Jeremy Pruitt made the decision to start Jarrett Guarantano against Alabama, and Tennessee Football’s offense looked a little better.
Tennessee football took its third loss in a row on Saturday. The Vols fell to Alabama 48-17. Before kickoff, Jeremy Pruitt announced that Jarrett Guarantano would be Tennessee’s starting quarterback, and that sent VolTwitter into a frenzy as many, including myself, already had a feeling that Tennessee didn’t have much of a chance, if any, to beat Alabama with JG at quarterback.
Although JG was running the offense, Tennessee looked a bit better on the offensive side of the football. After only scoring seven points against Kentucky, Tennessee already had ten points in the first half against Alabama.
Tennessee’s defense came out ready to play once again. This has been a common occurrence for the Vols as the defense has been the leader on the football team, especially early in the game. The defense was able to shut down Alabama’s offense on the first drive and force Alabama to punt.
Not surprisingly, the Vols offense didn’t respond as they punted the ball right back to Alabama. After Alabama’s opening drive punt, the Tide only punted the ball one more time.
The offense didn’t help too much, but there were some improvements compared to the second half of the Georgia game and the Kentucky game.
Guarantano didn’t throw an interception or turn the ball over, so that’s a positive to take out of Saturday’s game. JG threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense didn’t play a great game, but I can’t say I’m too surprised knowing that the offense wouldn’t be able to compete with Alabama. The defensive backs struggled covering Alabama’s receivers and often left someone open and made Alabama quarterback Mac Jones’ job much easier.
Tennessee will have a much-needed BYE week coming off of three state losses. After that, they’ll look to finish the season on a positive note and will go on the road to face Arkansas to start the second half of the season.