TideNation links: Vols a true test

Alex Scarborough writes: Alabama has been able to avoid big tests of its passing defense in its 6-0 start. It won't be able to this week, as the Crimson Tide face Tyler Bray and the high-flying Tennessee offense.

Scarborough: Nick Saban said Monday afternoon that D-lineman LaMichael Fanning’s hit on Missouri RB Russell Hansbrough was excessive, and he had the player write the player and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel a letter of apology.

Greg Ostendorf writesInsider: Alabama versus Tennessee recruiting battles.

Scarborough: Alabama awards tracker.