SEC Football Preview: Tennessee at Alabama

Tennessee-Alabama game preview

Tennessee faces Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Tennessee

Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Virginia* W 49 – 13
9-Sep vs. Austin Peay W 30 – 13
16-Sep at Florida L 16 – 29
23-Sep vs. UTSA W 45 – 14
30-Sep vs. South Carolina W 41 – 20
14-Oct vs. Texas A&M W 20 – 13
21-Oct at Alabama
28-Oct at Kentucky
4-Nov vs. Connecticut
11-Nov at Missouri
18-Nov vs. Georgia
25-Nov vs. Vanderbilt

Alabama

Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Middle Tennessee W 56 – 7
9-Sep vs. Texas L 24 – 34
16-Sep at South Florida W 17 – 3
23-Sep vs. Ole Miss W 24 – 10
30-Sep at Mississippi State W 40 – 17
7-Oct at Texas A&M W 26 – 20
14-Oct vs. Arkansas W 24 – 21
21-Oct vs. Tennessee
4-Nov vs. LSU
11-Nov at Kentucky
18-Nov vs. Chattanooga
25-Nov at Auburn

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Tennessee Alabama
ESPN FPI 16 7
Sagarin 16 7
Massey Composite 13 5
PiRate Ratings 12 9

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Alabama
Tennessee
38
50
4
6
0.441
0.422
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Alabama
22
28
4
5
0.323
0.330
4th Down Conversion Pct Alabama
Tennessee
64
118
4
12
0.500
0.300
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Tennessee
Alabama
10
37
2
5
0.294
0.412
Blocked Kicks Tennessee
Alabama
3
6
1
2
3
2
Blocked Kicks Allowed Alabama
Tennessee
1
1
1
1
0
0
Blocked Punts Alabama
Tennessee
6
6
2
2
1
1
Blocked Punts Allowed Alabama
Tennessee
1
1
1
1
0
0
Completion Percentage Alabama
Tennessee
68
70
10
11
0.611
0.610
Defensive TDs Alabama
Tennessee
28
28
4
4
1
1
Fewest Penalties Alabama
Tennessee
103
103
9
9
48
48
Fewest Penalties Per Game Alabama
Tennessee
99
119
8
14
6.86
8.00
Fewest Penalty Yards Alabama
Tennessee
89
105
8
13
388
415
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Alabama
Tennessee
78
118
8
14
55.43
69.17
First Downs Defense Tennessee
Alabama
10
34
1
6
97
111
First Downs Offense Alabama
Tennessee
73
75
8
9
129
128
Fumbles Lost Alabama
Tennessee
21
43
3
6
2
3
Fumbles Recovered Alabama
Tennessee
91
91
7
7
2
2
Kickoff Return Defense Alabama
Tennessee
37
89
4
10
17.21
21.33
Kickoff Returns Alabama
Tennessee
27
51
4
8
24.00
21.29
Net Punting Alabama
Tennessee
14
62
4
10
42.54
39.12
Passes Had Intercepted Tennessee
Alabama
29
29
4
4
4
4
Passes Intercepted Alabama
Tennessee
29
47
3
7
7
6
Passing Offense Alabama
Tennessee
82
88
10
11
219.4
212.5
Passing Yards Allowed Alabama
Tennessee
23
29
3
5
187.1
197.8
Passing Yards per Completion Alabama
Tennessee
6
92
1
12
15.52
11.18
Punt Return Defense Tennessee
Alabama
22
101
2
12
2.50
12.17
Punt Returns Tennessee
Alabama
7
86
1
14
19.00
6.00
Red Zone Defense Alabama
Tennessee
43
58
1
5
0.789
0.824
Red Zone Offense Alabama
Tennessee
12
75
3
11
0.952
0.828
Rushing Defense Alabama
Tennessee
18
20
3
5
104.4
105.2
Rushing Offense Tennessee
Alabama
6
71
1
8
230.3
148.4
Sacks Allowed Tennessee
Alabama
33
126
2
14
1.50
4.43
Scoring Defense Alabama
Tennessee
12
18
2
3
16.0
17.0
Scoring Offense Tennessee
Alabama
40
57
5
9
32.3
30.1
Tackles for Loss Allowed Tennessee
Alabama
11
110
2
12
3.83
7.14
Team Passing Efficiency Alabama
Tennessee
28
78
7
12
158.22
131.60
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Tennessee
Alabama
24
25
2
3
115.45
116.64
Team Sacks Tennessee
Alabama
3
4
2
3
4.00
3.71
Team Tackles for Loss Tennessee
Alabama
3
21
2
4
8.7
7.1
Time of Possession Alabama
Tennessee
71
129
6
14
29:57
25:21
Total Defense Alabama
Tennessee
15
17
3
4
291.6
303.0
Total Offense Tennessee
Alabama
33
86
5
10
442.8
367.9
Turnover Margin Alabama
Tennessee
32
49
4
6
0.43
0.17
Turnovers Gained Alabama
Tennessee
61
77
5
8
9
8
Turnovers Lost Alabama
Tennessee
22
35
3
6
6
7
Winning Percentage Alabama
Tennessee
11
20
2
4
0.857
0.833

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tennessee

QB Joe Milton, RB Jabari Small, WR Bru McCoy, OL Cooper Mays, DT Omari Thomas, LB Aaron Beasley, CB Doneiko Slaughter, K Charles Campbell, P Jackson Ross.

Alabama

QB Jalen Milroe, RB Jase McClellan, WR Ja’Corey Brooks, WR Jermaine Burton, OL Tyler Booker, OL JC Latham, OL Amarius Mims, DT Jaheim Oatis, Justin Eboigbe, LB Deontae Lawson, LB Dallas Turner, CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, S Malachi Moore, K Will Reichard.

INJURIES

Tennessee


Player POS Status
A. Karic OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed
D. Bishop RB Late Oct – Ankle
C. Charles DB Out indefinitely – Ankle
B. McCoy WR out for season – Ankle
K. Garland LB out for season – Undisclosed
K. Pili LB Out indefinitely – Upper Body

Alabama


Player POS Status
M. Moore DB Ques Sat – Ankle
C. Dippre TE Ques Sat – Leg

Source: Covers.com

Tennessee vs. Alabama Football Series History

Alabama leads 58-39-7

COMMENTS

Tennessee won the game in Knoxville last season in a thriller. I don’t think history will repeat itself. Alabama is better defensively and they’ll be out for revenge and playing at home. However, they’d better not overlook the Vols.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 10, Alabama 34

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Alabama 37, Tennessee 26

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the CBS Network.

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