Alabama Crimson Tide: Western Carolina Game Notes and News

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Check out all the pertinent information for the Alabama Crimson Tide contest with Western Carolina, Senior Day and notes on Catamounts QB, Tyrie Adams.

Kickoff: 11:02 AM CST

Team Records:  Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1); Western Carolina (3-8)

Television: ESPN

Online Video Stream: WatchESPN

Announcers: Play-by-Play Roy Philpott; Color: Kelly Stouffer; Sideline: Lauren Sisler

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network – available on standard CTSN stations and Sirius/XM 133/190

Announcers: Eli Gold, John Parker Wilson and Rashad Johnson

Western Carolina Head Coach, Mark Spier previously brought the Catamounts to Tuscaloosa in 2014. The Crimson Tide prevailed 48-14. Speir will have no delusions about the magnitude of challenge for his FCS squad.

The official website of Catamount sports is honestly calling the game a “David vs Goliath” matchup. There is some optimism about the quarterback battle. Southern Conference (SOCON) fans have little respect for Mac Jones. Some of them are actually claiming the best quarterback on the field Saturday will be Western Carolina, redshirt-senior, Tyrie Adams. Adams is a talented dual-threat quarterback with a chance to make an NFL team.

Back in the summer, Bama Hammer ranked the Tide’s opposing QBs for the 2019 season, from worst to best. We rated Adams as No. 9 among the 12. In retrospect, he should have been rated higher, maybe as high as fifth or sixth, and certainly higher than some SEC starters. Adams proved to be good enough to have played FBS football but coming out of high school, Western Carolina only gave him a partial scholarship. Adams proved himself in his first spring practice and earned a full scholarship. Adams holds the school, career record for “passing yards (8,864), passing touchdowns (64), and total offense (11,385).”

Saturday will be Senior Day for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Players who will be honored are Connor Adams (DB), Shyheim Carter (DB), William Cooper (LB), Raekwon Davis (DL), Trevon Diggs (DB), Mac Hereford (WR), Jalen Jackson (WR), Anfernee Jennings (LB), Sean Kelly (DB), Terrell Lewis (LB), De’Marquise Lockridge (RB), Jared Mayden (DB), Tevita Musika (DL), John Parker (WR), Daniel Powell (TE), Loren Ugheoke (DB), Taylor Wilson (DL) and Matt Womack (OL).

The Alabama Crimson Tide will add to two astounding records with a win Saturday. Beating the Catamounts will run the Crimson Tide record streak of wins against unranked teams to 91 games.

Compliments of the Game Notes provided by, there is another incredible Crimson Tide record to consider. The top five college football programs in home stadium, winning percentage are Alabama, Boise State, Georgia Southern, Marshall and Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide is No. 1 with an 83.1 winning percentage at Bryant-Denny, going back to 1929.

The Bryant-Denny winning percentage is higher, to some degree, because for many decades, so many big games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham. What is astounding is in the post-Legion Field period, during Nick Saban’s Alabama football tenure, the Tide’s Bryant-Denny winning percentage is even higher – at 91.1 percent.

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If you only listened to national media, you might think only Alabama football has an FCS opponent this weekend. In fact, four other SEC teams do as well. Clemson also had one this month – Wofford in early November.