Alabama mixing it up on offense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The most balanced Alabama offense since Nick Saban arrived looked pretty good throwing the football in the nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to go up 10-0.

Quarterback Greg McElroy looks incredibly poised in the pocket, but he's also getting great protection. Here's the other thing about Alabama's passing game: When the receivers catch the ball -- and it doesn't matter who it is -- they get upfield immediately.

There's not a lot of juking and trying to fake guys out. They get north and south in a hurry.

McElroy is also spreading the ball around.