Some wins mean more than others and today’s win in College Station was a huge one for this Alabama football team. There was nothing pretty or easy about it, but the resiliency of this team is next level. There was a lot to overcome from the exhausting amount of penalties, to the number of times Jalen Milroe was sacked, or losing Malachi Moore in the second quarter. There is still plenty for this team to clean up as October rolls on, but there was a lot to like from today’s performance.
Jalen Milroe was asked to beat Texas A&M with his arm and he did just that, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. He stayed poised despite being under immense pressure most Saturday afternoon. It was great to see the chemistry and confidence he has with Jermaine Burton and Isaiah Bond. The biggest question has been who is the go-to wide receiver and who can Jalen look to at the biggest points of the game. I think those questions were answered today and I am excited for the highlights these three will give us for the rest of the season. SEC defensive coordinators are now on notice that the passing attack at Alabama has to be respected. This will only make playcalling easier for Tommy Rees going forward.
Alabama Football Defense was lights out
The defense was again lights out when it mattered the most. Max Johnson was running for his life most of the second half and as a result, was only able to muster three second-half points. I’m confident there will not be another game in 2023 where the Aggies will be held to three points in a half. When the game is on the line it’s refreshing to know this unit is going to get the job done. There is a certain swagger and energy that had been missing for the last couple of seasons.
Yes, there is a lot that still needs to be cleaned up for this Alabama football team, but these conversations are much easier after a gritty road win. I know the amount of false start penalties alone will keep Coach Saban up at night, but this team is headed in the right direction. If the mental mistakes can be cut to a minimum the sky is the limit for the Crimson Tide.
The rest of October and November will bring many challenges but it will be a fun run.