Alabama Football: Elite Defense and Rushing Attack Will Lead Tide Pass Vols

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 20, 2012

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Running back T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball upfield during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The BCS rankings may create a ton of debate, but right now most are in agreement that Alabama is on another level. Tennessee will remain winless in the SEC, as they will buckle under the smash-mouth style the defending BCS champions will employ.

Yes, the Tide are 6-0, so are a few other teams in the country. However, none of those teams combine the devastating rushing attack and defense Alabama brings to the table.

T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy could be Heisman Trophy candidates on separate teams. Both backs have over 400 yards rushing, and they're splitting carries. Their offensive line probably isn't a major drop-off from what the Arizona Cardinals run out there every Sunday.

The defense is the best in the nation—period. They have allowed only 7.5 points per game this season. 

The Vols' three losses have all been respectable (Florida, Georgia and Mississippi State). The teams that have beaten them have one loss between them. However, it easily points out how the team fares when pitted against elite competition. I'd say 'Bama embodies the word elite right now.

It's true, the Tide have played only one ranked team this season, and that team (Michigan) has proven to be drastically overrated. However, this team has dominated every opponent. The 19-point margin of victory over Ole Miss was the closest any team has stayed with 'Bama all year.

It helps that the Vols are at home, but not much. They lost 37-20 on September 15 in Neyland Stadium against the Gators. In that game, they were outscored 27-6 in the second half, and they gave up 336 yards on the ground.

That type of run support will get you trampled by the Tide's ground attack. With LSU and Florida both winning their games on Saturday, the Tide will want to make a statement heading into their showdown with Mississippi State on October 27.

Unfortunately, the Vols are in their path, and they don't have much of a chance to win this game. The Tide will triumph, 40-20.


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