Good morning. The Rammer Jammer is a daily rundown of everything you need to know about Alabama athletics, published every weekday morning.
So, it turns out the “distractions” of a backup quarterback transfer and linebacker’s paperwork misdemeanor weren’t quite enough to keep Alabama’s homecoming game against the Kentucky Wildcats all that close. By now you know that Alabama whipped Kentucky on Saturday, thanks to huge efforts from wide receiver Calvin Ridley and quarterback Jalen Hurts. The game was, in my opinion, Hurts’ best performance of the season — not because of the damage he did with his legs, but because of the way he worked within the offense. Alabama showed that it can hurt a team in a half-dozen different ways, from using its NFL first-round left tackle to brutalize opposing defenses to 10-yard bootlegs.
Alabama capped its weekend with a commitment from one of the top recruits in the country: 5-star linebacker Dylan Moses. Moses, who first received an offer from Alabama in eighth grade, had been an almost certainty for LSU until recently. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner breaks down how Alabama got its man.
Unfortunately for Alabama, now is when its schedule really picks up. The Crimson Tide have gotten away with starting slow these last three weeks, but as they get into their full SEC slate with Arkansas this week, their margin for error will get smaller and smaller.
What they’re saying nationally
Not much, if we’re being real. All the attention is on Clemson and Louisville right now.
- Alabama is No. 1 in the AP Poll, Coaches poll and the Bleacher Report poll.
- Ed Feng, Bleacher Report’s analytics expert, gives Alabama a 56 percent chance of making the playoff.
- Football Outsiders rates Alabama as the No. 2 team in the country.
- SBNation’s Bill Connolly gives Alabama a 100 precent chance of being bowl eligible at this point, and a 57.5 percent chance of losing either one or no games.
Closer to home
- The Tuscaloosa News’ Aaron Suttles has a breakdown of Alabama’s ground attack and freshman running back Joshua Jacobs’ big day.
- Alabama’s non-offensive touchdown streak reaches seven games and other notes from Saturday.
- Tommy Deas of the Tuscaloosa News examines what was working for Alabama’s pass rush.
- Terrin Waack on Hurts-to-Ridley.
— Crimson Tide FB (@CrimsonTide_FB) October 3, 2016
- Now is when it gets real for Alabama — Cecil Hurt’s column.
- From AL.com’s Ranier Sabin, Hurts showed a resemblance to Jameis Winston. Hopefully, it’s only a passing resemblance.
- Sabin also has a nice feature on Joshua Jacobs: bowling ball.
- Also from Sabin, four surprises from Alabama’s win.
- And finally, Sabin on how the offensive line went from Swiss cheese in pass protection to Mongolian horde in five easy possessions.
- Alabama’s defense gave up 74 yards in the first half. As reported by AL.com’s Michael Casagrande, that was 74 too many.
- Also from Casagrande, Alabama’s defense is as good at scoring touchdowns as preventing them.
- From Whole Hog Sports, Arkansas’s starting fullback was arrested for public intox and minor in possession.
- Alabama opened as a 13-point favorite at Arkansas. That line already is moving up.
- This week in #Processed: How Alabama transfers are faring elsewhere, from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz.
- Where Alabama ranks nationally, a rundown of Alabama’s many freshmen and five game balls from Kentucky from BamaOnline’s Charlie Potter.
- Our own Marq Burnett looks ahead to October and grades Alabama’s Saturday performance.
- Wide receiver Julio Jones had a historic day, recording 300 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches in the Atlanta Falcons win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. He’s just the sixth player to reach 300 receiving yards in one game. Watch every catch here.
300Yds Receiving? #JulioJones
— OJ Howard 88 ™ (@TheRealOjHoward) October 2, 2016
- Running back Mark Ingram finished with 107 yards as the New Orleans Saints actually won a game (be still, my beating heart) Sunday afternoon. Ingram split his work down the middle, with 57 yards on 18 carries and 49 yards on 6 catches.
- Amari Cooper finished with 5 catches for 48 yards in the Oakland Raiders’ 28-27 win over CJ Mosley’s Baltimore Ravens. Mosley finished with 9 tackles.
- Kenyan Drake tweeted a Dylan Thomas poem in reference to the last Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field. That’s not football, but it was very interesting to me.
“Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ?? https://t.co/hdDT2j7ztf
— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) October 3, 2016
Around the Capstone
- Volleyball fell to Mississippi State on Sunday in five sets after beating UGA on the road on Friday. The Crimson Tide will travel to Auburn next, on Oct. 9.
- Alabama soccer was held scoreless for just the third time this season, dropping a 1-0 decision in Starkville on Friday. The Crimson Tide will host Ole Miss on Thursday.
- The women’s swimming team started this year’s Power of Pink events with a dominant win. Alabama will travel to Mizzou on Oct. 14.
- Men’s golf hosts the famous Jerry Pate Invitational this week. Follow live scoring for the 12-team field here, and Monday’s tee times are listed here.
- Women’s tennis doubles pair Erin Routliffe/Andie Daniell won the ITF 10k LTP Charleston this weekend, winning four consecutive matches in straight sets in their first competition of 2016.
Football is fun
First, from our man FunnyMaine, in his latest weekly installment.
— FunnyMaine (@FunnyMaine) October 2, 2016
And AL.com has this tribute to Les Miles that I missed. I laughed probably a little harder than I should have.
A routine Rammer Jammer
Just not the same when the opponent’s not ranked. Video from AL.com’s Ben Flanagan.