The Vanderbilt Commodores host No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in Nashville. Here is your first look at the Crimson Tide.
SEASON SO FAR
Alabama (3-0) opened its season with a 24-7 victory over No. 3 Florida State. The following week the Tide routed Fresno State 41-10. Most recently Alabama downed Colorado State 41-23. Offensively, Bama averages 417.7 yards per game, 179 passing and 239 rushing. Defensively the Tide allows opponents 305 yards per contest, 224 passing and 81 rushing. Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts leads the Tide in passing with 36 completions on 53 attempts for 472 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. Hurts also leads Bama in rushing with 312 yards on 36 carries (8.7 ypc). Wide receiver Calvin Ridley has 15 catches for 219 yards and two TDs. Defensively for Bama, free safety Ronnie Harrison leads the Crimson Tide in tackles with 18. Five different players have at least one sack for Alabama.
INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS
09/18/17 TE Miller Forristall Knee out for season
09/17/17 LB * Anfernee Jennings Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
09/17/17 LB Dylan Moses Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
09/17/17 LB * Rashaan Evans Groin "?" Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
09/04/17 LB Christian Miller Bicep out for season
09/03/17 LB Terrell Lewis Elbow out for season
Coming off an emotional victory over Kansas State it would have been nice to have a less highly regarded opponent for Vanderbilt. However, they get No. 1 Alabama. We know this Vandy team is pretty darn good but we don't know how good yet. We will find that out on Saturday afternoon. Defensively, quarterback Jalen Hurts is likely the guy that Vandy has to key on. He's the key cog in the Tide offense. If Vandy can frustrate Hurtz and otherwise avoid giving up big plays to Bama, they have a shot. The "experts" give Vandy about a five percent chance of winning this game but with Bama so banged up that should probably be at least 20-25 percent.
Saturday's game in Nashville begins at 2:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on CBS.