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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, 41-24. Alabama currently rides a 13-game winning streak against the Volunteers and is 56-38-7 all-time vs. Tennessee.
Fortunately here at Fifth Quarter, we have a slew of talented writers that know the team they cover inside and out. To give fans a better understanding of what the Crimson Tide will look like against the Vols, we talked to FQ’s Alabama account manager, Christian Sykes, on what he sees with this Saturday’s match-up.
WHO SHOULD TENNESSEE BE LOOKING OUT FOR ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE?
On offense, the biggest thing Tennessee should be looking out for is third wide receiver, John Metchie. Most Alabama fans would say Mac Jones, Najee Harris, Devonta Smith, or Jaylen Waddle but, Metchie is what truly makes the offense indefensible. Having that third wide receiver threat really opens up the offense.
On defense the biggest player to watch out for is freshman outside linebacker Will Anderson. He leads the SEC in quarterback pressures and is the most dynamic pass rusher on the team.
MANY TENNESSEE FANS THINK THE Vols have a chance against the Tide. HOW ARE Alabama FANS FEELING?
Most Alabama fans are fairly confident after the massive win over Georgia last week. The offense looks unstoppable and the defense really looks improved compared to the previous game against Ole Miss.
What does Alabama need to do in order to win this game?
Alabama will need to come out with the same intensity that it had on defense in the second half of the game last week versus Georgia. On offense, more of just continuing to do what they have been doing all season.
After seeing an Alabama kicker make a 52-yard field goal, what was your first thoughts?
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My thoughts are mostly summed up in this GIF. When he first lined up, I didn’t think it was a good idea. We have heard reports out of camp that he had been nailing some deep kicks with consistency, but that’s the first we have seen it. Hopefully, he can continue the success he has had this season.
What is your score prediction and why?
My score prediction is Alabama 45, Tennessee 21. I don’t think Tennessee has enough on defense to stop Alabama’s high-powered offense and on defense, I expect Alabama to continue to improve.