Alabama did what Alabama does in Week 1 against an overmatched Utah State team in a 55-0 win. Let’s see if future SEC opponent Texas can give the Crimson Tide a good game as Alabama travels to Austin for this one.
By Steve Wright
Here are the three keys to a Crimson Tide win:
Bryce Young Stays Efficient
Young was unplayable against Utah State. Yes, the standard of the opponent was low, but the Heisman Trophy holder was brutally efficient in picking an overmatched defense apart.
Young won the Heisman by passing for just under 4,900 yards and a 47 to 7 touchdown to interception ratio. He picked up where he left off against the Aggies, passing for five touchdowns on 18-of-28 through the air. He also added a touchdown and 100 yards on the ground. If he can stay efficient and continue to bond with his new wide receivers, then Alabama will be in a good spot.
Offensive Line Improves
The offensive line might be the group that needs the most work on the team. There are plenty of big bodies in there, but an overall lack of experience and simply learning to play together caused a few issues against the Aggies.
The Crimson Tide certainly miss Even Neal at left tackle, but it was the interior of the line where Utah State found its most success. If Texas is able to get Young out of the pocket and move as Utah State did, then moving the ball consistently becomes more difficult.
Pick on the Tackles
Will Anderson and Dallas Turner are freaks of nature who are about to make life very difficult for Texas. The Longhorns have a freshman at left tackle and a senior at right tackle that will both have to have help on every passing down in containing the Alabama pass rush. Add to that rush that Utah State ran for just 2.1 yards per carry last week, and the formidable front seven for ‘Bama will take over this game in the second half.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the FOX Network.