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Several Tests For Jags On Saturday Against Nicholls State
Saturday is a big day for South Alabama football. The Jaguars will be returning to the field after a week off, They’ll also be facing their first Football Championship Subdivision opponent in Nicholls State.
And while the Colonels enter the game with an 0-2 record, having lost by big margins to San Diego State and Western Michigan, they are expected to be a good test for the Jags.
Not only is head coach Joey Jones eager to see how his team will respond in such a game, but so are South Alabama fans. How the Jags fare Saturday could determine the type of support they receive the remainder of the season.
It will also be interesting to see how many fans attend Saturday’s game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. With Alabama kicking off on the road against Duke at 2:30 p.m. (ABC-TV) and Auburn playing Clemson at home beginning at 6 p.m. (ESPN) and the Jags starting at 4 p.m. against a better opponent than they have faced thus far, this game could speak volumes as to what the team can expect the rest of the year.
A win would be a solid step forward for the program and might also lead to bigger crowds for the team’s remaining five home games. The Jags drew more than 22,000 for the season-opener, a 56-0 win over NAIA member Pikeville College.
By Tommy Hicks, The Birmingham News