Alabama pounded Tennessee on the ground all afternoon, racking up 438 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.
Alabama had three players rush for more than 90 yards. Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrough both topped 100 yards.
There are still a few things to clean up in the passing game, but the Tide showed some flashes on a few throws. If Alabama can run like that, it won’t matter what the passing game does.
If not for a turnover that gave Tennessee a short field, it would have been very hard for the Volunteers to drive the field and score a touchdown on Alabama’s defense.
The Crimson Tide’s defense shut down everything Tennessee tried on the afternoon. Alabama’s defense scored the same amount of touchdowns as Tennessee’s offense. Ronnie Harrison’s 58-yard pick-6 gave Alabama its eighth defensive touchdown of the season.
Seven of Alabama’s 11 defensive starters have scored a touchdown this season.
Special teams: A-
Alabama’s special teams found the end zone for the third time this season. Safety Eddie Jackson returned a punt 79 yards for a score.
Alabama is unbeatable when the team is getting points from its defense and special teams.
The minus comes from kicker Adam Griffith missing a 37-yard field goal attempt. It seems minor looking at the game, but there may come a time when Alabama needs Griffith to make a kick. He’ll need to be more consistent.
Alabama’s coaching staff had a great plan. Defensively, Alabama took away Tennessee’s option attack by playing two of its edge rushers at the same time. Alabama typically uses one edge rusher along with three bigger defensive linemen. But the coaching staff knew Tennessee liked to run on the perimeter so they put in more speed on defense to combat that.
Offensively, Alabama put a lot of stress on Tennessee’s defense with perimeter quarterback runs. That opened lanes between the tackles for the running backs.
Alabama’s coaching staff deserves credit for preparing the team and having them ready to go in a hostile environment.
Alabama dismantled a top-10 rival on the road in front of a crowd of 102,455. Alabama coach Nick Saban said the team played a complete game in all areas. After a somewhat sloppy performance at Arkansas, Alabama responded in a big way against the Volunteers.
Alabama is riding high heading into the top-10 showdown with Texas A&M on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. That matchup could decide the SEC West.