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Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24
|Close %||94.1%||STANDARD DOWNS|
|Field Position %||36.7%||43.8%||Success Rate||32.4%||59.2%|
|Close Success Rate||32.4%||51.4%||Success Rate||32.4%||34.8%|
|Close Success Rate||30.8%||58.3%||Turnover Pts||14.2||19.4|
|Close PPP||0.50||0.74||Turnover Pts Margin||+5.2||-5.2|
|Line Yards/carry||3.33||3.79||Q1 S&P||0.927||1.043|
|Close Success Rate||33.3%||44.4%|
|Close PPP||0.45||0.52||1st Down S&P||0.789||1.224|
|Close S&P||0.786||0.967||2nd Down S&P||0.706||1.169|
|SD/PD Sack Rate||5.3% / 0.0%||5.0% / 0.0%||3rd Down S&P||0.886||0.711|
|Projected Pt. Margin: Tennessee +4.7 | Actual Pt. Margin: Tennessee +7|
This was a fall-asleep-at-the-wheel game for Tennessee. The Vols handled their business, put it on cruise control, and lost the plot completely. The lead was 31-7 with 24 minutes left and 31-24 with two minutes left and USA driving. Tennessee's last six drives: 23 plays, 68 yards, one turnover, one missed field goal, zero points.
A lot of what the Vols are doing kind of follows the general "young and dumb" narrative. There's athleticism here, and you see a decent amount of successful aggression in the turnovers the defense is forcing. And the offensive line is solid. But it's going to be kind of a "two steps forward, 1.9 back" season, if that wasn't already obvious.