Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nick Saban declares resurgent Tennessee "a very good football team."

Nick Saban with acolyte A.J. McCarron.

Tennessee has yet to beat Alabama since Nick Saban came to Tuscaloosa to coach the Crimson Tide. The Volunteer football program has been a disaster during the Saban era, and is now going through its third coach since Phillip Fulmer was fired in 2008.

Still, the Vols are 4-3 under first-year head coach Butch Jones, and are coming off an upset win over South Carolina. It's enough for Nick Saban to take notice.

"Right now, Tennessee is emerging as a very good football team," Saban said at his weekly news gathering. "In their last two games, they've had an opportunity to beat Georgia and beat South Carolina last week. I think Butch Jones has done an outstanding job there. When a team improves like they've improved, it's always the sign of good coaching."

While the Tennessee may not be as serious a threat to smash 'Bama's hopes for a third consecutive BCS title as its next opponent, LSU may be, the Vols are certainly on the level of a resurgent Auburn team to give the Crimson Tide a serious challenge.

(via The Chattanooga Times-Free Press)

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