Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts seems to be hitting his stride right as SEC play begins for the Crimson Tide.

The sophomore leads his team in both passing (472 yards, 4 TD) and rushing (312 yards, 3 TD) through three games, and now he'll face the conference's best defense in Vanderbilt. After the Commodores win over No. 18 Kansas State on Saturday, one Vandy player called Alabama out, but you get any bulletin board material back from Hurts.

"Theoretically, we are next on their schedule, and we have to prepare," Hurts said. "And we have to get ready to play a good Vanderbilt team."

One key to Alabama's success so far this season has been turnover margin. The defensive has forced six while the offense has yet to give one up.

"I think we emphasize the ball here. Defensively, get the ball - the ball, the ball, the ball - you know, strip it out. Offense, you want to protect the ball. I think that's something that we've done a good this far."

And that's been particularly impressive from Hurts, who hasn't thrown an interception in six consecutive games.

"Every game you play, you learn something and you try and fix it and move on. I'm always trying to move in the right direction, for sure."