Alabama Football First Look: Tennessee

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Alabama football hosts Tennessee on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Here is your first look at the Tennessee Volunteers.

Tennessee Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/02 Bowling Grn W 38-6 Home
09/11 Pittsburgh L 34-41 Home
09/18 TN Tech W 56-0 Home
09/25 Florida L 14-38 Away
10/02 Missouri W 62-24 Away
10/09 S Carolina W 45-20 Home
10/16 Mississippi L 26-31 Home
10/23 Alabama 7:00 pm Away
11/06 Kentucky 1:00 pm Away
11/13 Georgia 12:00 pm Home
11/20 S Alabama 12:00 pm Home
11/27 Vanderbilt 12:00 pm Home

Key Stats

Stat (per game) Tennessee Alabama
Points 39.3 45.0
Points Allowed 22.9 20.1
Total YDS 473.0 482.6
Pass YDS 223.9 316.1
Rush YDS 249.1 166.4
Total YDS Allowed 368.0 303.3
Pass YDS Allowed 232.0 210.1

Tennessee Injuries and Suspensions

[LB] 10/11/2021 – Juwan Mitchell is out for season (Shoulder)
[RB] 10/16/2021 – Tiyon Evans is “?” Saturday vs Alabama (Leg)
[WR] 10/16/2021 – Jimmy Holiday is “?” Saturday vs Alabama (Undisclosed)
[LB] 10/16/2021 – Bryson Eason is “?” Saturday vs Alabama (Undisclosed)
[TE] 10/16/2021 – LaTrell Bumphus is “?” Saturday vs Alabama (Undisclosed)
[WR] 10/16/2021 – Ramel Keyton is “?” Saturday vs Alabama (Undisclosed)


Challenges for Alabama

It’s been fun for the Tide to beat on the Vols over the past 14 seasons. A common problem for the Vols, especially over the past 5 or 6 seasons, is that they haven’t had an SEC caliber quarterback. It appears that has changed. Hendon Hooker transferred to Tennessee from Virginia Tech following the 2020 season. Hendon has been solid so far for the Vols. This season Hooker has completed 95 of 138 for 1,296 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception. The only drawback for UT is that this may be his only season with the Vols. I think Hooker is just as good as or better than Texas A&M’s Zach Calzada. We all know what Calzada did two weeks ago. Thankfully, for the Tide, this game is in Tuscaloosa. I think Alabama wins hands down but they need to be ready to face a solid quarterback that has the capability to beat them if the stars align correctly.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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