Matchups: Alabama's top-ranked defense gives Tide the edge

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron jokes with teammates on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against Kentucky in an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. McCarron threw for 359 yards and a touchdown in Alabama's 48-7 victory. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron jokes with teammates on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against Kentucky in an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. McCarron threw for 359 yards and a touchdown in Alabama's 48-7 victory. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

People don’t usually think of dynamic passing games when they think of Alabama or Nick Saban, but third-year starter AJ McCarron has grown into one of the nation’s most respected quarterbacks and leads a potent passing attack.

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Comments » 4

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

Evan, crow is a tough old bird.
But don't worry, I've got yours marinating in a big bowl of orange Kool-Aid already.

Tennessee in a stunner.

gc_scvol writes:

You have been trained well by the old heads at KNS. I mean in the ways of defeat, of course. Your negative thoughts do not bode well for a KNS writer. You keep up your present journalisti style, and you will grow to be loved as much as JA and the other writers who now grace our presence. Why not be a Homer. We haven't had one in a long time. Right or wrong people are going to love you for at least trying to bring hope to the Vol nation. It's your choice.

RoadTrip writes:

Evan - if Worley does as well or better than McCarron like he has against Murray and Shaw - does he get an "A" on your report card? lol. He may not due to Bama's strong D, but, in the industry QB performance is rated based on the level of competition and the roster he has to work with. I am not talking QBR - I am talking about how actual football coaches grade performance. Stats are tools to answers, not the answers themselves.

Same goes for our D. Did you not learn anything last week? USCe has a top dual threat QB, one of the top 3 RB's by performance YTD, and some fast, sure handed receivers. What happened on the field? C'mon. This Bama team is really good. But they are not to the level of the past NC teams. Whether we win or lose, they will get exposed in this game. Even the current computer models show UT would win this game about 25% of the time.

Have to agree with the other posters - KNS has become irrelevant in UT sports except as bandwagon fans or opponents over the past 10 years. Otherwise you would have dozens of comments on these articles on this message board from local subscribers. Might want to try a different angle than Adams if you want people to actually pay attention to what you say or even care. Or not. Good luck with whatever route you choose. There is an opportunity here to become the new Hyams. Your choice. However, I am done trying to provide a little balance to the thought process.

johnlg00 writes:

I don't think it takes a great deal of editorializing either way to demonstrate that, on paper at least, the Tide is the significantly stronger team. Of course, the purpose of playing the games is to determine how relevant the statistics actually are. By any objective standard, the Vols for the last several years just haven't had the physical wherewithal to stand toe-to-toe with the big boys. Even so, there was always the feeling that they didn't get all they could have out of the talent they did have. This team still has some obvious holes but they have shown that they can play above their talent level on more and more frequent occasions. They have to do that today to a superlative degree to have a shot at reversing the Tide, but I expect them to give a good account of themselves. No pressure on the Vols, but it will be up to them to put some pressure on the Tide. If both teams play to their talent level, the Tide should roll.

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