Time: 3:30 p.m.
Odds: Alabama opened as a 9-point favorite. The line then moved up to 13.5/14 points in most locations. Info via OddsShark.
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Alabama Crimson Tide will battle it out on Saturday in the Rocky Top state. Will the Vols come out with a great start or will the usual slow start rear its head yet again?
That cannot happen playing against the top team in the nation.
Here are the three things to keep in mind for this shootout:
Tennessee has to get off to a GREAT start...
...And they can if Joshua Dobbs can keep the ball away from the Alabama secondary. He's clearly not afraid to pass into traffic and get it to the right receiver. He can get a little reckless, as he’s thrown nine interceptions this season, but if he can attack the Crimson Tide secondary early, he can lead his team to victory.
Alabama QB Jalen Hurts
The true freshman quarterback has made a name for himself in being a dual-threat for Alabama’s offense. He could give the Vols a bit of a problem with his skill of being able to rush outside when the pocket breaks down, or sit and let his arm do the talking.
With only two interceptions so far, which is impressive coming from a freshman, he is clearly careful with the ball. I am looking for Hurts to pick away at the Tennessee defense and give them a bit of an issue.
The ‘Dark Horse’ Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara
In case you're wondering as to why I haven’t mentioned Jalen Hurd, well there's this guy named Alvin Kamara who has been catching my eye when I watch the Volunteers play. Although Hurd is the primary running back, there's just something special about Kamara. He's powerful, quick and has been that ‘guy’ in clutch situations.
My prediction is that Alabama will win this game but I truly think Tennessee will give them a run for their money. The Volunteers are unpredictable. However, if they come out with the lack of adrenaline against the Crimson Tide, they're done!
Prediction Score: 45-38