Tennessee Volunteers @ Alabama Crimson Tide: Game Prediction

Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Prentiss Waggner (23) breaks up a pass intended for Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

On October 26th, Butch Jones will take his Tennessee Volunteers down to Tuscaloosa to take on their hated rivals, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Tennessee’s last victory in Tuscaloosa was the 2003 five overtime thriller, which they won 51-43. The last three contests have turned out to be blowouts in favor of Alabama. The Tide have outscored the Vols 204-65 over their six game winning streak in the series.

Over the past five seasons, Alabama has put 33 players into the NFL via the draft. Even though they have lost so much talent to the NFL, they always seem to just reload without much of a hiccup. Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, and Eddie Lacy have given way to T.J. Yeldon at running back.

Along with QB A.J. McCarron, Yeldon is a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. Amari Cooper will provide McCarron with a big play wide receiver.

The defense boasts stud linebackers C.J. Mosely and Adrian Hubbard, All-American candidate safety HaHa Clinton-Dix in the backfield, and a very solid defensive line. The defending 2-time National Champions are many analysts’ favorite to make it a three-peat for Nick Saban.

The Vols, coming off potential — and likely losses — to Georgia and South Carolina, will need to play their best game of the season in order to just compete with Alabama.

Most people will agree that Butch Jones has the UT program headed in the right direction, and a moral victory might be all the Big Orange fan base can hope for in this matchup.

I expect the Crimson Tide to win, and win big in Tuscaloosa, dropping the Volunteers to 3-5 on the season.  Good news could be on the horizon for the Vols, as the November schedule looms and winnable games are upcoming.

Topics: Football, Tennessee Volunteers

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  • Craig Kincaid

    Where not going to lose to Georgia or South Caroline so stick that in you hat
    GBO

  • JD Moses

    Good grief can anyone give a team with the best offensive line in the nation some respect. Tennessee will be at worst 5-2 going into this game. They forget if not for the illegal block by mount cody in 2010 UT beats Bama in Dools 1st yr.

    UT 24 Bama 13 in an upset!