College Football Week 7: #1 Alabama At Missouri
|In its last game, for the first time since its regular season matchup with LSU last season, Alabama trailed in a game. It only lasted for 15 seconds. Nick Saban has had his team focused all season and he had an extra week to prepare for this game.||Coaching||Gary Pinkel and Saban were teammates on Kent State’s 1972 Mid-American Conference championship team. They will face each other for the first time Saturday.|
|A.J. McCarron was an efficient 22 of 30 against Ole Miss, completing passes to 10 different receivers. The Tide did not score a rushing touchdown.||Offense||Missouri’s offensive numbers have been extremely disappointing. Quarterback James Franklin hurt his knee in the first quarter of last week’s loss to Vanderbilt and will miss a few games.|
|Alabama recorded three interceptions and held what has been a good Ole Miss offense to just 218 yards.||Defense||The Tigers have been solid, if not spectacular, on defense. They have forced 14 turnovers and will likely to add a few more to have any chance at upsetting Alabama.|
|It doesn’t get much better than Alabama’s special teams performance last time out: Jeremy Shelley was 4 for 4 on field goals and Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score.||Special Teams||Andrew Baggett was 3 for 3 last week on field goals. Marcus Murphy has already returned three punts for touchdowns. He is electric.|
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