Former Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is confident in his alma mater.
The current Miami Dolphins rookie was asked to give a prediction for Saturday’s Alabama-LSU game in Baton Rouge, La., and he confidently predicted the Crimson Tide will win 42-10. When a reporter responded, “that’s a blowout,” Fitzpatrick was quick to defend his score guess.
“What do you mean? We’ve got the best offense in America,” Fitzpatrick said, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “I mean, they’re a good defense. We won’t get over 50. We’ll get 40, you know what I’m saying. So, they’ll give us a little challenge.”
Alabama is considered a 14.5-point favorite over LSU, according to VegasInsider.com.
I got Minkah Fitzpatrick’s eye-opening prediction for Bama-LSU on Saturday. Listen until the end for his back-and-forth with former LSU DL Davon Godchaux about the game. pic.twitter.com/qykjxM89On
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) November 2, 2018
The Tide and Tigers will meet for the 83rd time on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Tiger Stadium. Alabama leads the all-time series, 52-25-5, and won last year’s meeting, 24-10. The Tide has won the last seven meetings between the two schools, including a 10-0 win in UA’s last visit to Death Valley in 2016, and Nick Saban is 9-4 in his career against LSU, including a 9-3 mark at Alabama.
The Crimson Tide enters the Week 10 road game with a perfect 8-0 (5-0 SEC) record, and although Fitzpatrick is now in the NFL, he has been impressed by his now-former teammates.
“Man, they’re just explosive,” Fitzpatrick said. “They’ve got Tua (Tagovailoa) at quarterback and they work Jalen (Hurts) in a little bit, and whoever’s in is just making plays, just getting the ball downfield to all the receivers, all the young guys out there and just making bigtime plays.
“And the defense is playing really well, too. So, it’s a real good one-two punch all the way around the board, and I’m really happy to see my boys do well.”
In his first season with the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick has registered 44 combined tackles and one interception. That total is good for fourth on the team. The player leading Alabama in tackles in eight games is redshirt junior safety Deionte Thompson (46). Fitzpatrick was asked about the Tide’s young secondary, and he was complimentary, especially on Thompson’s play.
“They’re all young and they’re doing a real good job,” Fitzpatrick said. “They’re obviously going to make the young mistakes, but they’re playing really well. All the games I’ve watched, they’re playing with a whole lot of passion, a whole lot of energy. My boy DT, he’s leading the pack.
“So, I’m just real excited to watch them play.”
Alabama will face LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a 7 p.m. kickoff on CBS.
Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins will face the New York Jets in Miami on Sunday, Nov. 4, at noon.
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