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.
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