Alabama-Tennessee Preview Capsule
No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 9 Tennessee (5-1, 2-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Alabama by 13.
Series Record: Alabama leads 53-37-8
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Alabama is seeking to maintain its No. 1 ranking while winning its 19th consecutive game. Tennessee wants to end a nine-game skid in this annual series and a 12-game losing streak against SEC West opponents. Tennessee’s last victory over an SEC West team was a 52-14 rout of Mississippi in 2010.
Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson vs. Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett: This matchup features two potential first-round draft picks. Barnett has recorded five sacks over his last three games and has 25 career sacks in 2½ seasons. All but three of his career sacks have come against SEC foes. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay’s ranking of all the draft-eligible prospects regardless of position has Barnett 16th and Robinson 19th.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alabama: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. He’s coming off a three-interception performance in a 49-30 victory at Arkansas and ranks third on the team with 27 tackles. His ball-hawking presence could make a major difference against at Tennessee team that committed seven turnovers in a 45-38 double-overtime loss at Teas A&M last week.
Tennessee: RB Jalen Hurd. Tennessee’s leading rusher is expected to return to action Saturday after sitting out the Texas A&M game with an unspecified injury. Hurd ran for 92 yards against Alabama last season and has a physical style that enables him to gain yards even when there isn’t much running room.
FACTS & FIGURES
This is the third time in the last five years that Alabama has been ranked No. 1 when it has faced Tennessee. ... Tennessee’s last victory over a top-ranked team was a 38-20 triumph over Auburn in 1985. ... Tennessee has fumbled 21 times, the highest total of any FBS team. The Volunteers have lost eight of those fumbles. ... Alabama has scored nine non-offensive touchdowns, the most of any FBS team. ... Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara gained a school-record 312 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M. ... This marks the first game at Neyland Stadium to match two top-10 teams since No. 5 Georgia beat No. 8 Tennessee 27-14 in 2005.
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