Cardinal&Gold Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 2,694 Likes Received: 3,741 Jun 11, 2020 #21 Alabama didn't take this game because they were worried about losing. Saban sparred with USC once and said book them again. SEC is notorious for choosing it's early non league opponents wisely. Urban Myer said the same thing. I think he sees a physicality gap. I use to box when I was younger. When you get hit in the face by someone with unusual power and hits harder than anyone you ever matched up with you say to yourself "I never want to get in the ring with that guy again". Not now, not later, not never. Reality sets in. Saban didn't get that feeling the first game. Otherwise he would be playing San Jose State that weekend. USC will be a very good team. Likely 10 wins but Alabama is salty from losing to LSU and Oklahoma down the stretch. I feel sorry for the first two teams they play. They are going to unload. Not to mention they signed another amazing recruiting class (4 five stars) number 2 in the Nation. This same team had trouble with physical teams last season losing to Iowa, ND, Oregon. They have to turn that corner and prove they can slug it out with a SEC team something they have not done in years. Too many questions marks. This game will not have anything to do with Bryce Young or Bama's offense, they will score enough to win and their defense will probable get a couple of score to widen the gap. It's going to be all about the defense. Alabama's bread and butter against a team with a brand new DC making his debut. Have to worry about break downs. On offense can Slovis handle the pass rush? Can the WR's get separation? Last time Bama's DB shut them down completely. They ran wild on everyone else. If this were played week 4 or 5 I would say USC has a shot. I think Orlando is going to need a few games to settle in that's only fair to him. I won't predict a score. I'll just say Alabama wins and is never threatened.