While a national championship seems out of reach, the Alabama Crimson Tide can still capture the SEC and start Saturday as they take on the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Suffering their first loss of the season last week, Alabama became the latest victim of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, who led an Aggies offense that scored more points on the Crimson Tide defense than anyone had since 2010.
Manziel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and put A&M up 20-0 in the first quarter. Alabama came back behind running back Eddie Lacy’s 92 rushing yards and touchdown, but Manziel completed a 24 yard passing score to receiver Malcome Kennedy for the lead and ultimately a 29-24 win.
The Crimson Tide fell to No. 4 in the country, and will need some help from No. 1 Kansas State, No. 2 Oregon, and No. 3 Notre Dame if they hope to climb back into the national championship picture. With a win Saturday, and another next week against Auburn, Alabama will play Georgia for the SEC title in Atlanta.
For their final game of the season, the 1-9 Catamounts will face what is surely an angry Alabama. Western Carolina has won just two of their last 27 games and are ranked 119 th out of 121 Division I-AA teams in total defense.
Last week, the Catamounts gave up 367 rushing yards en route to a 45-24 loss to Chattanooga.
Prediction: Alabama should roll to an easy win, and look ahead to Auburn for to close out the SEC.
Predicted Score: Alabama 42, Western Carolina 9