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Report card: Grading Alabama's offense, defense and coaching in a win over Kentucky

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Alabama

Nov 21, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) breaks free for a long touchdown run against Kentucky at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports


Here’s how we graded Alabama in its win over the Wildcats.

Offense: A

Keep away is not a sufficient strategy for stopping Alabama’s offense, apparently: the Crimson Tide only had five possessions in the first half but scored touchdowns on four of them.

Defense: B

The unit is fortunate to only be charged with three points, given two failed field goal attempts. A second-half revival saved first-half struggles.

Special Teams: A

Well-played games by kicker Will Reichard, punter Charlie Scott and impromptu punt returner Smith were positive. The only thing keeping this from an A+ was if it had blocked one of the two punts it came close to blocking.

Coaching: A

It did not take long for either offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian or defensive coordinator Pete Golding to respond to Kentucky’s limited successes in the first half. The staff also navigated a lack of depth to play others in the later stages.

Overall: A-

For a team coming off of two off weekends, a sluggish first quarter and nothing more is not something to gloss over.