Vanderbilt had been stout on defense — in fact was ranked No. 1 in the SEC — and steady on offense on its way to a 3-0 start that included a 14-7 win against Kansas State of the Big 12.
And there was much hype leading into Saturday’s clash with No. 1 Alabama about how many observers expected the Commodores to hang tough with the Tide even if they ultimately would succumb.
The Commodores hung with the Tide till shortly after kickoff.
It was all Alabama on Saturday in a 59-0 rout.
No doubt the Tide, who had a players-only meeting this week, saw some of the media speculation.
At halftime — a 31-0 Bama lead — Vanderbilt had 44 yards on 23 plays.
Meanwhile, the Tide piled up big yards with running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough and QB Jalen Hurts.
Through three quarters, the Tide led 52-0 and had outgained Vanderbilt 584 to 72.