Alabama Crimson Tide
September 22, 2012 by staff
Alabama Crimson Tide, The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will try to continue their dominating ways as they entertain the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday evening. For the second consecutive week, FAU will face a top-10 opponent from the SEC. The Owls hung tough with Georgia last week, having tied the game 14-14 in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs pulled away from there to post a 56-20 victory.
“I was confident coming into the game, you could see signs all week in practice,” head coach Carl Pelini said. “The speed, execution, the assignments — the mistakes are going away. We can be pretty good. I think our offense made a jump this week.”
Alabama started the season ranked No. 2 in the AP Top-25, but following a 41-14 beat down of nationally-ranked Michigan in the opener, it promptly shot up to the top spot. The Tide has held on to that position by notching back-to- back shutout wins over Western Kentucky (35-0) and Arkansas (52-0), marking the first time they’ve accomplished that feat since 1980. In its last 17 quarters dating back to last season, Alabama has outscored it opponents by an incredible 167-14 margin.
This game marks the first meeting between these two teams.
Despite Pelini’s feelings that his offense is picking up steam, it has yet to prove so on the scoreboard. The unit averages just 14.7 ppg and 335.3 ypg in the early going this season.
Graham Wilbert has been efficient, albeit unspectacular, under center, completing nearly 68 percent of his passes (53-of-78) for 569 yards with four touchdowns against only one interception.
Although he has yet to start a game, William Dukes leads the team in receiving with 12 catches for 162 yards. Byron Hankerson has shown flashes of excellence, catching nine balls for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Damian Fortner is coming off a career-high 81 yards against Georgia, also adding his first-ever rushing touchdown. He now leads the team with 123 yards rushing, although Martese Jackson (110 yards) isn’t far behind.
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