Maybe it won’t hurt Tennessee to lose their swagger for a short period.
So what if fingers are pointed and tough questions asked after that flimsy, B-grade effort in against Alabama – so they should be.
And the Vols and Dooley must have the humility to accept some criticism.
It took just two hot performances in Georgia and Mississippi State for some of their adoring flock to pound their pulpits and declare that Tennessee was back on top as a national power. They may feel a trifle embarrassed now.
If such lofty statements were kosher there is no way the Vols would have plodded their way to their pedestrian 44-13 loss against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.
Fair’s fair, the Alabama team was all right; their defense was committed and they refused to tremble with awe against a team that had morally won its last 13 contests against ranked teams.
Maybe the Vols were over-confident. Although they squeezed out all the appropriate pre-game quotes and had everything to play for, they blew it.
Bama tackled like lions and refused to grovel to their more illustrious opponents.
Suddenly the Vols weren’t so commanding; with the ball slippery from the sweat that poured out of Tyler Bray, the Crimson Tide adding a physical edge to the tackles, and it all began to unravel.
Playmaker Justin Hunter was quiet by his lofty standards and the referees ignored Cordarelle Patterson’s pleas on being held and interference throughout the contest.
Tennessee and Dooley still have another record to try to better. Top 20 South Carolina is next.
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- This Bama team will be facing some significant challenges. (loserswithsocks.com)
- Dooley passes job interview (loserswithsocks.com)
- Technically, nobody really maintains records for moral victories. (loserswithsocks.com)