Alabama rolls over Mercer

21 November 2017 04:46:37 GMTPlus11

The Alabama Crimson Tide completed a meaningless victory over the Bears of Mercer on Saturday as the top team in the nation ran out 56-0 winners.

In what was little more than a stat padding exercise quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 7-of-7 for 180 yards and three touchdowns with his back-up Tua Tagovailoa also throwing for three scores on 7-of-11 for 85 yards.

The Tide added 265 yards on the ground on 42 carries to move to 11-0 on the campaign and now heads to Auburn to play the Tigers in the Iron Bowl.

Auburn has lost just once within the SEC this season and as such would hold the tiebreaker if they were to get the better of Alabama.

The Bulldogs of Georgia await in the SEC Championship game to be played at the home of the Atlanta Falcons, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Unlike the Crimson Tide, the Miami Hurricanes played a legitimate opponent on Saturday and eased to a 44-28 victory at the Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida.

The Hurricanes found themselves on an upset alert as they fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but from 28-14 down early in the third quarter Miami ran off 30 unanswered points to consolidate their No. 2 rank in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

It's now on to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers this upcoming week before a showdown with Clemson for the ACC title at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Given the respective records and expectations around them, the ACC Championship appears effectively to be a Quarterfinal in the national title race with the winner being invited to the College Football Playoff.

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