Grading Alabama football's win over LSU: Does offensive performance deserve an F?
This is one report card the Crimson Tide won't want to show to its parents.
Here are our grades for Alabama football after its 20-14 victory over LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Alabama shouldn't have looked as incapable as it did at times on offense against LSU's injury-filled defense. The Crimson Tide struggled to run the ball. And while the passing game had some moments, Alabama struggled to be consistent.
Outside of a few blemishes, the Alabama defense came up big, put in some tough spots by the offense. The Crimson Tide defense finished the game when the offense couldn't.
Special teams: C
First, Alabama missed a field goal on the opening drive. Then, the Crimson Tide gave up a fake punt that extended a drive resulting in an LSU touchdown, and later UA had a missed extra point. Not a great night for special teams.
Alabama didn't come out of the open week looking sharp or looking all that well prepared. Plus, the Crimson Tide offense didn't adjust well to LSU frequently bringing pressure.
Alabama shouldn't have looked near that flat coming out of an open week. Not if it's truly the No. 2 team in the country, as the College Football Playoff Committee deemed earlier this week.
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