Tennessee figures to have its hands full this weekend in trying to move the ball against Alabama’s defense.
But when it comes to running the ball against the Crimson Tide, nobody has done it very successfully.
And that’s going back a ways.
Alabama has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 41 games, dating back to Oct. 3, 2007, when Ole Miss’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 131 yards. That’s the longest streak in the nation, and it’s not even close.
Boston College is now No. 2 on the list at 13 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
Ohio State had been second on that list, having not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games. But Wisconsin’s John Clay rushed for 104 yards in the Badgers’ 31-18 win over then-No. 1-ranked Ohio State this past Saturday.
Alabama was one of three teams that hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher this season and is the only team not to surrender a 100-yard rusher in 2008, 2009 or 2010. Over the past three seasons, the Crimson Tide have held 27 opponents to under 100 yards rushing.
Heading into the Tennessee game, Alabama is ranked 19th nationally in rushing defense, but has four SEC teams ranked ahead of it.
LSU is ranked sixth, South Carolina 14th, Auburn 15th and Georgia 16th.