The Alabama (5-0, 2-0) defense is forcing more shutdowns than the U.S. government. Remember all the shock and concern over the Crimson Tide giving up 42 points and the most yards in school history to Texas A&M? In the Tide’s other four games, they have surrendered one touchdown and 19 total points. Last week’s 45-3 win over Georgia State marked the third-straight game in which the Crimson Tide kept its opponent out of the end zone, only giving up a total of three field goals in those contests.
Looking ahead, there’s reason to think Alabama could extend that streak to six games and complete its October schedule without yielding a TD. The Tide’s next three opponents rank 99th in scoring offense (Kentucky), 88th (Arkansas) and 56th (Tennessee). In conclusion, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s job looks more secure than ever.
The Alabama offense also looked comfortable in the first game of what many believe to be the easiest October slate in the SEC. The Tide scored on every possession until freshman sub Adam Griffith missed a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and only punted once.
In the midst of this offensive success, A.J. McCarron, who went 15-of-16 for 164 yards and four TDs in two quarters, is reasserting himself in the Heisman Trophy race.
What to look for in Week 7: More offensive casualties for C.J. Mosley and crew. Alabama’s senior linebacker and the rest of the Crimson Tide defense will likely add to Kentucky’s already long list of offensive problems. If Bama plays well defensively, the Cats will be lucky to reach the red zone, much less score.