Crimson Tide Expected to Roll Over Vols

John Kelly Vols Running Back
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It’s finally time for the “Third Saturday in October,” and the University of Alabama is looking to make it 11 straight victories against the Tennessee Volunteers, making it the longest streak in the rivalries long history.

Odds Not in Vols Favor

Tennessee will go into Bryant-Denny Stadium as 36-point underdogs, the largest point deficit in the school’s history, and for very good reason.

The Crimson Tide have looked impeccable on both sides of the ball all season, especially on defense. Tennessee has struggled to get the ball in the end zone, failing to do so in the last 10 quarters of play.

Players to Watch

Tennessee
John Kelly Vols
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John Kelly – While the freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will be making only his second start, it’s the running back John Kelly that people need to pay attention to on the Tennessee offense.

He’s the best player on the team. Kelly leads Tennessee in all major statistics (rushing yards, receiving yards, touchdowns) and he’s the guy Alabama will be keying on every single play.

Kelly is the only hope for Tennessee to finally break its scoring drought.

Vols Trevor Daniel
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Trevor Daniel – If the Vols want any chance at all of doing the impossible, they have to win the field position battle.

Daniel is one of the best punters in the SEC, and he will need to pin Alabama deep as best he can.

Alabama
Alabama Quarterback Jalen Hurts
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Jalen Hurts – This is a young quarterback that shows a ton of maturity and poise while he’s on the field. Hurts is flying under the radar as one of the best quarterbacks in the country.

He poses a serious threat against Tennessee because he can work the ground game better than he can throw. The Volunteer defense is going to have to play almost a perfect game to slow down Hurts and the Crimson Tide offense.

Alabama Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick
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Minkah Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick is arguably the best safety in the country. He could very well be the best defensive player in the country. Guarantano is going to have a tough time throwing the ball knowing a lurking Fitzpatrick is waiting for him to make a mistake.

Prediction

While Tennessee has played well in Tuscaloosa their last two trips there, this time will be different. Don’t be surprised if Alabama covers at -36.5. The Crimson Tide put this game away in the first half and win 41-3.


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My name is Taylor Hodges, and I live in Montgomery, Alabama, where I am the assistant sports information director at Faulkner University. I am a lifelong Tennessee Vols and Indianapolis Colts fan, and I am a lover of all things sports. I love writing about sports, and I hope to continue to do so as a career for as long as possible.