#2 Alabama Has Won 13 Straight Against Tennessee, CBS' Brian Jones Doesn't See That Streak Breaking Saturday
Added 10-23-20 11:29:01am EST - “The Tide head to Knoxville to play the Volunteers this weekend, riding a long winning streak in the rivalry, one that Jones believes will continue.” - Stlouis.cbslocal.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Stlouis.cbslocal.com: “#2 Alabama Has Won 13 Straight Against Tennessee, CBS' Brian Jones Doesn't See That Streak Breaking Saturday”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
(CBS Local)- Second-ranked Alabama passed its first major test of the season last weekend, pulling away from Georgia in the second half to win 41-24 and remain unbeaten on the season. Now, they head to Knoxville to face a Tennessee team that, after losing to Georgia two weeks ago, came unraveled last week in a blowout loss to Kentucky 34-7.
The matchup appears to be a game of teams heading in opposite directions, as the Tide have only continued to improve offensively while the Volunteers have regressed. College Football Today analyst Brian Jones was particularly impressed by the play of Mac Jones and the balance of Alabama’s offense last week.
“If you give him time, he’s going to pick you apart, because no one can stay hitched to these wide receivers. I thought Georgia would win the battle up front against Bama’s offensive line, the fact that they’re two deep and stay fresh, but that didn’t happen, especially in that second half. That Georgia defense did nothing in [the] way of getting to Mac Jones,” Jones said in an interview with CBS Local’s Ryan Mayer. “Offensively, they had balance. You had a 400-yard passer, 150-yard rusher, and then you have those wide receivers. Back-to-back games where they really had a ton of balance on the offensive side of the ball.”
Illustrative of that point, the Tide rank second in the country in passing offense (393 YPG) and first in yards per attempts (12.68). They also rank in the Top 40 of rushing offense (168.3 YPG) and yards per carry (4.61). The abundance of weapons at Jones’ disposal has continued the recent lineage of high-scoring, explosive Tide offenses. That would appear to present problems for the Vols, considering that they gave up 187 yards rushing and 4.2 yards per carry last week in the loss to the Wildcats.
The bigger problem for the Vols is on offense, where, after a solid start, senior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano has fallen apart. Since the start of the second half against Georgia, Guarantano has lost two fumbles and thrown three interceptions, including two pick sixes on back-to-back drives. Though Alabama’s defense has had more breakdowns than we would normally expect, one sure way to not give yourself a chance is turning the ball over. Jones puts it simply, if Tennessee can’t be effective running the ball, they’re in trouble.
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