Alabama football: Will Alabama’s run game get back on track?
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Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a trip to Starkville, Miss., on Saturday for a matchup with Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Alabama is coming off a win against LSU. The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) jumped on LSU in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead and riding the fast start to a 24-10 victory.
The AP and coaches polls have zero effect on the rankings that matter most: the College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama was ranked No. 2 in the second set of CFP rankings released Tuesday night.
On Sunday, Alabama checked in at No. 1 in the Amway Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25.
Following the matchup at Mississippi State, Alabama hosts Mercer and plays at Auburn in the Iron Bowl to close out the regular season.
Will Alabama’s run game get back on track?
Give LSU credit. They loaded the box and forced Alabama to throw. The 24 pass attempts are the most by Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts this season.
Alabama’s running backs only touched the ball 21 times, so it begs the question: Did Alabama give up on the run game against LSU?
Damien Harris, who has been Alabama’s top rusher this year, carried the ball just 9 times. Bo Scarbrough had 11 carries while sophomore Josh Jacobs was given the ball just once.
Yes, LSU was loading the box, but it seems odd that Alabama didn’t try to feed its tailbacks a little more.
Either way, look at Mississippi State to get a heavy dose of Alabama’s run game on Saturday night. The best way to quiet cowbells is to take the air out of the game by pounding an opposing defense with the run.