Should be a great game either way. If your sources are correct, the postponement could have further helped ALA (if they play now.) I think RV would have loved to have this game played in the mud and the rain.
This game comes down to two things, RV vs the ALA passing game, and ALA vs the RV running game. I don't see either team completely shutting down the other, but whoever limits the other wins this game. I think this game is going to be high scoring, with several lead changes. I'll say ALA hits a big play late winning it 42-35.
How do you feel the two will match up size wise? And how if ALA's top receiver and top rusher are unable up play, how do you feel ALA will be impacted? If my insides are correct I do believe RV is healthy as ever.
RVs fullback/DE ---Bell has a bad elbow, really hampered him against TP, in fact missed a # of series mid 2nd qtr until after half. The extra days to heal should help both teams. ALA appears to have an offense that can score in bunches, but also has a defense that gives up quite a bit as well---We will see how their offense does against an extremely stout RV run defense. If they can open it up with the pass---they might be able to loosen the run defense enough to be effective at both. RV will pound the ball and eat clock
All the D V schools left have football programs with a long history of being successful, that comes from good coaching. Coaching can put a team in position to win, but in the end it always comes down to which player(s) step up.
Sometimes, über amounts of talent can overcome mediocre to poor coaching. At this stage though, I would say all the teams left are capable of winning it. RV has no advantage with regard to who the head coach is, I believe it has more to do with an entire staff and not a single coach. To that end, RV has a great staff, that gets the most out of a relatively pedestrian team with regard to talent. They put kids in a position to take advantage of individual strengths, and then they coach them up.