Alabama Crimson Tide: What We Learned In Week 7, What To Look For In Week 8
When the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0) gets out of its own way and starts rolling, you better get out of the way, too, because it destroys everything in its path. Kentucky found that out the hard way last week.
After a scoreless first quarter thanks to fumbles by the running backs and dropped passes in Kentucky territory, the Alabama scored on its last eight possessions and outgained the Wildcats 668-170 in a 48-7 win. The Crimson Tide outgained Kentucky by 498 yards, its most lopsided margin of yardage in the last decade.
Seemingly every offensive playmaker had a huge game, but A.J. McCarron‘s career-high 359 yards passing gets the edge for the top performance over running backs T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, who each had 100-plus yards and two touchdowns. Wideouts Kevin Norwood and DeAndrew White each had four catches and more than 80 yards receiving.
Still, Nick Saban found some glaring opportunities for improvement.
“We need to improve and try to dominate the competition, and I think we did that tonight,” he said. “But I also think we made a lot of mistakes. We turned the ball over a couple of times, dropped some passes. If you want to be the best, you can’t be satisfied with that, so there are some things we definitely need to improve on.”
It’s scary to imagine what this team could be capable of if it gets even better.
Since the seven-point win over Texas A&M, Bama has won its last four games by a combined margin of 149-16. Sure, the competition hasn’t been great, but the Crimson Tide is taking care of business and doing it in style.
What to look for in Week 8: A repeat of the Crimson Tide’s 52-0 lambasting of the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville last year. Much like last year’s disastrous team, the Hogs have no passing game and a whole bunch of problems on defense, meaning they have little to no chance of keeping things close in Tuscaloosa. Don’t be surprised if the Tide shuts Arkansas out for a second-straight year.
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