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Bama offense nearly perfect again as defense struggles vs. Arkansas

Alabama players celebrate

Saturday was another banner outing for the Crimson Tide offense, scoring 65 points on the road against Arkansas. Alabama rolled up 639 yards of total offense and did not punt for the second straight game.

Fortunately for Nick Saban, he’ll have plenty to be upset about as his defense surrendered 31 points and 405 yards of total offense to a 1-4 Arkansas team.

Here’s what’s important to know from another lopsided Alabama win.

Mike Locksley is getting creative

It may have only been a couple plays, but the Tide’s offensive coordinator Locksley showed off his creativity using both quarterbacks at the same time. One play had Jalen Hurts lined up as a running back, taking a handoff from Tua Tagovailoa. The next play saw Hurts lined up as the quarterback, taking a direct snap for a gain of 27 yards with Tagovailoa lined up as a wide receiver.

The two carries totaled 32 yards and will certainly have opposing defensive coordinators adding multiple new pages of notes to their playbooks. The strategy opens up an entirely new set of circumstances that we could see with both players on the field simultaneously going forward.

Tua continues to shine

It only took Tua ten completions to eclipse 300 yards of passing, finishing his day 10-of-13 for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, he had three incompletions, and yes, he lost track of time during a play that forced Alabama to take a timeout, but now I’m nitpicking. That’s where we are with his play so far in the season.

Tagovailoa continues to be the best quarterback in the nation and does so without attempting more than 20 passes in a single game this year. It’s not just that he is impressive, he’s nearly perfect on a weekly basis.

Defensive woes

It goes without saying Alabama struggled defensively against Arkansas as quarterback Ty Storey gashed the secondary going 25-of-39 for 230 yards and two touchdowns while having plenty of time in the pocket almost all day. The defense did add its fourth touchdown of the year when Shyheim Carter picked off Storey and returned it 58 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

Storey made the most of a clean pocket despite Alabama being in control all day. The secondary was always the biggest question mark when it came to the defense and it has played well for most of the year; Saturday will provide tape for other teams to learn from.

The defensive front totaled one sack and eight quarterback hurries, but will need to disrupt the pocket more in future games to give the secondary more of a cushion.

Alabama is still missing kicks

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