STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12: Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide stretches for extra yards as he is tackled by defensive back Corey Broomfield #25 and linebacker Brandon Wilson #58 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
The Alabama Crimson Tide rebounded last week with a win as they look to continue their hunt to get back in the BCS title race and not trip up against Georgia Southern.
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After losing to LSU in the "Game of the Century", the Alabama Crimson Tide rebounded with a win over Mississippi State in Starkville. Alabama held a tenuous 7 point lead at halftime, but poured it on in the second half and looked like the normal Alabama team. The Crimson Tide host the Georgia Southern Eagles as they prepare for their annual match up in the Iron Bowl with heated rival Auburn. It's unlikely Georgia Southern will upset Alabama, but they're 9-1 in their own right and ranked No. 2 in the FCS with their only loss coming to Appalachian State.
SB Nation's Alabama blog, Roll 'Bama Roll, takes a look at the match up:
And while it may be tempting to group Georgia Southern into that same generic category given the similarity in name and classification, this team is light years ahead of where Georgia State was a year ago. In short, Georgia Southern is the kind of program that Georgia State wants to become in the many years, perhaps even decades, ahead. Obviously the Eagles are still an FCS opponent and accordingly Alabama remains a heavy favorite for good reason, but this won't exactly be the taking-candy-from-a-baby routine that 'Bama experienced one year ago.
Georgia Southern comes into Tuscaloosa sporting a 9-1 record and ranked #2 overall nationally in the FCS. The Eagles wrapped up a Southern Conference championship last weekend with a win over Wofford, and the only blot on their resume is a 24-17 road loss to Appalachian State, where they failed many times in the second half to seize victory due to various misadventures in the red zone (sound familiar?).
While the Crimson Tide should have no trouble handling the Eagles, they could present problems early on with the triple option until Alabama settles in defensively. This will be the first time this year the Tide has faced the triple option. Expect running back Trent Richardson to get plenty of work and take advantage of the Georgia Southern linebacker group.
Game date, time: 2:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 19, 2011
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
TV channel: ESPN3
Spread: Alabama favored by 44
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