Up next for Tennessee Vols football: No. 1 Alabama
Tennessee's prize after earning its first SEC victory since last November? A date with No. 1 Alabama (9 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN).
The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) rolled to a 47-28 victory at Texas A&M on Saturday. Alabama's defense isn't as stout as some years past, but its offense is as dominant as ever.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is every bit as good as last season, when he was the Heisman Trophy runner-up. He's 134-of-182 passing (73.6%) for 2,011 yards with 27 touchdowns and one interception.
Given all the attention Tagovailoa receives, it's easy to overlook wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. But he, too, is one of the best players in the country at his position. He has 42 receptions for 538 yards with six touchdowns. Devonta Smith has 38 receptions for 636 yards and nine touchdowns.
Najee Harris leads the team with 465 rushing yards on 74 carries.
Safety Xavier McKinney has a team-high 47 tackles. Alabama is plus-11 in turnover margin.
Alabama leads the "Third Saturday in October" rivalry 56-38-7. The Crimson Tide have won 12 in a row in the series.
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