The Tennessee Volunteers lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-10 in a game that they never really stood a chance. As expected, Alabama controlled the game and blew Tennessee out 35-0 in the first half. When the Volunteers faced the Oregon Ducks early in the season, they were the only team, until UCLA, who Oregon didn’t score at least 20 points on in the first quarter; the Crimson Tide scored 21 points in the first quarter.
However bad the loss looked on paper for Tennessee, there were a lot of positives that could be taken from it. Wide receiver Marquez North showed huge playmaking ability against one of the best secondaries in the country and defensive back Cameron Sutton, despite a few freshman mistakes, played a tremendous game against the most balanced offense in the country. On top of this, future quarterback Joshua Dobbs looked really good and seems to have the potential to be a future SEC star.
The Volunteers are in a transition year and weren’t supposed to be 4-4 this far into the season. The loss to Alabama, although disappointing to Vols fans, isn’t a big deal. Tennessee is in a position to win two of their last three and go to a bowl game, despite being expected to finish with just four or five wins. This season has turned out far better than expected.
Butch Jones had this team actually believing that they could beat Alabama before the game – something that past coaches haven’t been able to do. The future is bright for Tennessee.