Tennessee's dream of reaching the pinnacle of SEC football was jump-started a week ago when it upset South Carolina, but those dreams came crashing back down to Earth after a 45-10 loss to top-ranked Alabama.
The Crimson Tide were in control from the opening kick, when speedster Christion Jones took the first play to midfield on a big return. Three plays later, Nick Saban's crew was in the end zone—a location they quickly became familiar with.
Despite the game getting out of hand early, the Vols were able to generate some success in the second half after going into halftime with a 35-0 deficit. But it wasn't nearly enough to test the top-ranked Tide, who looked to be in a different weight class than the Vols from the get-go.
The Vols' loss wasn't short on implications, as many storylines unfolded that will be followed closely throughout the rest of the season.
Here are the 10 biggest things I learned from the loss.
Steven Cook covered the Tennessee-Alabama game from the Bryant-Denny Stadium press box.