This was a football Saturday in which we saw things we didn’t expect, such as Florida clenching the SEC East with a win over LSU and Texas blowing it against a 1, sorry, 2-win Kansas. It also had things we knew we’d see, such as Alabama making Chattanooga less than chatty.
But it wasn’t a perfect game. Especially in the first half, the pass protection faltered and Jalen Hurts was sacked a number of times. He had to run for his life a lot, too. ‘Nooga clearly has a strong defense. Holding possibly the best non-NFL team to about 330 offensive yards, I’d say they’re defensively sound. Offense is a different story (under 200 yards for a field goal), but if they improve it, they could be a force in 2-5 years.
We rebounded from our early mishaps in the first quarter to score two touchdowns in the second and enter the half with a 14-3 lead. Despite lingering offensive line issues, we kept the momentum to blow them out, 31-3.
The reason we did so well despite soft protection is that our run game remained as good as ever. Damien Harris still isn’t Derrick Henry, but combined with Jalen Hurts, our offense is the best it’s been in a long time. Combined with an almost pro style defense, this team promises to be a force in the playoffs.
We remain unbeaten for another week. The Iron Bowl is coming and then we meet Florida in the SEC Championship. Pretty sure we advance to the playoffs. Our second straight National Championship will hinge on whether this offensive line keeps failing to protect Hurts. ROLL TIDE!!!