Unfortunately for all SEC fans, the third Saturday in October doesn’t mean what it used to mean. As Tennessee has faded over the last decade, Alabama has become the most powerful program in all of the land.
The gap between the two programs will likely once again be on display in two weeks in Tuscaloosa.
It will be a 9 p.m. kickoff and a national ESPN broadcast for this one.
Tennessee is looking to build off a little momentum that they found against Georgia in the first half, mainly stemming from the performance of freshman quarterback Brian Maurer. The former three-star prospect took over for Jarrett Guarantano, instantly upgrading this offensive attack. Maurer was unafraid against one of the nation’s best defenses, pushing the ball down the field with success early on.
Maurer will likely see his second start this week against Mississippi State, even though Jeremy Pruitt wouldn’t commit to starting him after the Georgia.
The Tennessee offense should find some room to work against Alabama, which hasn’t exactly been playing great defense as of late. The Crimson Tide gave up 23 points to South Carolina and 31 points to Ole Miss.
The only problem? This 2019 Alabama offense has been historically good. Tua Tagovailoa and his ridiculous weapons have scored at least 42 points in every game to this point. Based on Tennessee’s inability to get any pressure on Jake Fromm on Saturday, that’s a trend that should continue against the Vols.