CFN’s Keys to the Tennessee-Alabama Game

College Football News’ John Harris is bucking CFN’s official pick (Tennessee 16, Alabama 13) and making his own.

According to Harris, the key matchups in tomorrow’s game between the Volunteers and the Crimson Tide are:

  • the ability of Tennessee’s defensive line to beat Alabama’s offensive line and the Bama run attack
  • the Alabama wide receiver corps (which has lost Tyrone Prothro, its best receiver) against the Tennessee secondary (which has lost Jason Allen, its best cover corner and tackler)
  • the Vol offensive line, which has been struggling, against the Tide front seven, which has been exceptional.
  • Harris’ conclusion?

    After the close call at Ole Miss last week, the Tide returns this week to Tuscaloosa, where they played an almost flawless game against Florida. They’ll need to continue to harness the emotion and passion of the Tide faithful to knock off a desperate Tennessee team. Similar to the way that Michigan fought back against undefeated Penn State, expect Tennessee to take Bama’s best shot and hang around for four quarters. Brodie Croyle will be the difference as he’ll continue to find open receivers and move the ball as they have this season. He’ll need a big play from one of his receivers, and expect him to get one that wins the game for the Tide. Alabama – 21 vs. Tennessee – 20

3 Responses to “CFN’s Keys to the Tennessee-Alabama Game”

  1. » CFN’s Keys to the Tennessee-Alabama Game says:

    [...] From Joel S. Hollingsworth College Football News’ John Harris is bucking CFN’s official pick (Tennessee 16, Alabama 13) and making his own. [...]

  2. View from Rocky Top » Blog Archive » Who to Root For if You’re a Tennessee Volunteer Football Fan: Week Eight says:

    [...] The Tennessee Volunteers get a great chance to redeem themselves and improve their national standing when they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on archrival Alabama. This game is too close to call: the Vol defense should make it difficult for the Crimson Tide offense to be productive, and the Bama defense won’t make it easy for the Vol offense to get on track. Heck, even can’t make up its mind. [...]

  3. View from Rocky Top » Blog Archive » Re-living the Tennessee Volunteers 2005 football season: Part 7, Alabama Crimson Tide says:

    [...] The game was really too close to call. John Pennington first picked the Vols, then changed his mind, primarily due to the wake up call the Tide received against Ole Miss the prior week and partly due to the fact that Vols hadn’t played more than one good half of football in five games. John Harris of College Football News picked Alabama to win 21 to 20, but CFN itself picked UT to win 16-13. Subtract 10 from each score and switch the teams, and they’d have nailed it. [...]