By the bye: Alabama has off week before Texas A&M

NCAA Football: BCS Championship-Media Day

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.

Related: Jones is the early leader for the Bo Jackson Award

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.

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  • Obviously Alabama has some issues to improve on offensively. There’s really no way to prove that the O-line can improve until they play again, but I do trust the coaching staff. Former Tide O-line coaches, Joe Pendry and Jeff Stoutland, had games under Saban when the O-line looked horrendous (Tulane in 2008, Western Kentucky in 2012). To elaborate, Lacy was only able to gain 36 yards on the ground against the Hilltoppers, with Yeldon managing just 25. WKU sacked McCarron 6 times – and that was with the best O-line in the country. So it isn’t quite the time to point fingers at Cristobal. It was discussed all offseason how Alabama’s new line would have to gel and play consistent, and that’s exactly what’s happening. The talent is there, the line just needs to grasp assignments better and execute.

  • It’s absolutely true that Alabama has played better games, and no doubt they’ll learn from this and play better games throughout the season. But – they also had two touchdowns from their offensive line, and while that’s less than anyone would have expected, those alone were 4 more points than what was needed for the win.

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