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Bama is officially on a roll

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TUSCALOOSA, AL -

The emotions of the Crimson Tide fan base.

After Texas A&M, there was excitement.

After Colorado State, there was a little bit of doubt.

After Ole Miss, there was extra encouragement.

But Tide Quarterback AJ McCarron says Bama's matchup in week six might end up being the turning point for the 2013 season.

"I said this a couple of weeks back when we were playing Georgia State that I felt like we were starting to grow up and gel together," McCarron said. "(We were) starting to do the right things not only on the field but off the field. I think we've improved really each week since then."

"It's very satisfying," Tide defensive back Landon Collins said. "Our defense and offense coming to one as a whole. We play against each other constantly in practice, making each other better. Once we figured out what we needed to do and excel from that, we just take it onto the game field and do the same thing as we do in practice."

"It's definitely satisfying as an older player on this team, a leader, I've been here for five years, to see the younger guys buying in," McCarron said.

Alabama's defense will enter the Tennessee game ranked first in the nation in points allowed. They are giving up an average of 9.7 points per game. A key matchup to watch on Saturday will be Bama's secondary versus Tennessee's passing attack. The Vols rank thirteenth in the SEC in passing yards per game.

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