In week three, the Alabama Crimson Tide took down the Texas A&M Aggies in somewhat of a revenge game — even though Nick Saban and his players denied calling it that. The Crimson Tide hit the road to beat one of the best offenses in college football — oh, and Johnny Manziel — 49-42. Alabama is the top team in the nation and for good reason — they seem to be unstoppable.
On the other side of the field, the Colorado State Rams are just 1-2 this season after suffering losses to in-state rival Colorado and also Tulsa on the road. Too bad for the Rams, they have to travel to Alabama to take on the best team in college football three years running.
Alabama’s offense has been surprisingly average despite the high number of points through its first two games. What do I mean by this? The pass game and rush game both rank in the 70-range nationally while the team averages 42 points per game. AJ McCarron is a Heisman-contending quarterback for the Tide, passing for 444 yards and five touchdowns this season — exploding for big yardage against the Aggies. T.J. Yeldon has been solid, rushing for 224 yards and two touchdowns through two games. The offense will get better with time.
Colorado State’s offense is mediocre with no signs of improvement. Averaging just 366 yards per game to go along with 29.3 points per game isn’t going to help them win any games against Alabama in the near future. Good thing for this offense is that it doesn’t have to face teams like Alabama all season long in the Mountain West Conference. Junior quarterback Garrett Grayson will need to step up his game if this team wants to even reach the endzone against the Tide.
Defensively, the Rams are not what you would call a solid squad. They have allowed over 350 yards in each game and over 425 yards in two of three games. This matchup against Alabama could get ugly. The Tide’s defense was one of the best a season ago and was solid in week one, but could stop the Aggies in week three. It’s still one of the best units, regardless of the struggles it had in week three.
Colorado State will travel to Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game will be aired on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Colorado State 7, Alabama 52