Kent State (1-2) of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) comes to Tuscaloosa this weekend for an 11 a.m. kickoff against the Tide. In the process, they’ll pick up a nice check for $1.5 million and hope nobody gets injured as they prepare for conference play next weekend when they host Akron. They will lose to Alabama. I should just end my game preview here; however, the Heroes don’t pay me to half-ass things. They don’t pay me to whole-ass things either, but my wife and the court system said I had to find something to do with my time. I’m basically the blogger version of those people in orange vests picking up trash along the interstate. Thanks to the Heroes for helping me earn my community service hours.
The Golden Flashes opened the 2016 season with two consecutive losses, one on the road to Penn State of the B1G and one at home to North Carolina A&T of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in a four-overtime thriller. They finally broke the win column last week against Monmouth University of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). So by the power of deduction, the MEAC is greater than the MAC, which is greater than the MAAC. Don’t @ me.
Judging by their statistics, the Golden Flashes shouldn’t be a threat to light up the scoreboard. They’re averaging less than 300 yards of total offense per game so far and will be squaring off against what is widely regarded as one of Nick Saban’s fastest, most athletic defenses during his tenure at the Capstone. Kent State’s offense resembles me in college; clumsy, largely ineffective and difficulty in scoring.
But while Kent State may not be an offensive juggernaut, they’ve proven to be more than competent on the defensive side of the ball as they have held their opponents to an average of only 320 yards of total offense per game. This could prove problematic for the Tide’s offense which has struggled at times during its first few games, but in every challenge lies an opportunity according to the motivational poster in the break room at my office.
Games against Kent State and Kentucky the following weekend should provide great opportunities for the Tide to work out its offensive kinks like it’s Joey Freshwater on Bid Day before getting into the meat of their schedule when Saban and his flying death machine head to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks on Oct. 8.
With the status of WRs Robert Foster and #StarDarius in doubt, expect the Tide to work on its rushing attack this Saturday with Calvin Ridley getting loose deep a few times. Also look for lots of rotating players on the Alabama defense as Saban and Pruitt look to build some depth.
Bottom line: Alabama and Nick Saban are going to beat Kent State. The question will be to what degree. Considering Saban is facing his alma mater, expect for things to be kept respectable.
Alabama 38, Kent State 3