It may have been “Shake Up” Saturday in college football, but Alabama may not have gotten the message.
With major powerhouses like LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida all losing in the afternoon, AJ McCarron and a running game that had 352 yards on the ground, ran over, around and through Arkansas 52-0. The win helped keep the attention on the Crimson Tide as the country’s best team.
Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon may have something to say about that - but for now, Alabama and Nick Saban are still on course to play for the national title.
An LSU team that lost on Saturday may be the conference’s last chance to had Alabama a regular season loss.
Freshman Derrick Henry led the team with 111 yards and Kenyan Drake added 104 yards of his own and two scores in the win. Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 half time lead and never looked back.
Here are the good, the bad and the ugly of this game from Saturday.
A strong running game. First it was Mark Ingram. Then it was Trent Richardson. Soon, we were talking about TJ Yeldon. Now, we are talking about Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. No matter how many times the Crimson Tide work to reload their talent on both sides of the ball. Henry is a product of Yulee, Florida and as someone who watched him play high school ball, there is really nothing he cannot do with a football.
On Saturday, Alabama used a simple philosophy that was popular back in the Bear Bryant era - run the ball and keep running the ball - until you are stopped.
Arkansas never stopped the Alabama running backs.
532 to 256. That is the difference in total yards in the game. When a football team cannot manage at least 300 yards of total offense, they are not winning anything.
While Arkansas held the ball more during the game, they could do nothing with it. The Razorbacks were also only 6 of 15 on third down conversions.
The Alabama defense intercepted two passes and held their opponent to 91 yards of pasing offense. It could have been worse.
While the Arkansas running game averaged 4.2 yards a carry, it seemed to be the only thing working for the team all day
Can someone tell me why AJ McCarron continues to win, continues to lead his team to victory after victory and a national titles galore and he is never mentioned for a Heisman Trophy?
I thought last year and his performances would get him recognized - not for Katherine Webb.
When we talk about great football players, yes there is Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota and throw Jameis Winston into the mix. But none have done what McCarron does. He will forever be linked with Mike Shula and Jay Barker, two average players who managed Alabama to wins. Manziel’s two best games of the year so far are losses, one to ‘Bama.
McCarron deserves some recognition.