Planning for success: Alabama

October, 3, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Crimson Tide get right back at it against an eager Georgia State team at home on Saturday:

The Crimson Tide will win if ...

The first-string should be out of the game sometime in the first half and the second- and third-string should have little trouble dispensing of Georgia State the rest of the game. For Alabama, Saturday isn't about simply winning. That should come with ease. Instead, facing GSU is about working out the kinks and discovering what young players are ready to step up for the stretch run.

[+] EnlargeC.J. Mosley
John David Mercer/USA TODAY SportsThe Alabama defense will likely have a chance to rotate in younger players against Georgia State.
The Panthers will win if ...

Let's face it, Georgia State isn't leaving Bryant-Denny Stadium with anything other than the big check it was paid to play in Saturday's game. GSU, young though the program may be, is arguably the least competitive in all of the FBS. Trent Miles is still a long way off from building his team into a contender.

Georgia State players to watch

WR Albert Wilson: The senior wideout and return specialist has four of the longest plays from the line of scrimmage in Georgia State history, his latest coming on a 75-yard touchdown reception against Jacksonville State two weeks ago.

WR Danny Williams: He and Wilson have formed a formidable duo at wideout this season. Williams, a senior, already has 111 receptions, 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.

LB Tarris Batiste: The 6-foot-1, 210-pound sophomore leads the team tackles (24) and tackles for loss (4.5).

Alabama players to watch

C Chad Lindsay: He filled in well for starting center Ryan Kelly last week. Now Lindsay must take over leading the offensive line for the next few weeks.

CB Eddie Jackson: The freshman was called the missing piece of the puzzle after last weekend's game against Ole Miss when he helped shut down the Rebels' previously potent passing attack, hauling in a key interception in the first half. He's young, so pay close attention to his growth over the coming weeks.

Backup QBs: We've only seen Blake Sims come on late in relief so far, but it stands to reason that we'll see a third quarterback come off the bench Saturday. The likely candidate is redshirt freshman Alec Morris, who has a strong arm but is still in need of some polishing. How we performs in relief could springboard him into the quarterback competition next year when AJ McCarron is gone.

Key stats

48: Alabama is 48-0 since 2008 when it wins the turnover battle.

43: Since Nick Saban took over the Alabama program, the Tide has given up 10 points or fewer 43 times.

106: Cade Foster has scored in a school-record 106 consecutive games.

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Alabama/SEC reporter

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