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Study Hall: Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24

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Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24

USA Tennessee USA Tennessee
Close % 94.1% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 36.7% 43.8% Success Rate 32.4% 59.2%
Leverage % 52.1% 68.1% PPP 0.52 0.69
S&P 0.843 1.284
TOTAL
EqPts 35.4 45.3 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 32.4% 51.4% Success Rate 32.4% 34.8%
Close PPP 0.47 0.63 PPP 0.41 0.49
Close S&P 0.792 1.143 S&P 0.737 0.843
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 13.5 26.5 Number 3 3
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
Close S&P 0.803 1.319
Line Yards/carry 3.33 3.79 Q1 S&P 0.927 1.043
Q2 S&P 0.211 1.522
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.876 0.901
EqPts 21.9 18.8 Q4 S&P 0.854 0.691
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.