Alabama head coach Nick Saban still has not named a starting QB before his team’s tune-up game against Florida Atlantic.
The #2 Alabama Crimson Tide host the Florida Atlantic Owls in what should amount to an easy Saturday victory.
After edging out the West Virginia Mountaineers in a 33-23 victory that exposed numerous flaws in the defense, the Crimson Tide will get what may amount to a break when they take on a Florida Atlantic team that gave up 784 yards of offense against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Alabama is seeking its 3rd national title in 4 years but is currently facing a mini-QB controversy with head coach Nick Saban refusing to name a starter. QB Blake Sims played the entire game against the Mountaineers, but Saban has not declared him the team’s starter over recent transfer QB Jake Coker.
The strength of the Alabama squad is based on the running game – RBs T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry combined for 239 yards on 40 carries and 3 TDs between the two of them – which is partially why Saban has been so lackadaisical about the decision at the playcalling position. Florida Atlantic allowed just under 500 yards rushing and 5 rushing TDs against the Cornhuskers last week.
Florida Atlantic scored one TD in the first quarter before being shut out for the rest of the game. After tying it up 7-7, the Owls allowed 48 unanswered points.
The two teams last faced each other on September 22, 2012. Alabama won the game 40-7.