After poor marks in Texas A&M loss, how did Alabama football grade vs. Mississippi State?

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

STARKVILLE, Mississippi  — Now that's a response. 

After its first loss since 2019 the previous week, No. 5 Alabama football fought back with a 49-9 rout of Mississippi State on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. 

Here are our grades for the Crimson Tide (6-1) after the victory: 

Offense: B+

After some stumbles at times early, the Alabama offense hummed. Whether it was Brian Robinson Jr., Jameson Williams or Bryce Young, Alabama's best offensive players made plays throughout. 

Defense: A-

The defense forced turnovers and pressured the quarterback, two of the most vital ingredients in a successful defense. The Mississippi State offense moved the ball at times, but the Bulldogs could only muster field goals. 

Special teams: B

Alabama special teams didn't make any significant errors, but it didn't make any significant plays either. And it nearly made a significant error when JoJo Earle almost gave the Bulldogs the ball as he muffed a punt in the third quarter. 

Coaching: A-

This time, Alabama didn't try three straight passes with goal-to-go. The coaches smartly gave the ball to Robinson from a yard out. 

Overall: A-

This is the response the Crimson Tide needed. Alabama wasn't perfect, but many of its stars stepped up when needed this week. 

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