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Alabama instant analysis: Another blowout for Tide

If Saturday’s game was played by Madden rules, it would have been called about midway through the first quarter.

Alabama was up 21-0 less than seven minutes into the game, 42-14 at halftime and ended up beating Tennessee, 58-21.

It was another blowout for the Crimson Tide, another game that was never really in doubt after the first quarter and another game during which Tua Tagovailoa barely played during the second half.

Here are some takeaways:

More ridiculousness from Tua

Tagovailoa was out by the midpoint of the third quarter.

Still, it was another 300-yard passing day and another game with several touchdowns.

Tagovailoa’s final numbers: 19 of 29 for 306 yards with no interceptions and four touchdown passes, including a gorgeous 77-yard touchdown throw to Jaylen Waddle.

For the year, Tagovailoa is now at 25 touchdown passes with no interceptions.

O-line change

Deonte Brown got the start at left guard in place of Lester Cotton, who consistently graded out poorly during Alabama’s first seven games.

It seems like it was a good first start for Brown.

Alabama was averaging 5.9 yards per carry through three quarters — and Brown didn’t stick out for any bad reasons, which is always a good thing for an offensive lineman.

Running back usage

Josh Jacobs was the Tide’s lead running back Saturday, not the usual starter — Damien Harris.

Jacobs ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries during the first half.

Harris, meanwhile, only had three carries during the first half and didn’t take the field for the first time until midway through the first quarter.

Other notes

Alabama set a new scoring record against Tennessee. Its previous high for points against the Vols was 56 in 1986… Jerry Jeudy scored again for Alabama. It was the sophomore wide receiver’s 10th touchdown of the year. He is the first Crimson Tide player aside from Amari Cooper with double-digit receiving touchdowns in a season since 1950… Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis didn’t play during the first half, which was punishment for last week when he got caught punching a Missouri offensive lineman after a play.

Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.

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