southern miss (2-1) at no. 2 alabama (3-0)
saturday, noon et, bryant-denny stadium in tuscaloosa
southern miss will find a check for $1.85 million for showing up in tuscaloosa. in fact, just two colleges nationwide will create more of a single matchup this season: tulane and kent state when they each visit alabama’s arch-rival auburn.
it is the 44th all-time meeting between the universities. they last played sept. 13, 2014, and bama had been no. 1 in the country and restored into a 52-12 home success. the tide lead the show 36-5-2 and are 21-1-1 in the home. they have taken the previous six vs. southern miss overall. the golden eagles’ last victory against alabama came on sept. 16, 2000, when southern miss closed from the tide 21-0 at birmingham.
it’s usm’s second match of the season against an sec team as it visited mississippi state in week two and dropped 38-15. the eagles seen auburn last year when the tigers were ranked 10th and usm played pretty solidly in shedding just 24-13.
highest-ranked usm foe in 22 decades
southern miss (brett favre’s alma mater) is coached by jay hopson and performs at conference usa. the golden eagles were 6-5 last year with one game canceled due to weather. they did not play in a bowl. usm is 2-1 after saturday’s shootout 47-42 win in troy this year. receiver jaylond adams had the afternoon, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and catching 11 passes for 180 yards. he ended the game with 322 all-purpose metres — the second most ever in a match with a golden eagle in history.
fellow wr quez watkins, that missed the first two games this year, caught seven passes for 209 yards and 2 scores. the yardage has been no. 1 by any fbs participant in week 3, the fifth-most at a game to get a golden eagle and the first time 200-plus receiving yard outing in college history.
at length, quarterback jack abraham had been 28-for-36 to get a career-high 463 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for a score. the yardage was second-best in college history (current 49ers backup qb nick mullens threw for 591 in 2016) and he also set a usm markers by completing his first 17 passing attempts to begin the match.
defensively, the eagles held troy to 24 rushing yards to improve to 13-4 under hopson when holding an opponent under 100 yards rushing.
this will be highest-ranked associated press opponent for southern miss since they played no. 2 florida on aug. 30, 1997. southern miss dropped that 21-6.
tide don’t reduce to unranked teams
alabama has played quite the weak program in beginning 3-0 and is now away from a 47-23 win in south carolina in their first real road game of 2019. tua tagovailoa, who’s now the +400 bovada co-favorite to win the heisman trophy with the man he had been copy in oklahoma’s jalen hurts, flew to get a career-high 444 yards (no. 3 in school history) and tied a career-best with five touchdown passes. no bama qb had thrown for 400 yards and five tds in a game previously. it was bama’s 27th straight home win.
running najee harris captured two of those scores. devonta smith and henry ruggs iii tallied 136 along with 122 receiving yards. it was just the ninth time in school history two alabama recipients have gone over 100 yards in the identical match. smith had 2 td catches and ruggs a single.
alabama has gained an amazing 85 consecutive games against unranked schools under head coach nick saban, the longest streak in fbs history. alabama’s last loss to a team not ranked in the ap top 25 was a 17-10 defeat to auburn on nov. 24, 2007. the tide have dropped just one game to a group ranked outside the top 15 in the ap poll since the start of the 2008
the tide did endure another defensive accident with end labryan ray, a preseason all-sec choice, hurting his foot. he’s out forever. beginning linebackers joshua mcmillon and butkus award finalist dylan moses suffered season-ending accidents just before the onset of the season.
i ran a few computer soccer predictions and picks simulations for this one and it finished with a mean rating of 45-13.
very best ncaaf select: usm +39.5 at pinnacle