Is there trouble in Tuscaloosa?
Fans of Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide were disheartened after a less-than-stellar performance at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 16. Powered by a quarterback-by-committee passing performance that resulted in less than 110 yards, the Crimson Tide eeked out a 14-point victory against the University of South Florida Bulls.
Following the win, Nick Saban has made the decision to have a familiar face to return to the field. After being benched in Week 3, Jalen Milroe will return as the team’s starting quarterback when Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels come to town. Milroe last played in Week 2 when the Crimson Tide suffered their worst home defeat in over a decade. However, he is not the only Alabama quarterback to come up short this season. Fellow quarterbacks Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson have both looked pedestrian at different points of the young season, completing a combined 43% of their passes.
The Crimson Tide will look to bounce back on Saturday, September 23 after falling out of the top ten of the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in over 15 years. Interestingly enough, the opponent who knocked them out of the top ten last time was the Ole Miss Rebels. This time, a dominant victory against them may be enough to inch their way back in to the elite class of college football teams.