- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

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.


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.


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.


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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