ESPN College GameDay 2020: Week 14 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall hands the ball off to CJ Marable during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina won 34-23. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

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It’s been a historic 2020 season for Coastal Carolina. After becoming an FBS program when they joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2017, the Chanticleers had three straight losing seasons, never finishing better than 5-7 (which they did in 2018 and 2019).

This season, though, the team has not only already secured a winning record, but it’s also looking to go undefeated. But first, it will make more history on Saturday.

For the first time in school history, it will be the host of ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular weekly college football kickoff show that sets the stage for the day’s action.

College GameDay will begin at 9 a.m. ET at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.

Originally, Coastal Carolina was set to host Liberty on Saturday afternoon, but that matchup was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns within the Flames’ program. The Chanticleers are now set to host BYU in a matchup that was made official on Thursday and could lead to one of these teams getting an opportunity to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

Here’s the full Top 25 schedule for this week, along with picks for each game, followed by a closer look at this spontaneous BYU-Coastal Carolina matchup that could be the most exciting game of the day.

           

Week 14 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

                

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina, noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall, noon ET, ESPN+

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 13 BYU at No. 18 Coastal Carolina, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

No. 23 Oregon at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma, 8 p.m. ET, Fox

        

Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State at No. 20 USC, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Picks in bold.

           

BYU-Coastal Carolina Preview, Prediction

By agreeing to travel across the country to Coastal Carolina, BYU is putting its undefeated season on the line.

The Cougars weren’t scheduled to play again until Dec. 12, when they’re likely to earn a home win over San Diego State. Now, they have

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Mysterious Utah monolith’s location no longer a secret

The location of the mysterious monolith discovered last week among the red rocks of eastern Utah was destined not to remain a secret for long.

Monday’s revelation set off a frenzy of internet sleuthing, and by Wednesday intrepid hikers were posting selfies with the gleaming 10-foot-tall sculpture.

Utah wildlife officials spotted the object during an aerial count of bighorn sheep on Nov. 18 — and it was the record of their helicopter’s flight path that revealed the coordinates posted by Reddit user Tim Slane.

Slane told BBC reporters that he found a point in the flight record that indicated the helicopter might have landed, and then he examined satellite images of that area, about 20 miles southwest of Moab. One image revealed a shadow apparently cast by a tall, slender object.

Video: This mystery object was found in the Utah desert

Among the Reddit readers intrigued by Slane’s posting of the coordinates was David Surber, a 33-year-old Utah man who drove six hours through the night and then hiked to the site, on Bureau of Land Management property about 3 miles east of Canyonlands National Park. He may have been the first hiker there, but he wasn’t alone for long.

A spokesperson from the Utah Department of Public Safety told the BBC that the agency wants to warn hikers that the trek could be dangerous, but it is public land and open to anyone who wants to attempt the trip.

Though BLM restrictions prohibit such unauthorized art installations, no decision has been made to remove the monolith, the spokesperson said.

Speculation about the artist has focused on John McCracken, a Berkeley-born sculptor who died in 2011. If it is indeed his work, he never mentioned it to family, friends or the gallerist who represents his work, the New York Times said.

Slane told the BBC that the satellite images he studied suggest it was installed in 2016, well after McCracken’s death.

The David Zwirner Gallery initially identified the monolith as McCracken’s work, but then retracted that statement.

McCracken’s son, San Francisco photographer Patrick McCracken, told the Times that after the discovery he remembered a 2002 conversation in which his father “said something to the effect of that he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later.”

The monolith is in Lockhart Basin, within the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument as proclaimed by President Obama in 2016. President Trump’s controversial order greatly reducing the monument’s size is being contested in court.

 

 

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 13 on ESPN

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the “GameDay” crew will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this week to preview the Iron Bowl for only the eighth time in the show’s history.

The game clearly has national championship implications for the Crimson Tide (7-0, 7-0 SEC), who want not only to avenge last year’s 48-45 loss to the Tigers — one that included two pick-sixes from Mac Jones — but also to remain on the inside track to make the College Football Playoff. Steve Sarkisian’s offense, led by Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris, remain a finely tuned machine in 2020, ranking third nationally in points per game (49.4), sixth in yards per game (548.6) and third in passing yards per game (366.1).

The defense has improved this season, as well; Alabama gave up a combined 20 points in its last three outings, including a shutout vs. Mississippi State and just a field goal surrendered against Kentucky.

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Auburn (5-2, 5-2 SEC) is a heavy underdog heading into this matchup, but when has that ever mattered in the Iron Bowl? The Tigers will likely look to use several packages and gadget plays to confuse Alabama’s defense on Saturday. To that end, look for quarterback Bo Nix, Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz, Eli Stove and Tank Bigsby to throw anything and everything at the Tide. Is a defense that has given up 22 points and more than 400 yards per game going to be able to stop Alabama’s offense?

We can’t wait to find out. Here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits Tuscaloosa, Ala.:

Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 13?

  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Matchup: No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama

This week’s “GameDay” matchup will be the second for Alabama and Auburn this season. Both teams were pitted against Georgia: The Tigers lost 27-6 to the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga., while the Tide beat them 41-24 at home.

Alabama will make its 49th overall appearance on the show, going 31-17 in its previous 48 matchups. That includes a 6-8 home record, however. Auburn, meanwhile, will make its 22nd appearance, having gone 10-11 all-time prior to Saturday’s matchup. That includes a 1-5 road record, including 0-1 record at Alabama (a 55-44 loss in 2014).

In all, Alabama holds a 4-3 edge over the Tigers when the Iron Bowl is the featured “GameDay” matchup.

‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The “College GameDay” crew of Davis, Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will preview Week 13’s college football action live from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home.

The game will be broadcast on CBS, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

It’s uncertain where “GameDay” will head for Week 14. Ohio State-Michigan State in East Lansing,

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 9 on ESPN

Another week, another Big Ten “GameDay” matchup.

This week, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the crew will head to University Park, Pa., for the ranked matchup between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 18 Penn State. The Buckeyes looked as dominant as ever against Nebraska to open their 2020 schedule, even after a relatively slow start against Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers. The shocking, mistake-filled loss by Penn State to Indiana, however, kept this game from being a top-10 matchup like many thought it would be.

The question now becomes how James Franklin and Co. respond after the disheartening loss: Will the Nittany Lions look despondent and start the season 0-2, or will they be able to challenge the Big Ten East favorites and potentially vault themselves back into College Football Playoff contention? The same must be asked of the Buckeyes, who can’t afford to overlook Penn State because of its loss to the Hoosiers.

With that, here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits University Park, Pa.:

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 9?

  • Location: University Park, Pa.
  • Matchup: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State

This week’s “GameDay” matchup stands out for several reasons. First, it will tie Ohio State-Penn State as the most featured matchup in the show’s history (matching Alabama-LSU with 11 overall appearances). It’s also the first game in which Lee Corso provided a headgear pick: He correctly predicted an Ohio State victory in 1996 when he donned a Brutus the Buckeye headgear. No. 3 Ohio State beat No. 4 Penn State 38-7.

Historically, Ohio State has dominated this matchup. The Buckeyes boast an 8-2 record against the Nittany Lions, including a 2-1 record as the road team. The Nittany Lions have not beaten Ohio State in a “GameDay” matchup since 2008: No. 3 Penn State beat No. 10 Ohio State 13-6 that season in Columbus, Ohio.

Overall, this will be Penn State’s 22nd time featured on the show; the Nittany Lions have an 8-13 record, including a 4-3 home record. It will be Ohio State’s 48th appearance (tying it for the all-time lead with Alabama); the Buckeyes boast a much more impressive 33-14 record, including a 13-4 away record.

‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The “College GameDay” crew of Davis, Herbstreit and David Pollack will preview Week 9’s college football action live from University Park, Pa. Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home. Desmond Howard, who on Thursday announced he tested positive for COVID-19, will join the broadcast from his home. The game will be broadcast on ABC, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

“GameDay” has a tough choice to make for its Week 10 slate of games, however. The Pac-12 returns to football, making Eugene, Ore. (Stanford at No. 14 Oregon) and Los Angeles

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 8 on ESPN

“College GameDay” is making its way to Big Ten territory this week for the first time in 2020.

This week, the “GameDay” crew will preview the first ranked matchup of the Big Ten season: No. 18 Michigan (9-4 in 2019) at No. 21 Minnesota (11-2). Both teams will look to start the season off on a strong note, with each game taking on even greater impact due to the COVID-19-shortened season.

Plus, there’s the battle for college football’s most famous trophy: the Little Brown Jug.

Tanner Morgan, arguably the best quarterback in the Big Ten outside of Ohio State’s Justin Fields, will lead the Gophers against the Wolverines. He finished his 2019 campaign completing 210 of 318 passes (66 percent) for 3,253 yards and 30 touchdowns to seven interceptions. But how will the defense — which ranked 10th nationally last season — fare without seven of its eight top tacklers from 2019?

Conversely, Michigan will start a new quarterback in Joe Milton. It is seemingly the one position Jim Harbaugh has struggled to develop, and Saturday’s performance by him could go a long way in determining the Wolverines’ 2020 season.

Here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits Minneapolis:

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 8?

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Matchup: No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota

“GameDay” will feature the Gophers for only the second time in show history on Saturday. Minnesota’s only prior appearance came in 2019 — also in Minneapolis — for the ranked rivalry matchup between No. 13 Wisconsin and the ninth-ranked Gophers. The Badgers won handily, 38-17, to clinch both the Paul Bunyan Axe and the Big Ten West championship.

Michigan, meanwhile, will make its 32nd all-time appearance in Saturday’s episode. The Wolverines are 15-16 when among the featured teams on “GameDay.” Moreover, they are 4-10 as the road team — which includes nine straight losses.

‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The “College GameDay” crew of Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack will preview Week 7’s college football action live from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Lee Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home. The game will be broadcast on ABC, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

“GameDay” seems to have an obvious choice for its Week 9 site: University Park, Pa., for the top-10 matchup between No. 5 Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State. This game, which has been a “White Out” every year dating back to 2012, will have no fans in the stands at Beaver Stadium, as part of the Big Ten’s return-to-play protocol.

Week Matchup Location Guest Picker Corso’s Headgear Outcome
2 No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. Chris Paul Tigers Clemson 37, Wake Forest 13
3 No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville Louisville, Ky. Bill Murray Hurricanes
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ESPN College GameDay 2020: Week 8 Location Hosts, TV Schedule and Predictions | Bleacher Report

Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman runs after a catch against Georgia Southern in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 35-32. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

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The Big Ten season has arrived. After originally planning not to play in 2020, the conference’s teams will be having eight-game seasons comprising matchups against other Big Ten schools.

And with the Big Ten getting added to the mix, ESPN is heading to one of the conference’s schools for College GameDay on Saturday. The popular college football kickoff show will be held at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis ahead of the season opener between No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Minnesota.

College GameDay begins at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN and will not have fans in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been the case each week this season. The Wolverines and Golden Gophers will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC in a marquee primetime matchup.

That’s not the only exciting action taking place across the country this weekend. Here’s a look at the full Top 25 schedule, along with predictions, followed by a preview of the top matchups to watch.

                    

Week 8 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Oct. 23

Illinois at No. 14 Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

         

Saturday, Oct. 24

Syracuse at No. 1 Clemson, noon ET, ACC Network

Nebraska at No. 5 Ohio State, noon ET, Fox

No. 23 NC State at No. 14 North Carolina, noon ET, ESPN

Kansas at No. 20 Kansas State, noon ET, Fox Sports 1

Georgia Southern at No. 25 Coastal Carolina, noon ET, ESPNU

Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Marshall, 2:30 p.m. ET

No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 3 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 8 Penn State at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 19 Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Virginia at No. 11 Miami, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Texas State at No. 12 BYU, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Predictions in bold.

                

Top Matchups to Watch

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State

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With Oklahoma and Texas having some struggles this season, the two highest-ranked Big 12 teams in the AP Top 25 poll are Oklahoma State and Iowa State, which have both gotten off to strong starts in 2020—even if it’s been a little while since these teams have played.

Iowa State had a bye in Week 7, so this will be its first game since Oct. 10. It’s been even longer for Oklahoma State, which had a bye and then had its game against Baylor last week postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak for the Bears. The Cowboys hadn’t had consecutive weekends off during a regular season since 1918, according to the Associated Press.

The teams’ matchup will affect the top of

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 7 on ESPN

For the third straight week, “College GameDay” will feature a meeting of top-10 teams.

This week, that takes the form of an SEC matchup between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia — the conference’s last remaining undefeated teams just four weeks into its season. While Saturday’s game is the only guaranteed meeting between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, they could see each other again in the SEC championship game on Dec. 19. So, will Saturday’s monumental matchup be the only of the season, or a precursor to a December rematch?

Regardless, the outcome of Saturday’s contest will hinge on both teams’ defenses; for Georgia’s second-ranked unit, that includes limiting one of the most prolific offense in the country in Mac Jones, Najee Harris, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith. For Alabama’s, that entails making even a few stops against Stetson Bennett, Zamir White and Co.

Here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits the Tuscaloosa, Ala.:

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Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 7?

  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Matchup: No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

Saturday’s episode of “GameDay” will take place in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the city’s 15th appearance on the show (and the Crimson Tide’s 48th total). Alabama has a 30-17 record all-time on “GameDay,” including a 4-2 record against Georgia. That said, the Tide are 6-8 when the featured home team; that includes an 0-2 stint against the Bulldogs. This will be Georgia’s 25th all-time appearance on “GameDay,” where they have gone 8-16 in their prior 24 meetings. That includes a 3-5 record as the away team.

‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET

The “College GameDay” crew of Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack will preview Week 7’s college football action live from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Lee Corso, whose health is at greater risk should he contract COVID-19, has to this point set up a remote office in his home. The game will be broadcast on CBS, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.

“GameDay” has several options to consider for its Week 8 site; depending on the outcome of Saturday’s games, it could consider a trek to Knoxville, Tenn., for a ranked matchup between No. 2 Alabama and No. 18 Tennessee. Another option is Stillwater, Okla., for a potential ranked meeting between No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Iowa State. But the Big Ten also returns to football that week, and “GameDay” could head to Minneapolis for No. 19 Michigan at No. 24 Minnesota or Columbus, Ohio for Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State.

Week Matchup Location Guest Picker Corso’s Headgear Outcome
2 No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. Chris Paul Tigers Clemson 37, Wake Forest 13
3 No. 17 Miami at No. 18 Louisville Louisville, Ky. Bill Murray Hurricanes Miami 47, Louisville 34
4 Florida State at No. 12 Miami Coral Gables, Fla. Stugotz Hurricanes Miami
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ESPN College Gameday 2020: TV Schedule, Predictions and Location for Week 7 | Bleacher Report

Alabama running back Najee Harris runs for a first down against Mississippi during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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There’s not much better on a Saturday in the fall than a matchup between two of the top college football teams in the country. And that’s exactly what we’re getting this weekend.

ESPN’s College GameDay will be on site at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to preview Saturday’s action ahead of a marquee SEC matchup between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia. The show will begin at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN, while the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs kick off at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

It’s the only matchup featuring a pair of ranked teams this week, but it’s sure to be an exciting one.

Although both teams are among the best in the nation, Alabama may be without its head coach. The school announced on Wednesday that Nick Saban had tested positive for COVID-19, and it’s unclear whether he could be cleared in time. Obviously, the Crimson Tide are better with their longtime leader on the sideline.

Heading into Week 7 of the 2020 season, here’s a look at the full top-25 schedule for the week and predictions for each matchup, followed by more on the huge Georgia-Alabama clash.

            

Week 7 Top 25 Schedule, Predictions

Friday, Oct. 16

No. 17 SMU at Tulane, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 14 BYU at Houston, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

           

Saturday, Oct. 17

No. 1 Clemson at Georgia Tech, noon ET, ABC

Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami, noon ET, ACC Network

No. 15 Auburn at South Carolina, noon ET, ESPN

Kentucky at No. 18 Tennessee, noon ET, SEC Network

Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 5 North Carolina at Florida State, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

Boston College at No. 23 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

            

Georgia-Alabama Preview, Prediction

Alabama has won its past five meetings with Georgia, who haven’t notched a win in the series since 2007. But that doesn’t mean the Bulldogs haven’t come close to beating their SEC rival or that there haven’t been some exciting games between the two teams.

The last two times the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs went head-to-head were both high-stakes matchups in 2018—but in different seasons. Alabama won an overtime thriller 26-23 on Jan. 8 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Then, it beat Georgia again 35-28 in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 later that same year.

This time, the two teams are playing early in the season. Because the SEC didn’t begin its 10-game conference-only slate until Sept. 26, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs have both played only three games thus far. And they’ve each gotten off to a 3-0 start.

Alabama has notched wins over Missouri, Texas A&M and Ole Miss, and it’s been putting up a ton of offense. Redshirt junior quarterback Mac Jones (1,101 yards, eight touchdowns and

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