By: Ryan Mace
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will face the Florida Atlantic Owls (1-2, 0-1 Sun Belt) Saturday at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Tide is coming off a 52-0 drubbing of the Arkansas Razorbacks, and has not allowed a point since week one against Michigan.
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns, as the Crimson Tide defense forced five turnovers in their second consecutive shutout win. The last time Alabama had back-to-back shutouts was in 1980, when they blanked Vanderbilt and Kentucky in consecutive weeks.
“We’re just trying to make our identity, and I think we started making that identity today,” Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard said after Saturday’s win. “We’re a physical team, and that’s what we like to make everybody think we are.”
Alabama has outscored its opponents 128-14, and scored 94 points since the defense last gave up a score, with 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter, in their season opener against Michigan.
”We play to a standard,” Alabama receiver Christion Jones said. ”We’ve got our own standard that we play to. It’s Alabama’s standard. We’re trying to get better each week, each game, each play. We’re trying to do it better than we did before. We’re just trying to make sure we stay level-headed and make sure we’re focused on each game, each week, one opponent at a time. ”
Alabama will try to carry that momentum into this weekend’s non-conference test against FAU, who allowed over 700 yards of offense to No. 7 Georgia last week in a 52-20 loss.
The Owls started strong against Georgia, battling to a 14-14 tie early in the second quarter, but failed to keep up with the Bulldogs’ offense, as they broke a school record for yards in a single game.
Damian Fortner scored on a 43-yard touchdown run, and Nexon Dorvilus caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Graham Wilbert to tie the game early in the second.
“We came out pretty sharp,” said Wilbert, who finished with 183 yards passing. “We really played well against a good SEC team.”
FAU has struggled early on this season, winning only against Wagner 7-3 in week one, and it’s going to take a miracle for them to win this one.
Prediction: Alabama 45 FAU 3