Football preview: Alabama starts season at Missouri, Auburn welcomes No. 23 Kentucky, UAB travels to USA

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College football season kicks off in the minds of many states this week with the start of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama visits Missouri on Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN and Auburn welcomes Kentucky at 11 a.m. on the SEC network.

While the word “or” appears 27 times on the Crimson Tide depth map, raising questions about who gets the nod, there’s no question as to whether Redshirt junior quarterback Mac Jones is snapping the first shot.

“Of course, I think the more knowledge and experience you get by playing, the more mistakes you have made and the good games you have made will help you develop confidence and increase your chances of a consistent game by making better decisions. Coach Nick Saban said. “I think Mac’s game shows that and we’re very confident that he can do a good job for us.”

Two newcomers are listed as starters on the Alabama depth map – Jack linebacker Will Anderson and star defensive back Malachi Moore.

“Both players had really good camps,” said the coach. “They were able to learn and grow very quickly in the system and we needed a few players to get through as young players in certain positions. These two guys definitely did that and did a very good job. We will help them in any way we can so that they can play well. “

Alabama’s Nick Saban shares the challenges of COVID-19 as the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo gets closer to the start of the season.

Auburn ranks 8th in the AP Top 25, while Kentucky ranks 23rd. The only time the Tigers and Wildcats met was in 1955. That year, No. 14 Auburn joined 19th place Kentucky 14-14 at Legion Field.

Auburn’s Zykeivous Walker (3) trains against the Kentucky Wildcats ahead of Saturday’s season opener. (Todd Van Emst / AU Athletics)

The renewal of the rivalry this week will take place on the plains, albeit in a different environment with entry restrictions imposed by COVID.

“When the schedule came out, the first thing I noticed was that we were at home for the very first game, which I think is important with all this new normal,” said coach Gus Malzahn. “When it’s a regular game day and we have 90,000 fans, there is no better place in all of college football than here.

“But the fact that the majority of our fans will be students and our student division is always one of the best, if not the best, in the country, I know they’ll have their A-game and they’ll be as loud as you can.” possible to win, ”continued Malzahn. “That, along with the noise of the crowd, I think it’s going to be a pretty good atmosphere that is pretty loud.”

On the field, the manager expressed concern about a large, talented Wildcat offensive line that paved the way for a strong running attack last season.

“The fact that they are one of the best rushing teams in college football and this league is really what you notice,” said Malzahn. “If you look at both their offensive and defensive lines, that’s where they got most of their guys back. We lost most of our boys on the offensive and defensive front. It’s going to be a challenge (and) our boys are well aware of it. “

Auburns Gus Malzahn speaks at the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo about his young team and the coming season.

UAB in South Alabama (tonight): The blazers and jaguars, each 1: 1, said goodbye last week before renewing their rivalry in the state at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. The game will be a homecoming for nine blazers from the mobile field.

Also, head coach Bill Clark was the defensive coordinator in South Alabama from 2008 to 2012, while offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent was the offensive coordinator of the Jaguars in 2011-13 and 2015-16. Cornerbacks coach Jay Simpson played for the Jags from 2009 to 2011.

“Every time you go home it’s a big deal,” said Clark. “You want to do well in the city and the area where you were born. This is a big deal for our boys. Our children are very excited about it. Hope we have a few faces there as capacity is very limited. Hopefully we will at least bring their families there. “

The UAB Blazers head south to take on the South Alabama Jaguars at their new Hancock Whitney Stadium. It’s the third game on Thursday night in a row for the Blazers. (UAB Athletics)

Blazers QB Tyler Johnston III is out for several weeks with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Redshirt newcomer Bryson Lucero will start in his place.

Hayden Pittman said Lucero’s commitment to film studies reminded him of the great NFL player Tom Brady.

“I’m going to come and try to get something to eat at 9 pm and he’s still going to be in the movie room,” said Pittman. “He takes it really seriously. At this point, he’s doing a really good job. I think his deep balls are really good (and) he can throw around 70 yards. That’s one thing that sets him apart. “

US coach Steve Campbell said today’s opponents have made it into the top 10 defensively for the past two years. “They are a very physical football team with a lot of speed,” he said.

UAB beat the US 35-3 in their only previous meeting at Legion Field last season.

Troy at Brigham Young: A week ago the Trojans were alone on the State College stage. This week, Troy has the final on the state schedule and will face BYU # 18 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Saturday at 9:15 p.m. Troy took a 33-point victory in Middle Tennessee.

UNIVERSITIES

Class 7A: Hoover, # 2 on the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s latest ranking, welcomes his second top 10 opponent in as many weeks as # 6 Prattville comes to town. A week ago the Bucs knocked – No. 9 Oak Mountain out of the top 10 with a 42-7 win.

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Class 6A: No. 8 Cullman visits Mars Hill Class 2A No. 2.

Class 5A: No. 1. Central-Clay County (5-0) maintains No. 4 Pleasant Grove, who have won three in their four games.

Class 4A: # 2 Gordo houses Northridge. Everyone is 5-0.

Class 3A: # 4 Flomaton goes to the Sunshine State to face Jay (Fla.) High.

Class 2A: No. 3 Red Bay (3-0) has alternated wins and farewells, with the first win being forfeited. The Tigers will play for a second straight week when they travel to Belmont, Mississippi.

Class 1A: No. 9 Winterboro welcomes BB Comer (3-1).

AISA: No. 8. Patrician (3-1) wants to hang a loss to No. 10 Morgan Academy (4-0).

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