Alabama’s resounding victory over Tennessee Saturday showed why the SEC will likely be playing for yet another national championship.
Tennessee’s depressing performance showed that the decisions made in the coming weeks by Dave Hart and his advisors/financiers will determine when the next sellout of Neyland Stadium will be.
The motivation, as articulated by Vol linebacker Herman Lathers:
We know we have a big game coming up this weekend against the No. 1 team in the nation. You know, if you don’t come prepared they’re going to embarrass you.
Or potentially even if you do come prepared.
Every now and then, two behemoths get together on the gridiron and focus the attention of the college football world. That’s what will happen this Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as No. 1 LSU visits No. 2 Alabama.
The hype-fueled world of today creates a lot of things out of nothing. Seemingly more often than not, the hyped matchups fall flat to our expectations. Anytime Number One faces Number Two, the moniker “Game of the Century” (GOTC) gets dragged out of the closet, dusted off and shined up.
The BCS has made a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup a yearly event. But before the 1998 season, such matchups were pretty rare occurrences, especially before the bowl season.
It took Alabama 34 minutes to score their first TD of the evening, thanks to an aggressive and effective first-half Tennessee defense, not to mention a punter’s passing prowess. But for the fourth time this season against an SEC opponent, the Vols got burned early in the second half to lose hard-fought momentum.
For the record…
Last week, the Vols were soundly beaten by the Number One LSU Tigers. This week, the Vols will be soundly beaten again, this time by the Number Two Alabama Crimson Tide. If the predicted (inevitable) comes true under the lights Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, the biggest thing to guard against is despondency – the theme of this week’s For the Record…
Alabama 41 Tennessee 10
23 Oct 2010 | Neyland Stadium | 102,455Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
What does airplane glue and a paper bag give you? A short-lived high, and then an excruciating headache. “Migraine” is now spelled “Julio Jones”…
…or, perhaps the present state of “Tennessee Vol Football”.
My apologies to NorCalVol and other readers for my absence of two weeks or so; however, the near-clinical depression that I have been suffering after the losses to LSU and Georgia has inhibited my rational thinking, and caused something of a writer’s block. So, with some trepidation I share a few memories and thoughts with you about Tennessee’s ancient enemy — the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
Except for rare circumstances, I pull for SEC schools against non-conference foes. Thursday night’s National Championship game, Alabama vs Texas, played at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, was not a rare circumstance for me.
Usually, what’s good for the SEC is good for Tennessee. It brings continued pride, wealth, and the national spotlight on my conference, and some of that spotlight shines on the Vols, even when we are in the middle of the conference’s pack. Read More…
Alabama made 26 first downs to Florida’s 13, and converted 11 of 15 3rd-down conversions (11 of 15!) to Florida’s 4 of 11. The Tide’s rushing yardage swallowed the Gators’, 251 to 88 yards (63 of Florida’s 88 yards were Tebow’s). Alabama’s unheralded passing game equaled Florida’s touted Tebow-to-Company wrecking crew, 239 to 247 yards. And the Crimson Tide had possession of the ball twice as long as the Gators, 39:37 to 20:23.
This was simply Alabama’s best game of the season and Florida’s worst. By far on both accounts. But why?
Perhaps Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin was correct when he humorously postulated earlier this week that both teams had great players but Alabama’s were better coached. Perhaps. Read More…