Saturday’s home opener against the Blue Raiders is going to be interesting. Middle Tennessee is coming off its 70-14 romp over Jackson State while the Tide rolled past Wisconsin 35-17 last week.
The oddsmakers have predicted Bama will win its game by five touchdowns, but hold up a sec. During Nick Saban’s press conference on Wednesday, he acknowledged that MTSU’s up-tempo offense will be hard to defend.
They’ve got one helluva safety in Kevin Byard. The 5-foot-11, 215 lb. safety has 15 career interceptions to his credit including 4 he returned for touchdowns. Byard is projected to be either a second or fourth round NFL draft pick.
Coach Saban said of Byard, "He's a good player, really good player. I think their players really play hard on defense. He's definitely a playmaker. He's involved in a lot of plays. And the way their scheme is set up, I think its set up so the safeties can make a lot of plays, and he's certainly one of their best players."
Alabama’s back-to-back national championship quarterback, A. J. McCarron, will be in Tuscaloosa to watch his little brother Corey play against the Tide and dad Tony McCarron will be sitting in the Alabama section of Bryant-Denney Stadium wearing a blue shirt because “family comes first.”
Running back Derrick Henry will be looking to put together another highlight reel against MTSU and since Alabama is ranked No.2 in the AP Top 25, I’ll just go Deep-Couch City and revel in the glory of Bama’s quest to bring home No. 16.
“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, Tide, Roll!”
And since no football post would be complete without pom-poms and cheerleaders, please enjoy this photo of Bama’s beautiful Crimsonettes.