When Alabama picked off J.J. McCarthy on the first play of the game, and then a couple possessions later Jase McClellan evaporated a DB in the open field for a big TD, it felt like Alabama was going to run away with an overmatched Michigan squad.
Since then, though, the Alabama offense has been absolutely dreadful as Jalen Milroe and the Alabama OL has apparently never once seen a blitz before, and the Tide has taken 5 brutal sacks from mostly untouched rushers in one half. They did manage to find some semblance of a drive on the final one of the half to get downfield and get the field goal, but other than that, it was a whole lot of three and outs.
Meanwhile, Alabama’s defense had a lot of good drives to force punts, but they also had two bad ones were repeated busts from the linebackers let the Wolverines get down the field on them. A bobble on an extra point took a point away from Michigan, so the score at the half is 13-10, and Alabama will be getting the ball back with a chance to take the lead back.
They’re going to have to make some second half adjustments, though. Because right now Michigan is winning the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and their relentless blitzes are confusing an Alabama team that’s been allergic to calling quick or horizontal plays all season.
Let’s hope for the best. Roll Tide