Report Card: Grading Alabama’s 30-24 win over Ole Miss

The 2022 season has been quite the roller coaster ride for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. After yesterday’s matchup with Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss, six of the Tide’s nine contests have gone down to the final possession.

Unlike last week in Baton Rouge, Alabama was able to make the necessary plays late in the matchup on both sides of the ball to come away with a victory.

Bryce Young played better than he has the last couple of weeks, and some other players on the offense stepped up and helped make an impact in the contest.

Defensively, the Tide did what they needed to do and got the stops they needed to get.

Let’s take a look at how the Crimson Tide graded out in their road win over No. 11 Ole Miss.

First…the offense…

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Grade: C+

This was so close to being a B grade, but the Tide had to settle for two field goals late in the contest when given great field position by the Rebels. If just one of those would have been capped off with a touchdown, the game looks a lot different. It was a much better performance than last week, but there are still areas the Tide needs to improve upon.

Next…the defense…

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Grade: B-

For the majority of the contest, the Alabama defense played pretty solid and they made the plays at the end that they needed to. A couple of penalties prolonged a couple of Ole Miss drives and a few too many explosive plays were given up to justify a higher grade.

Finally…special teams…

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Grade: A

Will Reichard once again came through for the Tide in the clutch. His three-for-three effort helped propel the Tide to victory in Oxford. Punter James Burnip had another solid outing as well, averaging 44 yards per punt with a long of 51.

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