Time to get your hate up.
This year, the Volunteers are 2-4 overall, 0-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Compare that to Alabama’s near perfect 6-1, 3-1 SEC record, and it seems like a no-brainer that the Crimson Tide will dominate.
But think about last year. Then, Alabama was at a perfect 7-0 hosting the 3-3 Vols. It was another case in which Alabama clearly had the advantage on paper. However, quarterback Greg McElroy averaged just over 4 yards per throw, while running back Mark Ingram only ran for 99 yards.
It was week eight in college football, and Alabama needed a break; Tennessee had just had its break. The Tide hung on, literally, by the tips of Cody’s fingers, barely staying perfect.
"The goal of this game was for us to get back to playing with the kind of effort, the kind of toughness and discipline and execution; to play with the intensity you need to play with to play winning football. We probably hit on the toughness part — I was pleased with that — I thought we tackled better on defense, played on the line of scrimmage better," Saban said. "We did a better job all the way around and gave much better effort in this game. Guys really played hard and I’m really proud of that. The intensity was good, the execution was not what it needs to be. That’s something we can improve on. We had way too many penalties — discipline penalties. Offsides on defense, false starts on offense, those things we can correct and improve."
"People forget that it's hard to be productive all the time," ESPN analyst Tom Luginbill said. "Having said that, the single biggest negative is Greg McElroy's inability to get the ball out quickly. Sometimes you go through stretches where you're just not seeing it. You start patting the ball in the pocket, and that's when bad things happen."
Perhaps Maze epitomized this victory. He returned six punts for 125 yards, including one for 37 yards highlighted by a breathtaking play by linebacker Alex Watkins, who wiped out two Rebels with the block of the season.
But Maze lost a fumble on his last return, setting up the Rebels for their only three points of the first half.
The Alabama softball team swept its second day of fall games as the Crimson Tide earned a 4-0 win over UAH and an 8-0 win over Northwest Florida State College Sunday afternoon. With the two wins, Alabama improves to a perfect 3-0 this fall.
"All the freshmen played really well," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Jackie (Traina) pitched a great game, not giving up a hit after the first inning. Cassie (Reilly-Boccia) and Conley both had great at bats. I was really proud of the fact that we only had one error the entire day. That is something we have been working really hard on this fall."