Alabama Football: 5 takeaways from Tide vs. Miami

Uaseason010 /
2 of 5
Alabama football
Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

5 takeaways from Alabama football vs. Miami

4. Alabama has a title-winning defense

In the past, Alabama football has won with stifling defenses. They then saw defenses decline as offenses soared. This season, they look to truly have balance.

This should easily be the Tide’s best defense since at least 2016. They only lose three starters from last year’s team, and they brought in the best transfer they could ask for in Henry To’o To’o.

Alabama gave up some passes, but they eliminated the deep shot in this game. They were willing to bend, but they never broke. This was shown when Alabama held the Hurricanes at the goal line. Miami had two tries to gain a single yard, and they failed.

Alabama also forced three turnovers. Chris Allen forced a fumble on a sack, and Malachi Moore snagged an interception on a tipped ball.

The only concerns with the defense were injuries and penalties. Alabama had two pass-interference calls on deep shots, and Chris Allen went down with a foot injury on the sack. Brian Branch was banged up in this game, which will matter as the season progresses.

If Alabama keeps putting up performances like this, the offense won’t have much stress on them in 2021. With so many new faces on offense, this is a great sign.