Alabama football report card: Grading the Crimson Tide's win at Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. ― Alabama football didn't have a report card worth framing, but a report card from a win on the road is worth keeping.
Especially for this team and the road woes that have often appeared throughout the 2022 season. No. 9 Alabama defeated No. 11 Ole Miss 30-24 on Saturday in Oxford.
Here are our grades for the Crimson Tide (8-2, 5-2 SEC) after its game against Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2).
This group was certainly inconsistent at times. There were some good moments. See the play of Bryce Young. But there was also a fair amount of bad. See the play of the receivers who dropped passes or the fumble from JoJo Earle.
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The Ole Miss offense had some success moving the ball, particularly on the ground. The Rebels also had a 100-yard receiver in Malik Heath. Dallas Turner's facemask penalty was also egregious. But the defense made some stops. Particularly as Ole Miss drove and tried to score a touchdown late.
Special teams: A
Nothing stood out on special teams, which is often a good thing. Will Reichard made his kicks, and there were no major errors in other areas for this group.
Both the offense and the defense made adjustments from first-half stumbles. The play-calling could have probably helped a stumbling Alabama offense at times, but receivers who don't get open and drop a few passes can make it difficult to call an offense.
The bar is low for this Alabama team on the road, so the Crimson Tide emerging with a ranked win while away from Tuscaloosa is noteworthy, even when it had some blemishes.