Grading Alabama football's win over Ole Miss: How many A's did Crimson Tide earn?

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

The report card Alabama football received on Saturday doesn't just belong on the fridge. The Crimson Tide might want to frame this one. 

After all the talk that Lane Kiffin might be the one to finally snap the former-Nick-Saban-assistant losing streak this year, No. 1 Alabama dominated No. 12 Ole Miss 42-21  at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

Here are our grades as the Crimson Tide improves to 5-0: 

Offense: A-

Alabama ran straight at Ole Miss and seldom could be stopped. The Crimson Tide bullied the Rebels' defense. A turnover keeps this from a perfect A. 

Oct 2, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama linebacker Henry To'o To'o (10) and defensive back Malachi Moore (13) celebrate a big fourth down stop against Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

Defense: A-

Shutting down a juggernaut of an offensive team in Ole Miss in the way the Crimson Tide did for much of the game is nothing short of impressive. Not perfect, but pretty stellar. 

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Special teams: B+

No major blemishes from special teams, but nothing remarkable either. Then again, Alabama didn't need anything remarkable on special teams the way the offense and defenses played. 

Coaching: A

Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien called a great game, and defensive coordinator Pete Golding's defense didn't often get confused by Ole Miss' up-tempo speed or creative play calls. The coaching staff prepared the Crimson Tide well. 

Overall: A-

Alabama didn't just sneak a win out against an undefeated SEC foe. The Crimson Tide frequently imposed its will on Ole Miss on both sides of the football.