Saturday was the Third Saturday in October, and unfortunately, like it has been since 2006, the Tennessee Volunteers ended up on the wrong side of a 44-13 beat down. So on to the the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Alabama sports one of the bet defenses in the nation, and in my honest opinion, Sam Pittman deserves a raise. The Volunteer O-line held it’s own all night. Tyler Bray wasn’t sacked all night, he was pressured, but not sacked. Marlin Lane scraped together 55 yards on 15 carries, certainly not overwhelming, but against the competition not terrible.
Corrdarrelle Patterson continues to shine when he has the ball in his hands. He made a great catch in traffic,and he averaged almost 27 yards a kick return. He is a talented kid.
Tyler Bray to Justin Hunter. It wasn’t even there until it was too late in the game to matter. Big time games need big time players, and the two biggest Vols disappeared.
The Tennessee secondary was dreadful. Amari Cooper is talented, and AJ McCarron is probably underrated. But sheesh. I didn’t think David Palmer and Joe Namath were gonna make appearances in Neyland Stadium. The Vols sold out to stop the Bama ground game. They paid dearly.
Seven straight losses to Alabama, three straight by exactly 31 points. (Not coincidentally all three games that Derek Dooley has coached against the Tide). Nobody could pick Tennessee in this game without bringing up junk stats and/or crazy what ifs. So disappointing, so ugly.