Vols see more improvement for possible bowl run

Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. (41) celebrates with defensive backs Trevon Flowers (25) and Nigel Warrior (18) after intercepting pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee's biggest stretch of football games is about to begin.

The Volunteers (2-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a 35-13 loss to top-ranked Alabama last Saturday in Tuscaloosa, but they were able to gain some confidence with their performance.

For much of the game, the visiting Vols held strong against a program that now has beat them 13 consecutive times - most in lopsided fashion - with a strong defense and a solid rushing attack.

For the first time since 2015, Tennessee rushed for more than 100 yards against the Crimson Tide. The 114 yards last Saturday were only 13 fewer than the Vols had in the three previous meetings combined. And on the other side of the ball they had six tackles for loss, which was the most since 2016.