Something was off with Alabama’s offense early, particularly in the red zone. The Crimson Tide moved the ball with ease on their first two drives, but had to settle for field goals.
The early offensive struggles allowed Texas A&M to hang around longer than expected.
The good: Alabama’s running game found its rhythm for the second straight week. The Crimson Tide rushed for 287 yards while averaging 5 yards per carry. Alabama is going to be tough to beat if the ground game continues to improve.
The not so good: Alabama’s downfield passing game still isn’t there. There is still time to improve, but the timing between quarterback Jalen Hurts and receiver Calvin Ridley was off on Saturday. The bye week should give Alabama an opportunity to fix some of the issues.
Outside of two drives, Alabama’s defense was in control of the game. It was a little alarming how easily Texas A&M moved down the field on its opening drive of the second half. But the Crimson Tide settled in and didn’t allow the Aggies any points the rest of the way.
Jonathan Allen’s fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter was a major momentum swing in the game.
Alabama’s defense really is playing on another level this season.
Special teams: B+
Punter JK Scott boomed both of his kicks to help flip the field. Scott averaged 53.5 yards per punt.
We haven’t studied every kicker, but it’s hard to believe there is a more inconsistent player than Alabama’s Adam Griffith. Griffith made kicks from 32 and 28 yards. Then he missed a 29-yard field goal.
It doesn’t make any sense.
Alabama’s coaching staff came out with a great plan on defense. The Crimson Tide stifled everything the Aggies tried on offense outside of two drives.
The offensive play-calling early in the red zone one was a bit of a head-scratcher. Alabama will need to clean that up going forward and get touchdowns instead of field goals.
It’s hard to find much error in what Alabama has done to this point in the season.
This stretch of games was expected to be tough for the Crimson Tide. But Alabama has completely dominated three quality opponents.
There are things to clean up, and the bye week should help with that. After the bye week, Alabama’s schedule sets up favorably for an undefeated run.