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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Preview and Predictions 09-14-2019


Alabama and South Carolina haven't played since 2010, and the last meeting wasn't the least bit fun for the Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks defeated then-No. 1 Alabama 35-21 nine years ago, and they look to post another upset when the No. 2 Crimson Tide visit town on Saturday.

Alabama coach Nick Saban was saltier than usual when the 2010 loss was brought up, and he made it clear it has nothing to do with the current players who take the field. "What year are we in now? 2019? Most of our guys were in grade school when that happened," Saban said at a news conference. "But what I remember from it is we got the lining kicked out of our britches. ... If they don't remember it, I don't know how it motivates them, but I know this is a tough place to play and we have a lot of respect for the team that we're playing." South Carolina is looking to make a statement when it takes the field with the Crimson Tide. "This is the measuring stick. We're excited," sophomore linebacker Ernest Jones told reporters. "You can tell the energy is there. We're ready to play. I'm excited. They are going to come to play so we're going to come to play, too."

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Alabama -25.5

ABOUT ALABAMA (2-0, 1-0 SEC): Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has completed 76.4 percent of his passes for 563 yards and seven touchdowns and hasn't been intercepted in 55 attempts. Junior wideout Jerry Jeudy is off to a ferocious start with 18 receptions for 240 yards and four touchdowns, and he moved into second place on the school's all-time list with 20 scoring receptions, trailing only Amari Cooper (31 from 2012-14). Junior safety Xavier McKinney has a team-best 14 tackles for a unit allowing averages of 6.5 points and 233 yards per game.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1, 0-0): Senior quarterback Jake Bentley (foot) suffered a season-ending injury but freshman Ryan Hilinski looked sharp in his first career start by completing 24-of-30 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday's 72-10 drubbing of Charleston Southern. South Carolina rolled up a school-record 775 yards of total offense in the contest and is averaging 522.5 through two games. Jones and senior linebacker T.J. Brunson share the team lead with 13 tackles for a unit that has accumulated 14 tackles for loss and three interceptions in two games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Crimson Tide holds a 12-3 series edge over the Gamecocks.

2. South Carolina senior WR Bryan Edwards has 169 career receptions and is tied for third in school history with Sterling Sharpe (1983-87).

3. Alabama is 11-1 in SEC road openers under Saban.

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Stadium

Williams-Brice Stadium
Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 80,250

Last Injuries

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Aaron Sterling

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Sterling is dealing with a knee injury and did not play in the previous game. It is unknown if he will return Sept. 21 against Missouri.

  • A.J. Turner

    Thumb
    day-to-day | questionable

    Turner missed the last game with a thumb injury, and his availability for Sept. 21 against Missouri is hazy.

  • Shi Smith

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Smith is dealing with an injury to his side, and it is unknown if he will be active Saturday against Missouri.

  • Keir Thomas

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Thomas has missed the last three games tending to an infection in his ankle. It is unknown if he will return Sept. 21 against Missouri.

  • Brad Johnson

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | out

    Johnson is sidelined with a groin injury, and it is unclear how long he will be debilitated for.

  • Eric Douglas

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Douglas has sat out the last two games with a foot injury. It is unknown if he will suit up against Missouri on Sept. 21.

  • Deshaun Fenwick

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Fenwick is dealing with a shoulder injury and sat out the previous two contests. His availability against Missouri on Sept. 21 is unclear.

  • J.T. Ibe

    Pectoral
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ibe sat out the last game with a pectoral issue, and his availability is clouded for Sept. 21 against Missouri.

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Da'Shawn Hand

    Elbow
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hand has sat out the last two games with an elbow injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Eagles during Week 3.

  • Antonio Alfano

    Disciplinary
    Out indefinitely | out

    Alfano is dealing with a disciplinary issue, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Justin Eboigbe

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Egoigbe has a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Southern Mississippi.

  • Chris Owens

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Owens is dealing with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

  • Deonte Brown

    Suspension
    Elig Sept 28 | out

    Brown is serving a suspension for violating NCAA rules but is expected to be reinstated Sept. 28 against Ole Miss.

  • Chris Owens

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sat | probable

    Owens has an unspecified injury, but it is projected that he will suit up Saturday against South Carolina.

  • Emil Ekiyor Jr.

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Ekiyor Jr. has missed the previous game due to a knee injury but is likely to face South Carolina on Saturday.

  • Justin Eboigbe

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Eboigbe has sat out the last two games due to a foot injury, leaving his status up in the air Saturday against South Carolina.

south-carolina-gamecocks-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Hilinski 1 0 174.293 0 30 24 1 0 0 2 282
Dakereon Joyner 2 0 100.000 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Bentley 1 0 90.760 0 30 16 2 0 0 1 142
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Rico Dowdle 2 0 149 0 21 2
Kevin Harris 1 0 147 0 6 3
Tavien Feaster 2 0 136 0 19 1
Mon Denson 1 0 118 0 9 1
Dakereon Joyner 2 0 53 0 4 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Bryan Edwards 2 0 119 0 6 0 2
Kyle Markway 2 0 74 0 6 0 1
Shi Smith 2 0 68 0 7 0 0
Josh Vann 2 0 39 0 5 0 0
Tavien Feaster 2 0 30 0 5 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jamyest Williams 2 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T.J. Brunson 2 0 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Israel Mukuamu 2 0 5 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
R.J. Roderick 2 0 5 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0
Cam Smith 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Parker White 2 0 3 4 47 7 7
Will Tommie 1 0 0 0 0 5 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Shi Smith 2 0 3 0 60 100
Kyle Markway 2 0 2 0 6 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Nick Muse 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Bryan Edwards 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Dakereon Joyner 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jake Bentley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joseph Charlton 1 0 0 216 0 59 5 0 0
Kevin Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Bryan Edwards 2 0 3 0 38 66
Josh Vann 2 0 2 0 22 24