Alabama vs. Missouri: Players Who Will Shine for Crimson Tide in Blowout Win

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01: A J McCarron #10 of Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the start of the game against Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Through five games in the 2012 college football season, the Alabama Crimson Tide looks like an unstoppable juggernaut on par with their national championship team from last season.

Outscoring their opponents a combined 201-35 thus far, Nick Saban's squad has seemingly squeezed the life out of teams with a suffocating defense and extremely efficient offense.

With Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin out for the Tide's Week 7 matchup against their SEC foes, it's looking like another blowout is all but guaranteed on Saturday. 

The Tigers come into this weekend already standing at 0-3 in SEC play and losing Franklin could be a debilitating blow. Though yet another blowout won't be much fun for fans to watch, it could be an opportunity for some players to have career-best days. 

For that reason, let's take a look at players certain to shine in a contest that should be over by halftime.


A.J. McCarron

Those who inanely expected McCarron to suddenly join the Heisman conversation have been sorely disappointed with the junior quarterback's season thus far.

However, a quick look at the stat sheet shows he's been nothing short of fantastic. With 12 touchdowns against zero interceptions, McCarron is one of just three quarterbacks in the FBS without an interception (minimum 100 passes). 

As quarterbacks like Geno Smith put up gaudy numbers, the Tide quarterback's excellence has been swept under the proverbial rug all season. 

Facing off against a Missouri secondary that ranks 10th in the SEC in pass defense, look for McCarron to continue his interception-less streak and even broach the 250-yard mark through the air. 


T.J. Yeldon

The breakout freshman star struggled last week against Ole Miss, rushing for just 38 yards on 10 carries, so it stands to reason that the Tide will go to him early and often to restore confidence.

Coming into Week 7, the Tigers rank seventh in the SEC in run defense, giving up 645 yards on the ground thus far. While that's certainly a solid total, Missouri is yet to come up against a back with Yeldon's other-worldly talent.

Alongside Eddie Lacy, look for this could be a nice game for the Tide on the ground once the game is out of reach.

Nonetheless, it's what Yeldon can provide in the passing game that could ultimately lead to a career day. Of the two Tide backs, he's more versatile, grabbing seven passes for 94 yards this season. 

Throwing to the running back is not a staple of Saban's offensive attack, but I have a sneaking feeling Yeldon is in store for one huge gain on a screen. 


Deion Belue/Dee Milliner

After countless doom-and-gloom predictions about the Alabama secondary in the preseason, the unit has stifled all of those projections behind brilliant play from the two junior corners.

Both with two interceptions a piece coming into Saturday's contest, Belue and Milliner should be in line to get a couple more against Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser.

In his first extended action against SEC opponents, Berkstresser floundered last week, completing just 9-of-30 passes for 189 yards. Though the freshman signal-caller showed a slight penchant for the big play, his inaccuracies will not go unpunished against this Alabama secondary.

Even with a home crowd cheering him on, look for Berkstresser to get overwhelmed quick and for both Belue and Milliner to make huge plays for the Tide. 


Tyler Conway is a Bleacher Report Breaking News writer who enjoys Twitter followers. So...follow him.