Staff Predictions for Chattanooga vs Alabama
Alabama and Chattanooga will meet for the 13th time on Saturday and the second time in the Nick Saban era.
This will be the final non-conference game of the regular season and it should be nothing more than a tune up before the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship. The Moccasins are an FCS school - albeit ranked 11th in the nation - but Alabama is expected to roll in this matchup.
So, what will the final score be on Saturday night?
Martin Houston, Host of The Morning Blitz
It's really easy to pick a winner in these games, but difficult to pick the score. Not sure how much the starters will play, but if they get a half in and play like the championship team they are, look for them to score 42 points, while holding Chattanooga to 0. In the 2nd half, the reserves will continue the scoring. Alabama takes care of business and gets ready for the Tigers. Alabama 63, Chattanooga 0
Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Look for Bama to be sharp early and rest starters in 2nd half. Bama will look to keep ball on the ground and run up big rushing numbers. Alabama 45, Chattanooga 6
Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room
Bama always shows up to play regardless of opponent. Look for the Tide to empty the bench early to stay away from injuries. Alabama 48, Chattanooga 3
Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show
The question is how much will the starters play before Nick Saban feels comfortable getting the reserves in? Chattanooga is a quality FCS team. Alabama is the best team in FBS. Alabama 48, Chattanooga 6
Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports
With the Iron Bowl up next, the Mocs will offer a look on offense similar to what the nation's top-ranked defense will see from Auburn. And the visitors will be rewarded for it with a lopsided loss and a check with plenty of zeroes. Alabama 49, Chattanooga 3
Aaron Suttles, Host of The Suttles Approach
This team is on pace to shatter offensive scoring records. That march continues this week, although with plenty of reserves seeing action. Alabama 52, Chattanooga 0
Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game
Chattanooga is no contest for the Crimson Tide, look for Alabama to continue to work on a passing attack against the Mocs. Alabama's back up players should get plenty of reps in this game. Alabama 55, Chattanooga 6
Ben George, Digital Managing Editor
Expect to see a lot of carries on Saturday night, but hopefully quarterback Jalen Hurts doesn't get many of them. Backup Cooper Bateman should get a number of reps when the game is out of hand by halftime. The only drama will be whether the Crimson Tide can keep the opponent out of the endzone for the third straight game. Alabama 56, Chattanooga 6
James Hardy, Producer
Alabama gets to enjoy their final tune up before the annual clash with Auburn. Expect Jalen Hurts to have more opportunities to fine tune his game in the passing department. This week should also provide another opportunity for the back ups to receive valuable game reps. Alabama 45, Chattanooga 0
Thomas Paradiso, Producer
No issues for the Tide here. Good tune-up game before the Iron Bowl. Alabama 56 Chattanooga 7