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No. 3 Alabama defeats Southern Miss 52-12 as warm up for Florida

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Southern Miss came to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Golden Eagles will leave with a nice paycheck for their troubles. The Crimson Tide dominated in all phases of the game and captured a 52-12 victory over the Golden Eagles.

The game was essentially a warm up for Alabama as Nick Saban‘s crew sets its sights on the team’s first game in SEC play against the Florida Gators.

Saban is a perfectionist, though. He’ll want to clean up some areas on special teams. And Alabama can be expected to open up its offense next week.

Alabama’s offense only attempted 24 passes compared to 49 rushing attempts. Five different Alabama running backs carried the ball and gained at least 39 yards. Sophomore Derrick Henry led the way with 11 carries for 73 yards. Although, junior Kenyan Drake was the game’s star with three rushing touchdowns. Despite questions around Alabama’s offensive line, the unit continue to open holes and create yardage against a hapless Golden Eagles’ defense.

Saban was also able to get backup quarterback Jacob Coker valuable playing time. If the quarterback competition is ongoing in Saban’s mind, starter Blake Sims didn’t make any mistakes. The senior was fairly accurate and threw a pair of touchdowns passes. Coker, meanwhile, was 5-of-7 passing, but he missed a streaking wide receiver that was wide open for a sure touchdown. Since Coker didn’t come into the game until late, it’s a good indication of which way Saban is leaning for the Florida game.

Alabama’s performance was exactly what everyone expects of an elite program playing an inferior opponent at home. Saban and his crew can now concentrate on the Gators.

Halftime: Amari Cooper passes ‘Wizard of Oz’ against Southern Miss

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The No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide may have played a sloppy first half against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, but Nick Saban‘s squad still leads 21-6. Junior wide receiver Amari Cooper is once again the most impressive player on the field. The 6-1, 210-pound target has five receptions for 72 yards.

At this point, Alabama quarterback Blake Sims only seems to look in Cooper’s direction. Sims completed seven passes in the first half. Cooper caught five, and the rest of Alabama’s receivers only added nine yards through two quarters of play.

With his first catch of the game, Cooper entered elite territory for an Alabama wide receiver.

Teams haven’t been able to stop Cooper during the first three games of the season. The wide receiver already has 30 receptions and 391 yards through two and a half games. There is no reason for Sims to spread the ball around if Cooper continues to produce.

But Cooper isn’t expected to produce too much in the second half. With a solid lead and Southern Miss unable to move the football, Alabama’s backups are expected to receive plenty of playing time in the third and fourth quarters.