Can Alabama get its offensive groove back?

Take a look at today’s GameDay section story about Alabama’s offense coming off its worst outing in memory:

TUSCALOOSA — Not always exciting, but consistently effective.

That was the tenor of Alabama’s offense through eight games, churning out 39 points a contest.

But last Saturday, the machine malfunctioned. Possessions hit a brick wall near the LSU 30-yard line in the 9-6 overtime loss. The Crimson Tide failed to score a touchdown for only the second time in head coach Nick Saban’s five years with the program.

“When we did things correctly, we moved the ball really nicely,” Saban said. “We had over 300 yards until the last series, when we went backwards in two-minute drill. There were some good things done. I just think there were too many occasions where we didn’t do things the way they were supposed to be done, and I’m hopeful that the players will see that the importance comes in execution.”

A week’s worth of introspection and evaluation later, the Tide travels west to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4 SEC).

Eliminating the negative plays is the first priority.

LSU didn’t have the most tackles in the backfield among Alabama’s nine opponents, but all six tackles for loss the Tigers did have came in critical situations. Five came in LSU territory, and each directly led to either a punt or long missed field goal attempt.

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