Friday, October 20, 2017

Alabama at Penn State

Fans will likely see four different quarterbacks take snaps when Alabama travels to Penn State in Week 2.

Alabama offense vs. Penn State defense
Alabama coach Nick Saban has not declared whether AJ McCarron or Phillip Sims will start this week in Happy Valley, and both could see the field against the Nittany Lions. McCarron made his first career start last week and there were some positives. He gets the ball out relatively quickly and shows placement in the short passing game, which should lead to run-after-catch opportunities for his receivers. He did force the ball at times, however, and locked on to his primary receiver and was inconsistent in terms of timing and anticipation. Those issues are likely to carry over somewhat this week in front of a hostile crowd, and while Sims is loaded with natural ability he's even less polished and more erratic than McCarron. How the young signal-callers handle the pressure and noise on the road will go a long way toward deciding the outcome of this game, and Penn State it must cash in on the handful of mistakes they are sure to make to have any chance to upset the Tide.