No. 1 Alabama defeated Virginia Tech 35-10 in the season opener for both schools. Check out the analysis and final grades here.
Alabama 35, Virginia Tech 10, Final
For the full box score, check out NCAA.com.
Game analysis for the Alabama Crimson Tide:
Pass Offense: A.J. McCarron was just 10-of-23 for 112 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His touchdown pass was impressive, but he struggled for the most part. Amari Cooper didn't really stand out as the Hokies covered him well. Pass-blocking was an issue for the 'Tide.
Run Offense: The Crimson Tide ran for 104 yards on 37 carries. T.J. Yeldon finished with 74 yards and a touchdown, but the 'Tide struggled overall. Virginia Tech did a great job limiting 'Bama's ground game.
Pass Defense: An interception returned for a touchdown brought the Tide seven points. Logan Thomas was just 5-of-26 for 58 yards so Alabama's pass defense more than did their job. The Crimson Tide did only have one sack, however.
Run Defense: This is an area Nick Saban will stress during the bye week. The 'Tide gave up 154 yards rushing, including 134 to freshman Trey Edmunds. The 77-yard run by Edmunds was the only significant gain, however.
Special Teams: Christion Jones makes this easy to analyze. He brought back both a punt and a kick for a touchdown. Jones averaged 54 yards per kick return and 25 yards per punt return.
Coaching: The Crimson Tide weren't completely sharp by any means. But when you defeat an opponent like Virginia Tech with only 216 yards of total offense, you'll take it every time. Penalties weren't an issue at all for Alabama.
First-half analysis for the Alabama Crimson Tide:
Pass Offense: A.J. McCarron is just 7-of-14 for 67 yards and an interception. His interception led to three points for the Hokies. He has been under duress several times and Cyrus Kouandjio has been a bit of a disappointment thus far at left tackle.
Run Offense: The Crimson Tide have just 30 yards on 17 carries. T.J. Yeldon has just 22 yards, but he did score the lone offensive touchdown. The Tide will continue to run the ball and eventually get it going.
Pass Defense: An interception returned for a touchdown brought the Tide seven points. They have held the Hokies to just 40 yards through the air. VT has also had several drops, though.
Run Defense: The Hokies haven't had a consistent running game, but their only touchdown came on a 77-yard run. Alabama has given up 115 yards rushing in the first half, and they've been unable to bring down Trey Edmunds on first contact.
Special Teams: Christion Jones makes this easy to analyze. He has brought back both a punt and a kick for a touchdown. It would be an upset at this point if the ball is kicked to him again.
Coaching: No real coaching decisions to speak of, but the defense and special teams units came out prepared.