Here's another thought on the matter.
Maybe Coach S wants to see how Alex performs under pressure especially with all the Nolan VS Smith hype. You know the fans will be unrelenting against him so he needs to man up, take it in the cohones, and come out fighting.
Just like in TC, he will get he cheers once he is successful. If not, it will be a very long night for Smith and see his chances to start diminish.
Even if Smith starts, it doesn't mean that he has been chosen as the starter.
Go Smith and Hill!!!
It is time to send the Broncos back to their farms for glue!