5 takeaways from Alabama’s 34-0 win over Austin Peay

No. 8 Alabama improved to 9-2 on the season after a 34-0 win over the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t always pretty for the Tide who had a pair of first-half turnovers that left many Alabama fans grumbling on social media. Nevertheless, the Alabama defense put up a solid performance and shut out their opponent for the second time this season.

Bryce Young put together another good performance finishing with 221 passing yards and two touchdowns.

The ground game is where Alabama was most dominating as junior running back Jase McClellan racked up 156 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. As a team, Alabama finished with 263 yards on the ground.

Despite the shutout victory, Alabama’s performance left a lot to be desired. Here are five takeaways from the Tide’s win over Austin Peay.

Jase McClellan comes up big with Jahmyr Gibbs out

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With Alabama’s top playmaker out with an ankle injury in [autotag]Jahmyr Gibbs[/autotag], Jase McClellan was given an opportunity to be the feature back for the Tide and he delivered. McClellan has now put up solid back-to-back performances for Alabama.

Jermaine Burton is WR No. 1

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[autotag]Jermaine Burton[/autotag] has had an up-and-down season in Tuscaloosa, but like McClellan, has put together positive performances in consecutive weeks. Burton caught both of Young’s touchdown passes today and seems to be his favorite target in the red zone.

Brian Branch is a dude

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You could make the argument that [autotag]Brian Branch[/autotag] has been the most consistent player on the Alabama defense this season. The junior defensive back is excellent against the run and displayed his playmaking ability with an impressive interception against Austin Peay.

The Milroe/Simpson competition next season will be fun

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Maybe the biggest storyline when Alabama begins its preparations for the 2023 football season will be who replaces Bryce Young as the starting quarterback. Both [autotag]Jalen Milroe[/autotag] and [autotag]Ty Simpson[/autotag] are gifted athletically and the competition is sure to be fun and fierce in Tuscaloosa.

11:00 a.m. kicks should be illegal

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I believe this is a pretty consensus thought around college football but 11:00 a.m. kickoffs are completely ridiculous. The fans are not awake and neither are the players and coaches. Unfortunately, I don’t believe they will be going away anytime soon.

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