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.
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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Key Players to Watch
South Carolina Gamecocks
- Kneeday-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.
- Thumbday-to-day | questionable
Turner missed the last game with a thumb injury, and his availability for Sept. 21 against Missouri is hazy.
- Upper BodyQues Sat | questionable
Smith is dealing with an injury to his side, and it is unknown if he will be active Saturday against Missouri.
- Ankleday-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.
- GroinOut indefinitely | out
Johnson is sidelined with a groin injury, and it is unclear how long he will be debilitated for.
- Footday-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.
- Shoulderday-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.
- Pectoralday-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
- Elbowday-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.
- DisciplinaryOut indefinitely | out
Alfano is dealing with a disciplinary issue, and there is currently no timetable for return.
- FootQues Sat | questionable
Egoigbe has a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Southern Mississippi.
- UndisclosedQues Sat | questionable
Owens is dealing with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
- SuspensionElig Sept 28 | out
Brown is serving a suspension for violating NCAA rules but is expected to be reinstated Sept. 28 against Ole Miss.
- UndisclosedProb Sat | probable
Owens has an unspecified injury, but it is projected that he will suit up Saturday against South Carolina.
- KneeProb Sat | probable
Ekiyor Jr. has missed the previous game due to a knee injury but is likely to face South Carolina on Saturday.
- FootQues 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