Let’s review Alabama’s week one showing during the bye week:
Record: 1-0, 0-0 SEC
First game review: Disappointing. That’s it in a nutshell. The offensive line was outplayed by Virginia Tech’s front seven. We’ve been accustomed to Bama just showing up and dominating most games, especially against non-conference foes. That didn’t happen from an offensive standpoint. Is there a chink in the armor?
MVP: Mr. SEC week one – Christion Jones. Scoring three different ways – punt, kick and reception – will get you on SportsCenter and earn you National Player of the Week honors. Jones outscored Tech 18-10 by himself and trolled Beamer Ball like never before.
Biggest surprise: The Tide were the only team in the SEC not to reach 100 yards rushing after averaging over 227 per game last season.
Notable stat: Alabama had drives of just four plays 12 times, meaning they got a first down then went three and out 12 times. There was little flow or rhythm, mainly because of the O-line problems.
Looking ahead: Alabama will start preparing for Texas A&M today, but there is no way you can simulate game speed with the Aggies’ hurry-up offense. Tech’s defensive line looks much better than Texas A&M’s, but Nick Saban’s full concentration this week is ironing out the offensive problems. AJ McCarron was affected, TJ Yeldon couldn’t get loose, and it all stems back to the lack of push on the O-line. Position coach Mario Cristobal is under the microscope this week, looking for his talented unit to gel.