Alabama took its second-straight nonconference in-a-row, as the Tide handled Western Kentucky 35-0. Here’s my view on the good and the bad from this game.
The Good: AJ McCarron seemed to mix up his offensive options rather well, finding four wide receivers and three running backs in his 14-for-19 and 219 yard performance. His corner and out routes for touchdowns were perfectly placed.
Cody Mandell was really on his game today. Averaging 44.8 yards per punt and placed two inside-the-20.
The Bad: Warning, this list is a little long since this was actually a huge win for the Tide.
The offensive line got beat in pass protection quite often. With the microscope on the tackles (Cyrus Kouandjio and D.J. Fluker), there was laziness. It does not matter how big you are, if you aren’t in front of your blocking assignment, you aren’t much help at all.
But, to their defense, McCarron could have let go of the ball earlier a few times to avoid the sack. The sacks were a collective effort between bad protection and a overdedication to making the big play.
My final, and biggest, problem with Alabama’s performance was Jalston Fowler. Fowler had absolutely no business in the game as the Tide held a 28-point lead over a Sun Belt team with less than ten minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Why would you not give Dee Hart an opportunity to reestablish himself after his knee injury and let freshman Kenyan Drake get some work since his redshirt was ruined with a carry against Michigan?
Now, the No. 2 running back and the No. 1 fullback (which was going to be crucial later in the season) is out for the year, potentially. Does anyone else see a little bit of Tyrone Prothro in this?