Alabama Crimson Tide: What We Learned In Week 1, What To Look For In Week 2
The Alabama Crimson Tide is not perfect, especially on offense. Despite winning 35-10 against Virginia Tech, Bama has plenty of room to improve before its second game at No. 7 Texas A&M Sept. 14. The No. 1 team in college football is dead last in the Southeastern Conference offensively. Though a high-flying offense has never been the Tide’s M.O., it will need more consistency on that side of the ball in order to navigate the SEC and collect another conference and national title.
Alabama’s defense is much better than most expected, making the Hokies’ offense look even more inept last week. The Crimson Tide held Va. Tech to seven first downs and 212 yards. QB Logan Thomas finished with a dismal 1.9 rating after completing only 5-of-26 passes for 59 yards and an interception, which was returned 38 yards for a score by Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri.
Speaking of returns, Week 1 revealed that Alabama has arguably the nation’s best kick returner in Christion Jones. He scored on a 72-yard punt return and a 94-yard kickoff return, becoming the first player in Alabama history to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns in a single game. Jones finished with 256 all-purpose yards, including a 38-yard touchdown reception.
What to look for in Week 2: Personnel changes along the offensive line. With an extra week to prepare for the game at Texas A&M next weekend, it will be interesting to see if Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier shuffle some guys around to help solidify things up front.