By Tony Carter
The third week in October is always a special week for the coaches, players and the fans of Alabama and Tennessee—two universities rich in tradition—and it is still special even when the game is played on the fourth Saturday. The series has produced some great games over the years including the 2009 game that ended on the blocked field goal by Alabama’s Terrance Cody. This will be the 94th meeting dating back to 1901 between the two teams. Alabama has a 47-38-7 record and has won the last four meetings.
Following a 38-7 loss to the #1 ranked LSU Tigers in which LSU rushed for 260 yards and dominated time of possession at a staggering 2:1 ratio; Tennessee travels to Bryant-Denny Stadium to face more of the same.
Stingy defenses, effective running games and physical interior line play have been pillars for success in the SEC for decades. This season Tennessee is managing 2.7 ypc (yards per carry) while allowing 4.5 ypc to opponents.
Conversely, Alabama is gaining 6.1 ypc and giving up only 1.4 ypc.
So, is this game a foregone conclusion?
The method of operation for Alabama in every game this year (regardless of opponent) has been to dominate line of scrimmage and force teams to sell out vs the run (which hasn’t helped at all).
Expect Alabama backs to get plenty of work. On tape and on paper, the University of Tennessee doesn’t have a chance, but rivalry games tend to be a bit better and closer than expected.
But not this year.
Prediction: Alabama 38 Tennessee 7
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