

West Carolina: NR, FCS

Key Stats

WCU
Team Averages
Alabama
19.5
Points
46.8
36.3
Points Allowed
17.5
338.3
Total YDS
510.4
184.4
Pass YDS
347.7
153.9
Rush YDS
162.7
425.0
Total YDS Allowed
328.9
164.1
Pass YDS Allowed
191.6
260.9
Rush YDS Allowed
137.3
-0.18
Turnover margin
1.30
0.418
3rd Down Conv.
0.537
0.433
3rd Down Conv. DEF
0.359

Players to Watch

Alabama

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

West Carolina

QB Tyrie Adams, RB Donnavan Spencer, WR Nate Mullen, DL Torrion Stevenson, LB Ty Harris, S Jermichael White.

Injuries

Alabama

Date Pos Player Injury Status
11/18/19 WR Henry Ruggs III Ribs left last game – is “?” Saturday vs Western Carolina
11/18/19 DL Raekwon Davis Ankle left last game – is “?” Saturday vs Western Carolina
11/17/19 QB Tua Tagovailoa Hip is out for season
10/29/19 TE Miller Forristall Throat is out indefinitely
09/16/19 DL Labryan Ray Foot is out indefinitely
09/13/19 DL Antonio Alfano Academics is out indefinitely
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

West Carolina

None reported.

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

This is a late season well-timed tuneup game for Bama. Look for the Tide to roll to another victory will giving QB Mac Jones lots of work. They should also give Taulia Tagovailoa some work as well. This has been a ridiculous season for quarterback injuries in the SEC. Perhaps for league games the SEC should implement a no-tackle 2-hand touch rule for quarterbacks to avoid these terrible losses of talent.

Our Preseason Prediction

Alabama 57, W Carolina 3

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Alabama 41, Western Carolina 9

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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