Today at Alabama’s weekly press conference, head coach Nick Saban said that it was unlikely that Mark Ingram will play this saturday at home against Penn State (7:00 ESPN). Although you don’t like to hear of anyone having an injury, Mark Ingram’s lingering knee injury is great news for the Lions and their fans.
With the injury of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and the suspension of National Championship Defensive MVP Marcell Dareus, Alabama will be without arguably their 2 best players. Some people would argue that it is still not enough for a monumental upset of a team that has won 25 regular season games in a row, but the arguement could be made that we now have a chance this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban said it himself in today’s news conference: ” This is a good overall, all around team that doesn’t give you much and that we’re certainly going to have to bring our A-game to be able to do a good job against them.”
Granted, Alabama probably has the best backup running back in the country in Trent Richardson. He is a fast and powerful sophomore that would start at 95% of the programs around the country. And the defense, while it doesn’t return many starters, may be better than last years’ national championship team.
Everyone knows that it is still a long shot to beat the Tide, there is a better chance with the loss of two key players. It will be interesting to watch and hopefully we will somehow pull out with a win (JoePa’s 396th) on 9/11 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
ESPN and college football’s premiere pregame show College Gameday will be there and so will the Saturday Night Football Crew in Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews! Be sure to watch on ESPN at 7:00!