Four college football games to watch this weekend

Former local players look to make an impact on college football fields this Saturday

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 9/8/22

With a plethora of former local football players on college rosters this season, there are a few matchups worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

Alabama A&M at Troy, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. …

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Four college football games to watch this weekend

Former local players look to make an impact on college football fields this Saturday

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With a plethora of former local football players on college rosters this season, there are a few matchups worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

Alabama A&M at Troy, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. on ESPN3

Although the Bulldogs and Trojans haven't met since 2000, this intrastate meeting features an Eastern Shore rivalry between Spanish Fort's Grant Betts and Daphne's Cameron Young on opposite sides.

Both play on the offensive side of the ball where Betts was moved to an offensive tackle and Young serves as a wide receiver.

Duke at Northwestern, Saturday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. on FS1

After Fairhope's Riley Leonard quarterbacked the Blue Devils to a season-opening victory over Temple with 328 passing yards on 24 completions with two touchdowns to go along with 77 rushing yards, he'll look to lead Duke to another victory on the road. A win would be the Blue Devils' second in a row over the Wildcats after Duke won last year's contest 30-23 at home.

Northwestern had an extra week to prepare after it opened their season in Dublin, Ireland with a 31-28 win over Nebraska Aug. 27.

UAB at Liberty, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. on ESPN+

Robertsdale alum Taven Curry ran for 41 yards on eight carries in the Blazers' season-opening win over Alabama A&M last week and will look to factor into the UAB run game again this Saturday.

Liberty won last year's game 26-12 to spoil the grand opening of Protective Stadium.

Huntingdon at Birmingham Southern, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m.

This small-school matchup features a host of former players looking to settle a 3-3 tie over the last six meetings between the Hawks and Panthers.

A trio of Elberta Warriors (Hayden Hinson, Nathan Steiner, Nicholas Thrift) leads the way on Huntingdon's roster alongside a Gulf Shores Dolphin (Charlie Hollis), Baldwin County Tiger (Randy Jones), Foley Lion (Zander Bonifay) and Spanish Fort Toro (Aaron Threat).

For Birmingham Southern, Austin Maloney and Luke Edmiston represent the St. Michael Catholic Cardinals while Jayson Jarrell does the same for the Fairhope Pirates.

Birmingham South earned wins in 2019 (45-13), 2018 (41-35) and 2015 (35-34) while Huntingdon won in 2017 (45-38), 2016 (49-28) and 2014 (29-12).

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