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The third Saturday in October arrives once again. This rivalry has definitely been one of those topsy-turvy ones where one team is very good while the other is on a rebuilding era. This has been the case of the UT-Alabama rivalry for about five years now. I think you know which team is on which side.
Alabama will be losing some talent on the defensive side with Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont'a Hightower leaving, which is a big hit to their secondary and linebacker units. That doesn't mean much, though, because Alabama is a very well-rounded defensive team. They have tons of talent, and it shows when you look at their defense, which is arguably one of the best in the BCS era.
Their offense is losing the monster known as Trent Richardson, who might be a better prospect than fellow Alabama running back Mark Ingram was.
Don't count out Eddie Lacy, though. He is one of the most overlooked backups in the country, and since he will now be the starter, he will explode onto the national scene.
A.J. McCarron was surprisingly better than expected for Alabama. If Alabama can utilize him, he would give the Tide offense a whole new layer.
I can't see Tennessee winning this one. I know the game is in Neyland, but that is probably the only advantage the Vols will have. Tennessee just simply can't match up in skill or experience. This will be a lot better game in a few years, but for now, just sit back and hope for a giant upset.