Unselfish play on the perimeter aided Alabama romp

Alabama's offensive line protects quarterback Jalen Hurts as he looks for an open receiver during Saturday's 49-10 win against Tennessee in Knoxville.
photo Tennessee's Derek Barnett (9) misses a tackle on Alabama's ArDarius Stewart (13). The top-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide visited the University of Tennessee Volunteers in SEC football action on October 15, 2016

No. 1 and rising

Top-ranked Alabama received a season-high 60 of 61 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday, and the Crimson Tide’s reward is a second straight top-10 matchup featuring Southeastern Conference teams. Tennessee dropped nine spots in the poll after being demolished by the Tide, and now Alabama (7-0, 4-0) prepares to host sixth-ranked Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) with sole possession of first place in the SEC West at stake.