Coming off a 59-0 win over Texas A&M, Alabama travels to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. to take on one of the SEC East’s struggling programs, the Tennessee Volunteers. Here are a look at some of the more interesting numbers involved in Saturday’s tilt.


  • 177. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, 177 of Alabama’s rushing yards came before contact. That means the Crimson Tide’s ball carriers were, on average, 4 yards beyond the line of scrimmage before a Texas A&M defender touched them. That’s a good sign from the offensive line, which struggled at times in the few weeks prior.
  • 30. Reggie Ragland, Xzavier Dickson, Ryan Anderson and co. are licking their lips heading into this weekend. Tennessee’s inexperienced offensive line has given up a ton of sacks this season, 30. Alabama’s pass rush has improved by leaps and bounds in the last couple of games, with 10 sacks combined against Arkansas and Texas A&M. Justin Worley might not make it through this game, let alone the rest of the season.
  • 8. In the Crimson Tide’s 59-0 romp over Texas A&M, eight different players caught passes from Alabama’s quarterbacks, the Tide’s second-highest total of the season in that regard. Even better, Amari Cooper only had 8 receptions out of the team’s 21 completions. Maybe balance in the passing game isn’t all that far away.


  • 78. Unlike Texas A&M last week, Tennessee actually has some guys that will wrap up. One of them, A.J. Johnson, already has 78 tackles to anchor the defense. The senior linebacker flies around sideline to sideline and is constantly around the ball. Those yards before contact that Alabama put up last week won’t be quite as easy to come by against the Vols.
  • 41.4. Despite Sims and Jacob Coker spreading the ball around a bit last week, Cooper is receiving the lion’s share of the looks in the passing game at 41.4 percent, again thanks to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s not just the highest percentage in the country this year, but the fourth-highest in the last 10 years.
  • 1. The Crimson Tide will have to block out some distraction this week. As you’ve probably heard, Lane Kiffin once spent a season as head coach of the Volunteers. Saturday marks his first trip back to Neyland Stadium since his departure.