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The “Third Saturday in October” is a little late this year. This year’s match-up will be between 2-2 Tennessee and 4-0 Alabama. It kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Tennessee is coming off a disappointing loss against Kentucky, while the Crimson Tide dispatched Top-5 Georgia. Alabama currently rides a 13-game winning streak against the Vols and is 56-38-7 all-time vs Tennessee.
To give fans a better understanding of what the Vols will look like against the Crimson Tide, we talked to Ultimate Sports Radio Network account manager and Tennessee fan, Seth Eaves (@sportsjunkie94), on what he sees with this Saturday’s match-up.
Who should Alabama look out for on offense and defense?
On offense, wtch out for left tackle Trey Smith and running back Eric Gray. If Gray finds a hole, watch out. He has pretty good speed and has been one of the few offensive bright spots. Smith and the o-line are key to any success. They’re talented but they have to play like it.
Defensive player to watch is Henry To’o To’o, a star linebacker that flies to the football. Great football instinct and rarely takes plays off.
Many Alabama fans think the Tide has a good chance to blow out the Vols. How do Tennessee fans feel?
I think there’s apathy after the Kentucky loss. Some fans have resigned themselves to another lost season. The QB situation is an obvious point of conversation in Knoxville. Most fans know that, once again, it won’t be pretty.
Tennessee is coming off a loss to Kentucky. How does offense respond after only having 287 yards and 2 INTs?
It depends on the quarterback play. Jarrett Guarantano or whoever starts needs to take care of the ball. I think the offense will a few decent plays here – this isn’t your normal Alabama defense – but Tennessee’s offense isn’t explosive at all.
What does Tennessee need to do in order to win this game?
Play mistake-free football, control the clock. Force turnovers. Do those things and maybe, just maybe, Tennessee has a chance in the 4th.
What is your score prediction and why?
Alabama 41, Tennessee 20.
I think both teams showed last week what they really are. Alabama is still the big bully and Tennessee is still average. It’s more of the same in a series that’s been clad in Crimson for nearly a decade and a half. Can’t see it changing.