Alabama football: Reactions and recaps to a dominant defense, a struggling offense and an injured linebacker corps

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Game control

The more things change, the more Alabama’s never-ending supply of 5-star defenders robs opposing offenses of hope. As Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News wrote, the defense was definitively the story of the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win over Florida State, after a marked improvement in the second half that smothered the Seminoles and resulted in three straight turnovers.

Of course, two of the biggest plays came from Alabama’s special teams — a blocked punt by Damien Harris and a forced fumble by Dylan Moses.

Failure to launch

The wait to attach an identity to Brian Daboll’s Alabama offense goes on, per Aaron Suttles of TideSports. Alabama struggled to hit a rhythm, with its all-SEC quarterback stifled by All-America Derwin James. But, as Matt Zenitz of wrote, the signs were there if you knew what to scrutinize.

But it wasn’t all bad, with Hurts unleashing this inch-perfect pass to Calvin Ridley in stride for a touchdown:

Injury report

Alabama’s victory didn’t come without cost — four key players, to be exact. Two of those players — linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis — will be out for the season, per an report. That, alongside a moderate injury for Anfernee Jennings, leaves Alabama with few pass-rushing options.  Fortunately, Rashaan Evans’ groin strain is minor enough to ensure he’ll be back for SEC competition. 

The injuries were enough for at least one writer to label the game a “Pyrrhic victory,” strong as that may be.

But Alabama didn’t lose the most. Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois tore his patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season. Francois went down holding his left knee after a Ronnie Harrison tackle.

Built by ‘Bama

Tom Lovelady closed his round Sunday at the Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship with a birdie to clinch his PGA Tour card.

  • And on the PGA Tour, Justin Thomas posted 12 “3s” on Sunday afternoon to secure a share of the lead headed into the final day of the Dell Technologies Championship, part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. His 63 on the day left him 12 under par.

Comic relief

The Maine, the myth, the legend, Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson is back with the first installment of “How Alabama fans watched football” of the season. And he’s in midseason form.


Around the Capstone

The Alabama soccer team swept its trip to Mobile, Ala., beating three-time defending Sun Belt Champion South Alabama, 2-1, on Friday evening before dominating Troy, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon. The volleyball team didn’t fare quite as well but still went 2-1 at the Jaguar Invitational, with its only loss coming in straight sets to Southern Miss.

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