Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is unsure who should be his starting quarterback heading into this weekend’s game against Western Michigan. Alabama’s Nick Saban may be slightly more definitive in his quarterback decision this week. On Monday Saban showed signs of leaning toward Jacob Coker to be the Tide’s QB1 when they look to bounce back after a home loss to Ole Miss.
“At this point, providing he does the things he has to do, I think we’ll start him in this game,” Saban said Monday, per Al.com.
Saban started freshman Cooper Bateman this past weekend against Ole Miss, although Saban eventually replaced him with Coker. Was Saban out-thinking himself starting Bateman instead of Coker against Ole Miss? Would the game have gone any differently if Coker started the game? Probably not, since neither quarterback would be playing defense or special teams for the Tide.
No matter which player ends up playing quarterback for Alabama, Saban should see his team pick up a win this weekend. Alabama hosts Louisiana-Monroe. Of course, Saban is 0-1 against the Warhawks since he was hired to be Alabama’s head coach. ULM upset Alabama by a score of 21-14 in 2007, Saban’s first season as Alabama’s head coach. The two schools have not faced each other since 2007.