Alabama and its No. 1 ranked defense meet a Missouri team seeking their first ever Southeastern Conference victory Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field.
The Crimson Tide gave up two touchdowns for only the second time this season in their 33-14 blasting of Ole Miss last week, but used a 21-point second quarter to remain undefeated and stay atop the polls.
Wide receiver Christion Jones returned a kick-off 99 yards on Alabama’s first possession of the second quarter, and quarterback AJ McCarron completed 22 of 30 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns to put the game out of Ole Miss’s reach.
No. 1 Alabama has only allowed five touchdowns all season, and no team has rushed for more than 80 yards against them.
Missouri will a face the nation’s top defense without starting quarterback James Franklin, who sprained his left knee in the first quarter of the Tigers 19-15 loss to Vanderbilt last week.
Redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser filled in and went 9-for-30 for 189 yards and one touchdown, but Missouri missed the extra point following his 85-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Vanderbilt hit a 21-yard field goal that capped the scoring on the day.
This is the Tigers first season in the SEC, and two of their three conference losses have been against Top 10 opponents.
Prediction: These teams will meet for the first time in 34 years leaving plenty of room for unfamiliarity and maybe unease for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide should smash Missouri and their freshman quarterback to continue their national title run.
Betting Odds: Alabama is favored by 21.5points
Over/Under: 44 points
Predicted Score: Alabama 41, Missouri 3