(1) Alabama Crimson Tide at (12) Tennessee Volunteers
Alabama: It seems as if we say the same things about them by the week. They’re so dominant, this is the best team in the country and they will remain unbeaten until the playoffs approach and right now it’s looking that way. Normally, they’ve been a team that controls the clock and plays great defense. The offense this year has really surprised me but I’ve also been impressed because they normally don’t dominate games offensively and Jalen Hurts has come in and really ignited a spark as the quarterback and their defense is still ranked first in the country in total defense. After their battle with Arkansas, they remain on the road to face a Tennessee team that’s hungry for this opportunity to knock off the top team in the country.
Tennessee: We’ve seen what they’ve done this year. I’ve referred to them as the comeback kids and here’s why. They were down 14 to Virginia Tech at one point in week two and came back, they were down to Florida by double digits and took over and came back to win that, how could we forget what happened in Athens when Georgia throws a Hail Mary then the Vols respond with one to win the game and last week, they fought back in College Station but fell short. Butch Jones has a team of fighters that play from the first whistle to the last whistle. I love their offense and how they want to attack defenses down the field and it starts with Joshua Dobbs. The quarterback can beat you from the pocket with his arm and break out into the open field with his legs. He’s had a good year but needs to be more consistent and take care of the ball. He’s thrown a pick in every game this year and needs to take better care of the football.
Alabama Player To Watch– Tim Williams: He’ll be counted on to do a lot in this game especially starting with making sure that Dobbs doesn’t extend the play with his feet. He’ll have to be that spy in the middle of the field and he’ll also be a key factor in stopping running back Alvin Kamara who had a big day last week against Texas A&M.
Tennessee Player To Watch– Joshua Dobbs: It starts with him and it will end with him. As I said up top in the preview, he must take better care of the football and I’d also study the Bama game when they played Ole Miss. Chad Kelly threw for over 400 yards and torched up that Tide secondary. He just has to play within himself.
Prediction: Nick Saban knows this will be the toughest offense that he’s seen all season long and his defense will have to really play their best and prevent the big play from getting down the field. Tennessee is looking to bounce back after that heartbreaking loss and what’s a better way to get back in the win column than beating the top-ranked team in the nation? I’m taking Bama on the road once again. Alabama 41 Tennessee 31