Vols vs Alabama Crimson Tide Game Preview


Oct 26, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon (4) dives to the 1-yard-line against Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Brian Randolph (37) during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Vols will play host to Alabama on October 25th.  For UT, an optimistic view would have them at 4-3 heading into the rivalry game against the Crimson Tide.  The Tide are hoping to be 7-0 at this point, but there are a few obstacles they must get past in order for that to happen.

Alabama will have plenty of star power on the offensive side of the ball.  Junior RB T.J. Yeldon is a Heisman candidate and Sophomore RB Derrick Henry has tons of hype surrounding him.  Junior WR Amari Cooper is possibly the best WR in the SEC…if not the country.  While they are having to replace A.J. McCarron at the QB position, hopes are high in Tuscaloosa for Florida State transfer Jacob Coker.

On defense, the Tide will rely on their front 7 to anchor them.  JUCO transfers Jarran Reed and DJ Pettway, along with 5* DE Da’Shawn Hand will be big contributors on the DL, while Trey DePriest will have to replace C.J. Mosley’s production for the LB corps.

Tennessee is looking to end a 7 game losing streak against Alabama, but that will be a very tall task.  Ever since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, they have been perennial National Championship contenders.  That probably won’t change this season or anytime soon.  While UT is on the right track and will eventually be able to compete year-in and year-out with Alabama, this will not be the year to count on a victory.  Prediction: Alabama will have hit their stride by this time in the season and their elite talent and depth will prove to be too much.  Alabama 37-UT 10.  The Vols will fall to 4-4 and will hope to avoid a 3-game losing streak when they travel to South Carolina on November 1st.