GVX TV | Double Coverage Tennessee vs Alabama
1) Score. Duh!: Other than Texas A&M, only one team has scored as many as 10 points on Alabama. The Vols don’t have Johnny Manziel, but perhaps there are other clues to success to be found studying what the Aggies did.
2) Remember 2009: Another undermanned UT squad took a No. 1 Alabama team to the brink of an upset in Tuscaloosa in 2009. Somehow, those Vols held ’Bama to 136 yards rushing and zero touchdowns in a 12-10 game decided on a blocked field goal. There’s a battle plan, except that last part.
3) Sunseri-less: A year ago, the Sunseri family played a key role in this game. Sal was UT’s defensive coordinator in a 44-13 loss. Son Vinnie made six tackles as Alabama’s starting safety. Sal, fired along with Derek Dooley, is at Florida State. Vinnie is out for the rest of the season after a knee injury last week.
4) Worley Moments: Being patient with a running game that produces short gains and eats clock is fine, as long as Justin Worley is able to make occasional plays in the passing game. Worley doesn’t have the complete an especially high percentage but he needs to avoid interceptions and hit mid-range completions from time to time to sustain drives and change field position.
5) Resiliency Pays: Alabama grinds opponents into submission. The Vols showed resiliency the past two games, overcoming a poor first half against Georgia and answering a South Carolina rally. They’ll need that kind of resolve to have any chance in the fourth quarter.