maxresdefault1What a win for Alabama. The tide came into this game, (aside from the 48-43 win over Ole Miss), rolling opponents to a 6-0 record and yet again, look like formidable championship contenders. I tell you, Nick Saban is one of the greatest college coaches of all time and this Alabama squad is looking like one of his best teams. While Freshman QB Jalen Hurts did not have a field day passing (give credit to that Tennessee defence), he did shred the defence with his legs averaging a ridiculous 11 yards per carry. Junior WR Ardarius Stewart was also able to get into the end zone on a 29 yard scamper. The vaunted Alabama defence, notching 3 sacks and 10 tackles for losses, held Tennessee to one touchdown and a field goal, absolutely stuffing the entire Vols offence. Senior QB Josh Dobbs was held to 16/27 for 92(!) yards and an int, as well as -31(!!) yards on 7 carries. Sophomore DB Ronnie Harrison picked off Dobbs in the first quarter and took it 58 yards to the house for another Alabama defensive touchdown, their 8th of the season. Speaking of non offensive touchdowns, senior DB Eddie Jackson’s 79 yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter marked the 11th non offensive touchdown scored by Alabama this year, which is more than some teams offences. Known for big comebacks, the Volunteers were unable to find a rhythm against the Tide. Junior RB Jalen Hurd only managed 28 yards on 13 carries, while the lone scorer on offence for the Vols, Junior RB Alvin Kamara gained 21 yards on 8 carries. Aside from letting up 5 rushing touchdowns to the Tide, the Vols had to like what they did in pass defence against Alabama’s talented receiving duo of sophomore WR Calvin Ridley and senior TE O.J. Howard, limiting the two pass catchers to a combined 88 yards on 6 catches and no touchdowns. That run defence however, will need to get better if they want to fight for a playoff spot down the road. Moving on however, Alabama will welcome the #6 ranked Texas A&M Aggies in a game that should be a lot closer than this score was. As for Tennessee, they dropped from 9th to 18th in the polls. Despite this, they enjoy a much needed bye and will look to play an away game at unranked South Carolina, which will be a boost if they’re able to come away with a W. A loss could put them out of the top 25 depending on how the other top 25 teams fair. All in all, Tennessee would like to put this game behind them while Alabama continues its dominance in the landscape of college football.