The No. 1 team in the country got off to the expecting 1-0 start against Virginia Tech, but was it all that impressive? Here are three takeaways from the Tide’s 35-10 win over Virginia Tech.
O-Line questions: Alabama’s offensive line was handled by Virginia Tech’s aggressive front. Taking nothing away from Tech’s defense, Alabama’s offensive line isn’t close to as dominant as it was in 2012. Nick Saban’s teams always develop, improve and progress throughout the season, and entering this game, the offensive line was the biggest question on offense. And it exits the biggest question mark. The passing game and running game were affected by the disruption of Tech’s defensive line. The good news is Alabama won’t face any front that good until LSU. The Tide offense totaled just 206 yards and had just 97 yards at halftime.
Suffocating Defense: While the offense struggled, the defense didn’t. Except for one big run play of 77 yards, the Tide defense was true to form and will be a top unit in the SEC. The pass rush wasn’t overly dominant, but it was effective. The Hokies only managed 212 total yards and only 59 through the air. We expected this.
X-Factor: Alabama needs to find more ways to get Christion Jones the football on offense. Jones returned a 54-yard punt and a 94-yard kickoff and caught an AJ McCarron 38-yard bomb for a touchdown. If Jones isn’t the National Player of the Week, then I’ll quit watching college football.
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