TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama coach Nick Saban wanted players, fans and the media to respect Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The team he called the best in the Sun Belt didn't do much to earn the high praise, though, falling behind to No. 1 Alabama 21-0 in the first half.
Stat of the half: Saban demanded focus from his players against Western Kentucky, and he got just that in the first half. Alabama committed no penalties and did not turn the ball over.
Player of the half: AJ McCarron has been lethal at quarterback, completing 8 of 10 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaged more than 16 yards per pass attempt.
What's working for Alabama: The Alabama defense hasn't been a stone wall against WKU, but it's been opportunistic, forcing three fumbles. Two WKU turnovers led to Alabama touchdowns.
What's not working for Alabama: The offensive line is having no trouble getting push in the running game, but pass protection is another matter. D.J. Fluker was beat badly on the rush that caused McCarron's fumble in the first quarter.