The Alabama vs. Penn State game is almost upon us. Alabama vs. Penn State marks one of the many games this weekend where ranked teams play each other, and it could be one of those epic games that people talk about all season. The chance also exists that this could turn into a one-sided game that favors the Alabama Crimson Tide, but that’s why they play the games. No. 1 Alabama plays host to No. 18 Penn State in a game that could really decide how much of a chance either team has of making it to the national championship game in January.
Both Alabama and Penn State won their week 1 games pretty easily, making this week 2 match-up even more intriguing. Alabama didn’t exactly play a tough opponent in week 1, as they beat the San Jose State Spartans by a score of 48-3. Starting quarterback Greg McElroy threw for 218 yards on just 13-16 passing, and ended up with a quarterback rating of 216.33. He connected six times with wide receiver Julio Jones for 93 yards and a touchdown, and that beautiful combination could be tough again on Saturday. Running back Eddie Lacy also ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries for Alabama.
Penn State beat Youngstown State 44-14 last weekend, and they too looked pretty dominant. Freshman quarterback Robert Bolden threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in his first action on the college football field, but he has never had a test like he has against Alabama on Saturday. Wide receiver Brett Brackett (a senior) handled most of the load on offense, catching eight passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. It was clear that this Penn State team will be good in the passing game, but their run game is a bit suspect. They will need big games from both Bolden and their defense to contend on Saturday.
The Alabama vs. Penn State game takes place at 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) on Saturday, with kickoff taking place live on ESPN. It is one of the great games that ESPN has this weekend, and could be a great game. There will be a lot of pressure on Penn State quarterback Robert Bolden, and this could be the game of his college career if he is somehow able to lead the Nittany Lions past the defending national champions. For Alabama, they will want to pressure Bolden often, and make this game about winning in the trenches.