The Alabama Crimson Tide won their 11th straight game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. The annual ‘3rd Saturday in October’ meeting was won in blowout fashion, as the Tide steamrolled the Volunteers 45-7.
Alabama, who’s now out to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in SEC play, flexed their muscles at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 28 before the Vols’ first TD of the game. The game got so out of hand that Nick Saban used both Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa under center.
Both amassed over 130 passing yards, and each threw a passing TD. The freshman Tagovalioa ran for a score, too. It was that kind of day.
What We Learned
Tennessee still hasn’t gotten an offensive TD in a month
Tennessee’s ugly stretch without an offensive touchdown lives to fight another week. The Vols, who haven’t found the end zone on offense since September 23, have now gone 14 quarters without doing so, too. They found the end zone, but it was on a pick six by Daniel Bituli. There doesn’t appear to be much of an end in sight for that, and it’s anyone’s guess when they’ll find paydirt again.
The Tide’s run game is still ridiculous
You might have a good run game when Bo Scarbrough scores two touchdowns, but only does so on 18 yards. You might have one when freshman tailback Najee Harris gains 50 yards on just seven carries. And when Damien Harris scampers for 72 yards on 13 carries with a TD to boot, your ground game might be dangerous. It’s just old news at this point. Alabama ran roughshod on Tennessee — literally and figuratively — and that helped bring them to victory.
Alabama is still the team to beat
I mean, yeah, duh? Right?