Article Comment 

Tennessee-Alabama preview capsule

 

By The Associated Press

 

Tennessee (4-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0), 2:30 p.m. (WCBI) 

 

Line: Alabama by 28 1/2. 

 

Series record: Alabama leads 49-38-7. 

 

WHAT'S AT STAKE 

 

This is Alabama's last game before a showdown with No. 13 LSU in two weeks. Tennessee is fresh from a major upset of No. 20 South Carolina, but a win over the rival Crimson Tide would make a much bigger statement for Butch Jones' team. 

 

KEY MATCHUP 

 

Alabama's defensive front against Tennessee's offensive line. Led by nose guard Brandon Ivory and linebacker C.J. Mosley, the Tide barely budges against opposing running games, allowing 98.3 yards per game. Tackles Antonio Richardson and Ja'Wuan James lead Tennessee's formidable group of blockers, who have allowed eight sacks while paving the way for Rajion Neal and the running game. 

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH 

 

Tennessee: QB Justin Worley. Worley is coming off solid performances against Georgia and South Carolina and wasn't intercepted in either game. He'll have to deal with a pass rush led by freshman A'Shawn Robinson and get something going in the passing game, perhaps with emerging freshman WR Marquez North. 

 

Alabama: S Landon Collins. The sophomore moved to free safety to fill in during Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's suspension. Now, he's back at his normal position with the season-ending knee injury to starting strong safety Vinnie Sunseri. Collins, the team's No. 3 tackler, was one of the Tide's top recruits two years ago and has been a wrecking ball on special teams. 

 

FACTS & FIGURES 

 

Alabama has won the last six meetings in this traditional rivalry by an average margin of 34.0-10.8.Tennessee has scored 17 or fewer points in the last nine meetings. ... The Vols snapped a 19-game losing streak to ranked teams with the victory over the Gamecocks on Michael Palardy's last-play, 19-yard field goal. ... AJ McCarron, who is 32-2 as a starting quarterback, could move into a second-place tie on the school's all-time wins list with Jeff Rutledge. Jay Barker (35-2-1) holds the Alabama victory mark among quarterbacks. ... Tennessee has a winning record through seven games for the first time since 2007, also a 4-3 start. 

 

 

 

printer friendly version | back to top

 

 

 

Blogs

 

MSU Sports Blog

 

Rob Hardy on Books

 

High School Sports Blog

 

Want to blog on cdispatch.com?

 

 

 

Follow Us:

Follow Us on Facebook

Follow Us on Twitter

Follow Us via Instagram

Follow Us via Email