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ALABAMA FIRST LOOK: MERCER

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The Alabama Crimson Tide hosts Mercer on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Bears.

SEASON SO FAR (5-5, 4-4 Southern)

Date Opponent Score
08/31/2017 Jacksonville W 48-7
09/09/2017 Wofford L 28-27
09/16/2017 @ Auburn L 24-10
09/23/2017 @ ETSU L 26-23 (1OT)
09/30/2017 VMI W 49-14
10/07/2017 @ The Citadel W 24-14
10/14/2017 Chattanooga W 30-10
10/21/2017 @ Furman L 28-21
11/04/2017 Samford L 20-3
11/11/2017 @ Western Caro. W 35-33

STAT COMPARISON

ALA OFF PPG 39.9 27.0 MER OFF PPG
ALA DEF PPG 11.2 20.4 MER DEF PPG
ALA TOTAL OFF 252.4 349.5 MER TOTAL OFF
ALA PASSING OFF 203.3 202.5 MER PASSING OFF
ALA RUSHING OFF 270.8 147.0 MER RUSHING OFF
ALA TOTAL DEF 252.4 367.3 MER TOTAL DEF
ALA PASSING DEF 167.0 229.8 MER PASSING DEF
ALA RUSHING DEF 85.4 137.5 MER RUSHING DEF
ALA TO MARGIN 1.10 0.381 MER TO MARGIN
ALA MASSEY COMP& 1 UR MER MASSEY COMP

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

None reported.

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

Mercer.. or Mercy. Will the Tide provide any of that? This is a game that, while Bama should not overlook the Bears, they should be smart and not overuse key players so as to avoid costly injuries. The goal would be to get a good lead and then get some of those players in that don't see too much action. One thing that jumps out at you when looking at the Bear's schedule is the 24-10 loss at Auburn. That shows this team is dangerous. On the flip side, the week before the Auburn game, the Bears lost to Wofford. You don't know what you're gonna get with Mercer. The best course of action is to approach this game like Florida State in Week 1, and then take care of business.

Saturday's game kicks off at 11 am CT and can be seen on the SEC Network.



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