Who: Western Carolina (1-9) at Alabama (9-1)
When: Saturday, 11:21 a.m.
Television: SEC Network. Dave Neal and Andre Ware will call the game from the booth, while Cara Capuano will serve as sideline reporter.
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium at Tuscaloosa
The series: The two teams have played twice, and Alabama won both times. Alabama won 52-0 in 2004 and 52-6 in 2007, which began the Nick Saban era in Tuscaloosa. The NCAA later vacated the 2007 win as part of sanctions over the violations involving players selling their text books. Vacating the win means the NCAA wants you to pretend it never happened. Don’t tell the NCAA, but it did.
Western Carolina background: The football program began in 1931, and the Catamounts have fielded a lot more losing teams that winning ones. But from 1969-88, the team had plenty of success under Bob Waters, a former San Francisco 49ers defensive back and quarterback. He compiled a winning record of 116-94-6, and his 1983 team finished runner-up in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. No Western Carolina coach since Waters has compiled a winning record at the school.
Perfect kicker: Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley hasn’t missed in 56 kicks this year, including 46 extra points and 10 field goals.
Next for Alabama: The Crimson Tide hosts Auburn on Nov. 24. CBS will televise the game at 2:30 p.m. A win will clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, which clinched last week with a win over the Tigers.