Alabama Football: Bray and Vols Offense Provides Tough Test for Tide

By Allen Faul
Spruce Derden-US Presswire

The University of Alabama football team has seemingly coasted through the first half of their regular season slate, sitting at 6-0, but the trap of the Tennessee Volunteers will lie in the path of victory number seven Saturday evening.

The Crimson Tide have looked dominant this season, producing some of its most dominating performances away from Bryant Denny Stadium. This season Nick Saban’s squad is outscoring opponents 135-24 away from Tuscaloosa.

However, Alabama has not seen a test like the Tennessee Volunteers. At least not in 2012.

Alabama’s defense was highlighted by analyst across the country as being the weak link for the Crimson Tide heading into this season; instead they’ve topped the rankings of every major defensive category. While dominant, Alabama has yet to see a quarterback like Tyler Bray, a duo of Randy Moss-esque wide receivers in Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, nor as big of an offensive line.

Simply put, Tennessee can hang some points if the Tide are not careful.

“The things they try to do, the quality of their players, how they use the very good skilled players that they have, as well as a very good offensive line to run the ball and create balance makes it a very, very difficult team to defend” Saban said of Tennessee’s 22nd ranked offense.

Saban’s mention of the Volunteers dynamic play makers on offense was not coach speak. The Alabama head coach has long been accused of sending messages to his team through the media, but this was just an honest assessment.  Tennessee has been able to score points at will in games this season, hanging forty points in two of their last three games.

When the first BCS rankings were revealed Sunday night Alabama was ranked number one, although questions remained about just how good this Crimson Tide team is. Saturday evening, some of those questions will be answered.

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