Tomorrow afternoon’s matchup between No. 9 Alabama and No. 11 Ole Miss has a lot on the line for both teams but in different ways.
Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss are still battling for a chance to win the SEC West crown, while Nick Saban and Alabama are playing for pride.
Alabama’s defensive front seven will need to be on their A-game tomorrow as the Rebels feature one of the most explosive rushing attacks in the country behind the two-headed monster of Quinshon Judkins and Zach Evans.
Offensively, Alabama needs to find its way and there is no better time than against a vulnerable Ole Miss defense.
Here are what I believe to be the five offensive keys to victory for Bryce Young and the Alabama offense:
Be physical upfront Alabama’s offensive line has not been terrible this season, but much like the rest of the offense, they have been inconsistent.
Be physical upfront The middle of the offensive line needs to play more physically to both help protect Bryce Young and open up lanes for the Tide running backs.
More two back sets Alabama clearly has some issues out wide at receiver and running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and Jase McClellan are fantastic playmakers in the passing game.
More two back sets Maybe it’s time to play more in the two-back formation to create positive mismatches for the Tide backs.
Maybe a designed QB run or two Before you punch the screen on your electronic device, let me explain.
Maybe a designed QB run or two I know Bryce isn’t the biggest guy and Alabama needs to do a good job of protecting him, but what is the purpose of having an athletic quarterback if you are not willing to let that athleticism be a part of the game plan?
Maybe a designed QB run or two I am not saying let Bryce run it 10 times, shoot not even five times, but two to three designed runs a game could really loosen up the opposing defense.
New blood on the outside Look, I am not trying to question coach Saban but clearly what Alabama is doing at receiver is not working.
New blood on the outside Let Louisville transfer Tyler Harrell or freshman hybrid receiver/tight end Amari Niblack on the field to see if they can help jump-start the struggling receiving corp.
Be creative I said it last week and I will keep saying it until I am blue in the face if I have to.
Bill O’Brien is far too predictable and vanilla in his offensive playcalling.