Because of last year's performance, Majors had counted on the defense to carry Tennessee until his green offense could get untracked. It hasn't quite worked out that way. While sophomore quarterback Jeff Francis has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of the Vols' last two games, the defense couldn't stop its own nose from running. Alabama opened Saturday's game with a double tight-end formation just to see if Tennessee's rushing vulnerability was for real. "It's the type of formation you try, and if it doesn't work, you go back to your basic offense," says Alabama offensive coordinator George Henshaw. "We used it on our first series [a 74-yard scoring march] and stayed with it."
"It's frustrating," says linebacker Kelly Ziegler. "We have good players, good coaches. We have a good scheme. Somewhere in there we're not getting it done." Tennessee hasn't fallen into place this year. It has just fallen.