Alabama’s offense turned the ball over 3 times (interception, 2 fumbles) and looked sloppy for stretches.
But Alabama also racked up 517 yards of offense on just 51 plays. That’s an average of 10.1 yards per play.
After fumbling on its first drive, Alabama showed a lot of poise to score on its next two possessions. Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns. He ran for another 2 scores. This offense continues improving as Hurts gets more snaps and experience.
ArDarius Stewart and Damien Harris both had big games in their returns to the starting lineup. Having those two back gives Alabama its full set of weapons heading into this stretch run.
It’s tough to grade Alabama’s defense. The Crimson Tide gave up 473 yards, including 400 passing yards.
They also forced 5 turnovers and scored 14 points. Alabama’s streak of non-offensive touchdowns is now at eight games. It’s one of the more impressive things to watch this season.
There’s plenty to clean up in the secondary. Alabama’s defense also gave up too many big plays. Alabama’s secondary busted multiple coverages which led to points for the Razorbacks. Alabama’s defense hasn’t looked this sloppy since the Ole Miss win a few weeks ago.
Alabama will need its secondary to improve before facing Tennessee and Texas A&M in back-to-back weeks.
Special teams: A
Alabama’s special teams didn’t have to do a whole lot Saturday. Kicker Adam Griffith was a perfect 7-for-7 on his extra points. Griffith didn’t attempt any field goals.
JK Scott punted 4 times for an average of 51.5 yards a kick. Scott placed two of his punts inside the 20-yard line.
The players were put in the right position defensively. They just have to execute and not make mental errors. That’s not on the coaching staff.
Nick Saban continued coaching the players all the way up until the final horn. Saban and Alabama’s coaching staff understand what’s ahead, so they’ll be on high alert for any slipups in terms of mental focus and execution going forward.
It was a dominating performance for Alabama, which is good. There also were a ton of mistakes made which can be good in a way. Alabama’s coaching staff has plenty of things to stay on the players about heading into Tennessee week.
Alabama has a tough two weeks coming up, so it’s going to take the team’s best effort to remain undefeated. Things start in practice Monday.