FLORIDA ATLANTIC (0-1) at No. 2 ALABAMA (1-0), 12 p.m. (SEC Network)
Line: Alabama by 40.
Series Record: Alabama leads 1-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Alabama is still trying to settle its quarterback battle with two games before Florida visits. Florida Atlantic hopes for a much better showing than in an opening 55-7 loss to Nebraska.
Alabama’s offense versus Florida Atlantic’s defense. The Crimson Tide produced 538 yards against West Virginia with tailbacks T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry both rushing for 100-plus and wide receiver Amari Cooper catching 12 passes for 130 yards. The Owls, meanwhile, yielded 784 yards to Nebraska. Starting cornerback D’Joun Smith’s status could be a game time decision with a shoulder injury.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida Atlantic: QB Jacquez Johnson. Last season’s Conference USA newcomer of the year threw a touchdown pass in the first quarter against Nebraska but left with a shoulder injury. Johnson has been practicing, but his status could also be a game-time call. The Owls didn’t score without the double-threat QB and finished with just 200 total yards.
Alabama: QB Jake Coker. Blake Sims played virtually the entire game against West Virginia and threw for 250 yards, one of the better debuts for a Tide quarterback statistically. But the competition isn’t over. Coker is expected to see action in this game in what amounts to an audition for the part.
FACTS & FIGURES
Alabama inside linebacker Trey DePriest returns from a one-game suspension for what coach Nick Saban described as a minor NCAA infraction. … FAU is getting paid $1 million for each of its first two games. … The two teams have only met once before, a 40-7 Alabama win in 2012. … The Tide had six first-time starters in the opener, including Sims and freshman left tackle Cam Robinson. … Alabama hadn’t had a pair of 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in the same game since the January 2013 national title game against Notre Dame.
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