Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/12

Dating back to last season, Alabama has been an overwhelming force against each of their opponents. This streak conitinued today against a less than challenging opponent in FAU. 

The Good: Alabama's defense has done nothing but pick apart their opponents all year. As talented as the offense is, I do believe that the defense is even better. FAU QB Graham Wilbert was a troubling 1-6 for negative one yard in the first half.

In fact Wilbert did not complete a pass for positive yards until 6:15 in the third quarter. The Owls' rushing attack didn't have much luck either as they combined for 2.4 yards a carry.

The Bama defense didn't even allow a score until 2:46 in the fourth quarter when mostly backups on the defensive side were in. Between a blocked kick and a handful of sacks and tackles for loss, it was another day at the office for the nation's best defense.

The Bad: As I mentioned before, the FAU offense had a rough day. Wilbert threw for only 34 yards on the day, and between three running backs, the Owls couldn't even break 100 yards rushing. The stats really say it all, as Alabama achieved 25 first downs on the day, as opposed to a disappointing six first downs from FAU. Wilbert averaged 2.6 yards per attempt, largely due to the pressure brought by Alabama "Jack" linebacker C.J. Mosley. Although Florida Atlantic wasn't exactly a contender to begin with, Alabama took them down a notch with this 40-7 win at home. FAU's freshman punter Sean Kelley netted more yards punting than the entire Owls' offense combined. 

The Ugly: Unlike the sputtering Florida Atlantic offense, the offense of the Crimson Tide had a great day, dominating on the ground and through the air. Alabama scored on every possession until the middle of the fourth quarter, when backup QB Blake Sims came in  for A.J. McCarron. The FAU defense just couldn't stop anything, as the potent Alabama rushing attack combined for 47 carries, 256 yards, and a touchdown. That's an average of 5.4 yards per carry. McCarron also had a great day, going 15-25 for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The Owls' defense looked lethargic, run down, and just plain outmatched by the Bama offense. The tide continues to roll.

 

 



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