A few stats from the UT-‘Bama game to think about

Yeah, I know what week it is, but Georgia gets the Vols in a few weeks and I expect Alabama to be the opponent in the SECCG, so munch on these in the meantime.

From David Ubben ($$):

Alabama took away Tennessee’s running game for 60 minutes and reaped the benefits of a one-dimensional offense late. The Vols averaged 5.14 yards per carry entering the game and 26th nationally with 59 carries longer than 10 yards, which was more than all but one team (Arkansas) in the country. Alabama limited Tennessee’s backs to 38 yards on 14 carries with no runs longer than 7 yards.

They may have been sloppy in pass coverage, but Alabama’s defensive front seven took the Vols completely out of their running game.  That’s not nothing.  On the one hand, that’s something that bodes well for the trip to Knoxville.  On the other, let’s just say the idea of having to count on Stetson Bennett to win a game when Georgia’s running attack is shut down concerns me just a wee bit.

And here are a couple more Vol nuggets from David Paschall:

  • Tennessee ranks 129th out of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams with 25 minutes and 19 seconds of possession time per game, ahead of only Connecticut.
  • The Vols notched eight more tackles for loss and are averaging 7.4 per game, which ranks third in the FBS and first among Power Five teams.

I know TOP isn’t the most meaningful stat out there, but when you’re as thin as Tennessee is, going fast while going 2-12 on third down conversions is a recipe for wearing out your defense by the fourth quarter.  Which, by the way, is what happened.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat of that against the Dawgs.

As for the second stat there, UT did do a good job early on flustering Alabama on offense, “early on” being the key term.  (See paragraph above.)  By the way, tackles for loss notwithstanding, ‘Bama finished an incredible 15-20 on its third down conversions.  Tennessee is next to last in the conference in opponents’ third down conversion rate.  If Daniels is back as the starting quarterback by then, expect him to feast on third downs.


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28 responses to “A few stats from the UT-‘Bama game to think about

  1. Biggen

    I don’t understand their tempo. They know they are thin and have no depth at all. Seems to me they would want to slow the game down.

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    • artistformerlyknownasbman

      If a hammer is the only tool you have, every problem looks like a nail. Tempo might be the only thing in Heupel’s toolbox.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I think tempo is something you do to try and level the field when you don’t match up well with talent. I watched the bulk of this game, and initially thought that UT was doing better than I expected, but that talent and conditioning was winning out. I took off my Disney Dawg glasses, and feel pretty comfortable with us playing either team. The main thing that worries me about UT is that we have to go to Knoxville. The main thing that worries me about Bama is what if they don’t win the West?


      • Biggen

        I don’t disagree with you. My issue is how much they use it.

        I watched the whole game and thought UT did a pretty good job as a whole with what they have on their roster. Bama’s D helped them out some too. I remember at least two chunk yardage plays (could have even been for TDs as I can’t remember) that UT completed because there wasn’t a Bama defender around for 5 yards.

        But their 3 and outs ultimately killed them. Bama ran over 91 offensive snaps that game. That is nuts!

        I don’t see the advantage of tempo Every. Single. Time. when you have such a depleted roster. Those quick 3 and outs catch up to your defense against better teams.


  2. originaluglydawg

    If they hadn’t gone fast, they may have been fresh enough in the fourth quarter to give Saban a stroke.

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  3. bcdawg97

    “…let’s just say the idea of having to count on Stetson Bennett to win a game when Georgia’s running attack is shut down concerns me just a wee bit.”

    But we’ve been told how Stetson is a DGD who is fully capable of leading us to the promised land! /sarcasm

    This isn’t to crap on the Senator’s point or to knock the wonderful story that is SB’s 2021 season, but rather to again acknowledge JT’s upside vs SB’s upside.

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  4. Faltering Memory

    Wasn’t Cade not able to play? There’s the rub.

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  5. ASEF

    Tennessee looks competent, which, when you think about it, is a nice slap to Fulmer’s face. Phil cheated his way to a disaster of a team and had to resign in disgrace. Now being shown up by the UCF brain trust. Really wouldn’t have worked out any better if you can’t stand Tennessee or Fulmer.

    Tennessee as the most dangerous passing attack Georgia faces in the regular season: I wonder what odds you would have gotten in Vegas putting down that bet in August.

    Alabama’s erratic as hell, which isn’t really a surprise given how much turnover they had. They’re right there with Georgia and Ohio State when they’re not shooting themselves in the foot.

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    • Biggen

      My issue is we have heard the same [insert team] has the most dangerous passing attack Georgia faces in the regular season already haven’t we? I know we heard it for Auburn. And I thought we heard it from Arky. Now it’s coming from a UT team that has 60 scholarship players on it. Are we supposed to be afraid of their 1 or 2 quarter onslaught because that is about all the gas they have in the tank?

      I’d say UF has a better vertical game than UT and they sure as hell have more players at UF as well.

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      • ASEF

        I’m not suggesting Tennessee is a threat. Just noting that UT’s pass game turned out better than Clemson’s and better than Mullen’s. Which says more about this year’s Clemson and UF than UT.


  6. uga97

    Not sure UT vs Bama is worthy of much other than watching Young’s tape. Seems Apples & Oranges compared to who we are vs Heupel’s warp speed O.


    • miltondawg

      I for one watched UT game and they are scary if they can get some momentum and big breaks early. It wasn’t until early in the 4th quarter when Alabama scored to go up by a TD that the game turned. It felt like Bama put the final nail in when UT threw the pick six.

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  7. RangerRuss

    The previous seven games allowed the Dawgs to sort things out on the O and the D to gel and develop that mean streak. I’m expecting the next five games to be an efficient and enjoyable viewing experience culminating in a comfortable ass whooping of the West champion. There is nothing that FU, the vols or Bama can throw at the Dawgs that they haven’t prepared for. Pick your poison, bitches.

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  8. ASEF

    Alabama struggles to cover TEs and RBs in the passing game. Especially when the QB can get enough around the edge to make a LB hesitate a beat. Actually, “struggle” might be underselling it. They stink at it.

    If you were designing an offense to attack this Bama defense, it would look a lot like what Monken is assembling.

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  9. UT’s hectic pace caught the Bama secondary off guard several times. One TD in particular got a CB looking to the sidelines for a call as the receiver ran right past him.

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  10. 69Dawg

    I said it yesterday, UT’s offense is UT’s defense’s worst enemy. If they go 3 and out in less than a minute off the clock the Vol defense will be gassed by the 2nd quarter.

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  11. PTC DAWG

    I watched a good bit of the game, Bama looks beatable to me.

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  12. I see people already wringing hands over the UT game. There is nothing about any team left on the schedule that should worry anyone. Georgia isn’t losing unless we turn it over a lot.

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    • godawgs1701

      Not sure if there’s hand-wringing so much as there is surprise over how good they are. I expected them to be complete garbage and they’ve definitely risen above what they were under Pruitt.

      I am not worried about Tennessee, but I will say that I expect more of a challenge from the Vols than I do from the Gators.

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  13. minnesotadawg

    Odd game. Big plays kept UT close, but 3rd down conversions/failures was HUGE factor in determining outcome for both offenses.

    UT consistently (and surprisingly) limited Bama’s offense on 1st and 2nd downs, only to repeatedly give up 3rd and medium/long conversions time and again. That’s why Bama ran so many offensive plays. On the other side, UT had a lot of success on 1st down, but frequently failed on 2nd or 3rd and very short….having to punt after gaining 6-8 yards on 1st down. Complete inability to run on Bama’s D when that play call was predictable.

    Re UT game in Knoxville: Important to get early lead and limit big, momentum swinging plays. I expect them to throw it 50+ times against us.

    Re Bama: Their secondary is less disciplined and more susceptible than most Saban defenses. On defense, important to be disciplined and fundamentally sound when rushing, pursuing, tackling QB. Young looks a lot more comfortable improvising, eluding defenders, and throwing on the run than going through reads in the pocket.