Alabama A&M will take on Jackson State this Saturday in a matchup where the sports betting odds are pretty tight. Alabama has had terrible luck so far, having played one pickup game and winning, 31-7.
Outside of that, all of their games have either been postponed or canceled, and they just hope to get out and get a game in. Meanwhile, Jackson State just suffered from back-to-back losses and are aiming to get themselves back on track against Alabama. Which of these teams have the upper hand going into this contest? Let’s take a closer look at this FCS matchup.
Alabama A&M Bulldogs @ Jackson State Tigers
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson, MS
Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Alabama comes into this game with arguably the worst luck in FCS football. This team just wants to go out and compete and yet they have been hit harder than any other team by COVID-19. Because of that, we haven’t gotten to see their team out there enough to know just how good or bad they are.
The offense has the potential to be excellent, though, as their quarterback, Aqeel Glass, was the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Now partner that with a group of playmakers on the outside like Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim and Odieu Hilaire and you have yourself a dangerous group that can put up points in bunches and maybe compete for a college football championship.
Their rushing attack could also be dominant as Gary Quarles was great in the lone game that the team has played, picking up 96 yards. Their defense may have trouble holding up at times because they haven’t had much game experience lately, but they didn’t look rusty in the only pickup game they played, holding the opposing team to only seven points.
Without a doubt, it is going to be interesting to see the Bulldogs out on the field with their arsenal of weapons after having to wait so long to get an opportunity to prove their dominance.
Jackson State Tigers
Jackson State is desperately hoping to stop the bleeding after dropping their last two games. The team has been flat out dominated at the line of scrimmage in both of those games as their offensive line has been atrocious. They’ve been constantly losing their battles to opposing edge rushers and not creating nearly enough space for their running backs to get going.
When you aren’t able to get solid blocking up front, your entire offense will suffer to move the football and that is exactly what has happened. Head coach Deion Sanders isn’t just going to wait around for the line to improve. Instead, he is sending out Quincy Casey to start at quarterback over Jalon Jones to give the team a spark.
Casey was originally a redshirt freshman who hadn’t played much at all this year but he does have a few strong weapons with Corey Reed Jr., Warren Newman, and Daylin Baldwin. At the end of the day, their offensive line is going to be the difference-maker and if they can’t create time for their quarterback, this game may not be close.