The Alabama Crimson Tide is out to avoid a letdown versus the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders after handling Wisconsin in a marquee opener. We take the Tide’s temperature in the Alabama vs. Middle Tennessee prediction and game preview.
Alabama vs. Middle Tennessee Prediction & Preview
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Date: Saturday, September 12
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Network: SEC Network
Why You Need To Care
Now that Alabama has passed its first of many big tests, beating Wisconsin, the Crimson Tide must maintain its focus with Middle Tennessee in town. After standing out as one of the more impressive teams of the opening weekend, Bama gets an opportunity to tinker before the Ole Miss game. Nick Saban got solid play from quarterbacks Jacob Coker and Cooper Bateman, who jockeyed for the job throughout the offseason. The Blue Raiders manhandled Jackson State, 70-14, in Week 1.
Why Middle Tennessee Will Win
The Blue Raiders are the classic sandwich team, buried between Wisconsin and Ole Miss. Bama couldn’t be blamed for looking ahead to a rematch of last year’s thriller with the Rebels. Middle Tennessee is led by a talented backfield, QB Brent Stockstill and backs Jordan Parker and Shane Tucker, who won’t be rattled by an enormous crowd.
Why Alabama Will Win
Middle Tennessee is a nice Conference USA program, but it lacks the might to stand up to a team like the Tide. The Blue Raiders will get destroyed at the point of attack, which means big holes for backs Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake, and a lot of hits on Stockstill. Bama held the prolific Badger ground game to 40 yards, bad news for Middle Tennessee’s pursuit of balance.
Player Who Matters
The audition continues for Coker and Bateman, who’ll each get plenty of snaps again this week. Saban hasn’t officially endorsed either on a permanent basis, but had to be pleased with the play of both players, who combined to go a workmanlike 22-of-29 for 264 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers against a quality Wisconsin D.
What’s Going To Happen?
Saban won’t allow his kids to overlook anyone, though it’s entirely possible Middle Tennessee won’t see Bama’s ‘A’ game on Saturday. It won’t matter to the outcome. The Tide will bully the Blue Raiders on both sides of the ball, opening up a big enough cushion to give the backups almost two full quarters of reps.
Alabama vs. Middle Tennessee Score Prediction
Without further ado, the Alabama vs. Middle Tennessee prediction is …
Final Score: Alabama 45, Middle Tennessee 14
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