If there was ever a question that Alabama football still deserved to be ranked first in the nation after three weeks without facing an opponent, it was quickly answered Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Yes. Yes it does.
After the lengthy hiatus away from the gridiron, the Crimson Tide rolled over the Kentucky Wildcats, 63-3.
“I think everybody was excited to get back to be able to play, after all the time off,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said after the game. “I think we got off to a little slow start. The energy, the intensity, the attention to detail early on in the game was not what we wanted it to be, but I think we played better and better and better as the game went on.”
Alabama redshirt-junior quarterback Mac Jones continued to stake his claim as a Heisman Trophy candidate, throwing 16-for-24 for 230, two touchdowns and an interception.
However, the main storyline from the Crimson Tide’s offense was senior wide receiver DeVonta Smith. In total, Smith accounted for 144 yards on nine receptions and two touchdowns.
The first touchdown came in the second quarter, a 10-yard reception thrown by Jones. The touchdown was Smith’s 32nd of his career, which broke former Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper’s record for most receiving touchdowns.
The second put Smith at 33, increasing his lead as the highest-scoring wide receiver in Alabama program history.