The NCAA football season is entering Week 4 this week and the Alabama Crimson Tide are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing Week 3 loss at home against the Ole Miss Rebels. It was a tough loss, but they can easily bounce back and put together an impressive season for the rest of the year.
Nick Saban’s first decision has to be who will be the teams starting quarterback against Western Michigan this week.
According to a report from College Football Talk, Saban expects Jacob Coker to be the starting quarterback this week. It isn’t all that surprising, after Coker took over against Ole Miss after freshman quarterback Cooper Bateman after a rough start for him. Coker is a very talented quarterback and likely gives Alabama the best chance for them to win at this point in time.
Coker has thrown for 628 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions so far this season. He does have more experience as a senior, but whether or not he has the ability to be a star or not this year is another question.
Alabama should come away with a blowout win this weekend no matter who they decide to start under center. Coker is going to have a fairly easy task of shredding the Western Michigan defense assuming the Crimson Tide do start him. He needs a big game after the disappointment from the Ole Miss game, but Alabama cannot afford to dwell on the loss.
They still have one of the more talented rosters in all of college football and they still have a legitimate chance to make a run at the second college football playoff.
Expect to hear a decision on the starting quarterback job from Saban at some point in the next couple of days. At this point in time, expect to see Coker get the nod with Bateman being the primary backup.
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