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Alabama’s Amazing Offense

By BJ Bennett
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The end result of almost every drive, it seems, has been a touchdown, a record or both.

So far this season, Alabama's offense has been nearly perfect. After a historic 63 points and 723 total yards in a win over Ole Miss, and ahead of a showdown with Georgia's famed defense, it's worth reflecing on all that Alabama has already accomplished. The Crimson Tide currently lead all of college football in points per game (51), yards per play (8.66) and pace all teams which have played multiple games in third down conversions (64.52%).

The end result of almost every drive, it seems, has been a touchdown, a record or both.   

Saturday's performance at Ole Miss was Alabama's ultimate example. The balance and proficiency is unlike much the game has ever seen. Running back Najee Harris rushed for more touchdowns, with five, than quarterback Mac Jones had incompletions, with four. Harris' first touchdown run went for 33 yards; the offense finished with 37 first downs. Receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle topped the 300-yard mark by themselves. The Crimson Tide only had seven third downs and converted six of them.

Harris was the star. He ran 23 times for 206 yards, averaging nine yards per attempt, reaching the endzone five times on the ground. He also added three receptions for 42 yards. Remarkably, Harris is one of just two players in SEC history, joining LSU's Kevin Faulk, with a game with at least 200 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in a conference game. Furthermore, he is the lone Power Five running back this millennium with 200 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns and 40 receiving yards in one outing. For Harris, Saturday was a showing for the ages.

Jones continued to be both stunningly efficient and downfield-oriented. He completed 28-of-32 passes for 417 yards and two scores, all with no turnovers. At this point, Jones leads the nation with a passer rating of 220.35 and a per attempt average of 13.3 yards and ranks second in the country, leading the P5, with a completion percentage of 79.5%. His 367 yards per game slot fourth. So far, Jones, quarterbacking the nation's top-ranked offense, has been a continuation of the stunning success of Tua Tagovailoa.

Out wide, Alabama's playmakers are as good as it gets. Waddle, third, and Smith, fifth, both rank in the top five in the SEC with 132 and 105.3 yards per game. Nationally, Waddle is third as well. John Metchie III is currently the only receiver in college football with double digit catches averaging over 25 yards per reception. Despite having played just three games, Waddle and Smith are each in the national top ten in catches of at least ten yards. Waddle is fifth in catches of at least 40 yards. Metche is sixth in the country in receptions of at least 30 yards and is tied for the lead with multiple grabs of more than 60 yards.

Alabama's offensive front has set the tone for it all. Alex Leatherwood, Deonte Brown, Landon Dickerson, Emil Ekiyor, Evan Neal and company have consistently won, individually and collectively, on almost every snap. Tight end Miller Foristall, who caught a touchdown pass against Ole Miss, has also been a good blocker. The Crimson Tide have allowed just four sacks and already have 12 rushing touchdowns, good for fourth in the game and tied for tops in the P5. Up front, Alabama is dominating.  

"Best o line in the country no kizzy," tweeted Harris after his five touchdown game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been completely in rhythm, making the most of the remarkable talent on the field. Alabama has been balanced and unpredictable alike.

Georgia's defense, allowing the fewest yards per game of any teams with multiple outings, 236.7, will be the signature test for an Alabama offense that has been absolutely unstoppable. The Bulldogs rank number one nationally in rush defense, holding opponents to 38.33 yards per game and, correspondingly, are one of just two teams nationally to have not yet allowed a redzone touchdown. Their consistency has been impressive: Georgia held Auburn to 216 total yards and 3.48 yards per play and Tennessee to 216 yards and 3.40 yards per play.

Saturday night in Tuscaloosa is set to be one of the best matchups college football has seen in some time.

This Alabama offense is rolling. More, for the Crimson Tide, has been more of the same.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports