COLLEGE STATION, TX- Tennessee suffered its first loss of the season Saturday in heartbreaking fashion, falling to Texas A&M 45-38 in double overtime. It was a frustrating day for the Vols, but they have to put that game behind them quickly with the number one ranked team in country heading to Neyland this weekend..
The Vols will host 6-0 Alabama, who is currently riding an 18 game winning streak. It’s the first time since 2005 the Vols and Crimson Tide will be meeting as ranked opponents.
Fans either love or hate the Tide, there is no inbetween, a reputation Alabama has earned over the years with a dominant program..
But Tennessee head coach Butch Jones sees some similarities between the two. The Vols are viewed as SEC East favorites and have made themselves an opponent that teams across the country respect and will bring their ‘A’ game against week in and week out.
“A lot of respect for coach Saban,” said Jones. “A lot of respect for what’s going on there. They’re disciplined, they bring it every game and their program, every game is important because everywhere they go, they’re Alabama…We’ve created a reputation for ourselves now and everyone respects Tennessee, and our football program, and our players and that’s a great responsibility to play your best week in and week out. Not everyone can do that. It takes its toll on you from a mental fatigue standpoint with all that and Alabama does it the best of anyone I’ve ever seen.”