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The Third Saturday in October is the Red River Rivalry of the SEC. It doesn't happen during rivalry weekend, rankings get thrown to the wind, and the score is frequently "wrong" as far as established seasonal statistics are concerned.
For instance, an unranked Tennessee squad lost to Alabama in 2009 by two points. During the course of that game, Tennessee straight-up missed two field goals, kicked one into Terrence Cody's stomach and finished the game on a legit blocked field goal by the same Mt. Cody.
Tennessee's offense is quite capable of giving Alabama more than a struggle. With Cordarrelle Patterson and Tyler Bray alone, the offense and return game could put up a few touchdowns on the Tide.
On the other side of things, Alabama looked absolutely unbeatable against Missouri last week until the lightning delay completely threw off 'Bama's rhythm.
That may prove to be Tennessee's biggest clue as to how to beat the Tide. If you get 'Bama out of sync, the Tide will struggle.
Alabama has settled for field goals against teams like Florida Atlantic, and Tennessee's defense is better than that. This is a game worth watching because Alabama has only faced one starting quarterback in SEC play, and that was against Ole Miss.
Derek Dooley will certainly be fighting with everything he's got. The only way to save himself in the fans' eyes is by taking down the top-ranked team in the nation. He's already had many chances to topple other ranked teams. If he beats Alabama, he could buy some peace over in Knoxville, however fleeting.