Week 7

Alabama 49, Tennessee 10: What Does It All Mean?

Alabama made an emphatic statement with a 49-10 win over Tennessee. What does it all mean?

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Alabama 49, Tennessee 10: What Does It All Mean?

Check another one off the list.

Is this Nick Saban’s most complete team yet? So far, at least it’s close.

Every week the Crimson Tide come up with points from a variety of places, with yet another defensive score this week and a punt return for a score to add to the mix. But the offense is what’s making this team even more special, coming up with more than 48 points for the fifth time – again, though, there was help from other areas – thanks to a crushing ground game.

And thanks to Jalen Hurts.

Now deep, deep, deep in the Heisman hunt, Hurts didn’t just complete 16-of-26 passes for 143 yards and a pick, he got the team out of several bad situations with his legs, running for 132 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries for a ground game that blasted away for over 400 yards.

Of course, the Bama defense did its part, clamping down on Joshua Dobbs allowing just 92 passing yards, and stuffing the Tennessee ground game with just 32 yards on 32 carries, showing off a different team and different look than last year at this time.

Last season, Alabama was limping into the end of October looking like a tired team in need of a rest. This year’s team looks fresh, fired up, and like it’s hitting its stride at just the right time.

After the Texas A&M fight, Tennessee got the Tide at the worst possible time, but there might not be a good time to get this year’s team.

With the Aggies up next, Alabama, one more week before getting the break to prepare for LSU. Now that you look like you need it.