Alabama Football: Why T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy Will Run by Tennessee

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 20, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 08:  Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tries to break a tackle by Andrew Jackson #4 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's been more than 11 months since the Crimson Tide have lost, and that trend will continue on Saturday night when Alabama takes on the University of Tennessee.

They'll be lead by their two-pronged rushing attack of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, who have been absolutely electric as of late.

Last week, in the Tide's whitewashing of Missouri, Lacy and Yeldon combined for five touchdowns and ran wild on the Tigers. The pair have gotten more and more effective as the season's progressed.

After failing to post a 60-yard performance through the first three games of the 2012 season, Lacy has been dynamite in the Tide's last three, as he's posted two 100-yard performances and a solid 82-yard outing against Ole Miss.

Joining him in the backfield has been Yeldon, who has two 100-yard games of his own, giving Alabama the luxury of having two elite running backs featured in their offense.

Against the Volunteers, Yeldon and Lacy will continue their dominance by rushing for over 200 yards combined to help the Tide take down the Vols.

That's because Tennessee has demonstrated an inability to contain the rush when taking on quality opponents.

Two weeks ago against then-No. 5 Georgia, the Bulldogs had two running backs post over 100 yards, scoring five rushing touchdowns on the Vols. Last week, Tennessee took on another ranked team in Mississippi State.

The Vols gave up 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Despite their 3-3 record, Tennessee isn't a bad team, as they've kept things close against every Top 25 opponent they've faced.

Unfortunately, the Vols are about to go up against the nation's best team, and given their lack of success containing elite teams on the ground, Lacy and Yeldon should be able to pad their stats with big performances at Tennessee's expense.