Every Thursday we bring you more information than you would ever need to know about the upcoming game, and of course, this week is no different as the Third Saturday in October is almost among us.
Another One Bites the Dust: Last week, Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley was one of only five kickers in the country that had yet to miss a kick. He is now one of four. Jeff Budzien of Northwestern leads those four kickers with 59 points, ahead of Shelley with 51. Nate Freese of Boston College and Nick Sloan of Navy also make the list.
Better than Nothing: Alabama is currently on a 148-game streak in which it has not been shut out, the longest such streak in program history.
Tide Takes October: Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama is 18-1 in October and has a scoring deficit of 572-241 in October games. Alabama is 5-1 against ranked opponents in October under Saban.
50/50 Chance of Nothing: The Alabama defense has the highest percentage of three-and-outs of any defense in the country, with 50 percent of drives ending that way (36-of-72).
Quick and Easy: Eddie Lacy’s 73-yard touchdown just 45 seconds into the Missouri game was the third time Alabama has scored in the first two minutes of a game this season. It was the fastest Alabama had scored since Terry Grant ran in a touchdown in the 2007 season opener against Western Carolina just 22 seconds into the game.
History Made: The following benchmarks were last reached in game where Alabama was playing against Tennessee:
100 yards receiving for Alabama player: Marquis Maze notched 106 against Tennessee last year.
200 yards receiving for Alabama player: Julio Jones had 221 against Tennessee in 2010.
An opponent scored 50 on Alabama: Tennessee put 51 on the board against the Tide in 2003.
Alabama forced six turnovers: Tennessee gave the ball away six times against Alabama in 2002.
Recovered an onside kick: Alabama last fell on an onside kick in the 2007 edition of the Third Saturday in October.
From Enemy Territory: Alabama has had success recruiting in Tennessee as of late. Dont’a Hightower hails from the state of Tennessee, as do current center Barrett Jones, tight end Harrison Jones and long snapper Carson Tinker. Tennessee’s backup strongside linebacker, Willie Bohannon, hails from Mobile, Ala.
Offensive Explosion: The Tennessee offense has more total yards through six games (2,894) than any other year in school history. It is also third in points behind the 1990 and 1993 Volunteer teams.
Historic Company: Tyler Bray is beginning to have an impact on the Tennessee record books. He is currently fourth in career passing touchdowns, behind Casey Clausen, Erik Ainge and Peyton Manning. He is also sixth in career passing yards, behind the aforementioned three in addition to Andy Kelly and Jeff Francis.
More than a Blocker: Tennessee starting fullback Ben Bartholomew has proven to be a threat similar to the one Alabama fans enjoyed with Le’Ron McClain. Bartholomew scored a touchdown against Mississippi State on a 10-yard catch and has tallied six catches so far this year.
Frown after Shutdown: Tennessee is 2-9 when held to less than 300 yards of total offense. Alabama has not given up that amount all season long and has only given up more than 250 once this season, in the debut against Michigan.
Before we wrap this post up, I’d like to thank the Sports Information Department at the University of Alabama and Tennessee for putting together all of this information. However, one thing they omitted is how to find this obscure television channel the game is being televised on. Kind of reminds me of a different channel, but not quite the same……