Alabama keeps proving week after week why they are the #1 team in the country. Saturday afternoon was no different, as the Crimson Tide came out and put the game away quickly in the 1st quarter. Leading 21-0 after the 1st quarter and 35-0 at halftime, this game was never in doubt. Tennessee never got into any type of rhythm on offense in the 1st half and were consistently gashed on defense in a game that Alabama went on to win 45-10.
Late in the 2nd quarter, UT QB Justin Worley re-aggravated an already injured thumb. To start the 2nd half, Butch Jones put in highly touted freshman Joshua Dobbs to run the offense. Dobbs brought an element to the offense that had not been seen up to this point in the season. The threat of running the ball from the QB position is something the Vols desperately need in this offense. He showed poise, decisiveness, and the ability to make throws. It will be interesting to see what happens this coming week for the Vols in practice.
The Crimson Tide improve to 8-0 overall and will have a bye week before hosting LSU on November 9. Tennessee falls to 4-4 and will head to Columbia, Missouri next week to take on a surprising top 5 Missouri team.