Alabama was expected to take a step back following its championship season. It hasn't worked out that way. Instead, the Tide appear to be on a mission, winning their first six games by an average of 33 points per game.
Next on their rampage is the 3-3 Tennessee Volunteers. Here are three reasons why the Crimson Tide will roll all over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.
AJ McCarron is no longer the weak link
Quarterback AJ McCarron was considered the weak link during Alabama's championship run last season.
Not this year.
McCarron has played lights-out at the position, posting 1,170 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Last season, McCarron passed for only 16 touchdowns.
His veteran leadership under center has turned Alabama into one of the better offenses in the country. The team is averaging 423 total yards on the season en route to their 6-0 record.
On the road, in a hostile atmosphere, McCarron will use his experience to get the job done.
Anything can happen in college football, especially when teams play at home. We saw that this past weekend all over college football.
However, the Volunteers defense will struggle to defend Alabama's offense, which won't allow Tennessee the opportunity to stay in the game, resulting in a failed upset bid. Tennessee has allowed 31.5 points per game—a number that is ranked 93rd in the nation. And Tennessee's defense has been much worse in SEC play, as it has allowed 43 points per contest.
Alabama and quarterback AJ McCarron will take advantage of a porous Volunteers defense. Alabama has scored 40.5 points per game this season, and the team has played even better in SEC play, scoring 42.3 points per game.
McCarron and the offense will be able to score loads of points on Saturday.
Alabama's defense is motivated
Generally, when a team wins a national championship, it tends to not be as motivated the following year. But in college sports, there's an influx of different players who want to prove their worth in college and for their future.
Alabama hasn't taken a step backwards, despite losing countless players to the NFL, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Crimson Tide have pitched two shutouts this season and boast a country-leading 7.5 points against per game.
We very well could be looking at back-to-back championships from Nick Saban and company when this season comes to its conclusion.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Tennessee 13