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Alabama showing no mercy to Tennessee in first half

A.J. McCarron, Nick Saban AP

Tennessee is improved under new head coach Butch Jones. That much we know after seeing the Volunteers beat a ranked South Carolina team last week.

But there’s a long way to go before Tennessee can hang with the likes of Alabama.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide served this reminder to the Vols in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, whipping the visiting team every which way while jumping out to a 35-0 halftime lead.

Alabama piled up 292 yards of offense and 16 first downs while holding Tennessee to just six first downs and 143 total yards. Heisman Trophy candidate A.J. McCarron was 13 of 17 for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon ran for 40 yards and two scores.

Tennessee’s best chance to score came late in the second quarter when the Vols drove deep into Alabama territory. ┬áBut the drive ended ignominiously when Justin Worley’s pass was picked off by Landon Collins (who started for an injured Vinnie Sunseri) at the Alabama 11-yard line and returned 89 yards for a touchdown. Checkmate.

This game is in the bag for Alabama.  The only drama left may be whether the Tide can get its third shutout in the SEC this season.

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12 Responses to “Alabama showing no mercy to Tennessee in first half”
  1. be4bama says: Oct 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    Who’s your daddy?

  2. classyjacklambert says: Oct 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    Today makes it hard to conceive anything but a fsu – Alabama bcs nc game.

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 26, 2013 5:50 PM


    The FSU/Miami game is going to be a monster.

    What is telling is how quick Alabama has grown up.
    LSU and Auburn games are going to be nothing short of war.

  4. lastdukestreetking says: Oct 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    FSU beats Miami by 20+

  5. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 26, 2013 6:55 PM

    Bama just showing its them followed by the rest of the mediocres in conference. I wouldn’t get excited about FSU Vs Miami. It’s going to be the same joke as the Clemson game. Miami has looked horrible the last 2 weeks and that will continue when FSU beats then by 20+

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 26, 2013 6:56 PM

    Only teams that can say they are great are Bama, Oregon, and FSU.

  7. dcroz says: Oct 26, 2013 7:07 PM

    Baylor has looked great, too, though they’ve played easy teams thus far. We’ll get to see the rest of the way just how good the Bears really are.

  8. madtownthrowdown says: Oct 26, 2013 8:01 PM

    Dcroz- your right there. Mizzou also. Unexpectedly impressive.

  9. imaduffer says: Oct 26, 2013 8:13 PM

    Hope Mr. Saban isn’t mad but I turned the game off at the end of the first quarter and went an mowed the grass.

  10. Deb says: Oct 26, 2013 8:17 PM

    A lot of football to play between now and January. Happy with the Tide’s performance today, but LSU is not going to roll over and play dead for anybody. Looking forward to a nail-biter on the 9th.

  11. classyjacklambert says: Oct 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    LSU is not exactly dominating Furman right now.

  12. Deb says: Oct 27, 2013 1:50 PM

    @classyjacklambert …

    I didn’t see the game, but 48-16 seems dominant.

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