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5 takeaways from Alabama’s rebounding win over Mississippi State

By on October 23, 2022 0

Nick Saban and the Alabama football team were able to get back into the win column on Saturday night with a 30-6 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Crimson Tide held the shutout until the last play of the game when the Bulldogs hit it with a 1-yard touchdown run.

It wasn’t always offensive enough for the Tide, but they got the job done at home as Alabama heads into its BYE week.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young finished 21-35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tide offense.

Defensively, Alabama had a much better performance this week, even allowing the touchdown when time expired.

Here are five takeaways from Alabama’s win over Mississippi State.

Better discipline

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After a 17-penalty performance last weekend in Knoxville, you knew Coach Saban and the Tide would put on a more disciplined performance this week. Alabama was flagged just three times for 20 yards in the contest.

Eli Ricks has arrived

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LSU transfer [autotag]Eli Ricks[/autotag] started on the opposite corner of Kool-Aid McKinstry against the Bulldogs and closed that side of the field completely. Maybe that decision should have been made a week or two earlier by the coaching staff.

Bryce and the receivers still have work to do in the chemistry department

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It just seems like there’s something off between Bryce Young and his wide receivers. The chemistry is not there yet. This is partly due to the wide receiver’s youth and inexperience and the fact that Young was limited in practice over the few weeks. BYE week is a perfect opportunity to work on that chemistry.

Seth McLaughlin is Alabama’s best option at center

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Darrian Dalcourt started tonight for Alabama at center with Seth McLaughlin out while nursing an injury. Center has been an ongoing positional battle all season, but I believe tonight’s performance from inside the offensive line proves McLaughlin is Alabama’s best option moving forward.

Bill O’Brien leaves a lot to be desired

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Bill O’Brien is an excellent offensive coach who has worked with quality players and coaches. But for some reason, O’Brien just can’t find any consistency as a play caller for the Crimson Tide. I’m sure player execution is one of them, but it seems O’Brien lacks the “sense of the game” that separates good offensive coordinators from great ones.

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