Tennessee vs. Alabama: Last Minute Spread Info, BCS Impact, Line and Predictions

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23:  Tauren Poole #28 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball dwhile tackled by C.J. Mosley #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide host the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday in their annual rivalry game labeled the "Third Saturday in October." 

Tennessee hasn't beaten the Crimson Tide since 2006, and the chances of them winning this weekend are very slim. 

If Tyler Bray was still the quarterback for Tennessee, then they would have a much better shot, but the Vols season was wiped away once Bray was injured a few weeks ago in the game against Georgia. 

Alabama is demolishing every team in its path, and the defense will continue to reign over Tennessee. 

With that said, let's take a look at some specifics of this SEC showdown. 


When: Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:15 p.m. ET 

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

Watch: ESPN2/ESPN3.com 



The Crimson Tide are favored at -30 right now, which may seem high, but they're holding their opponents to only seven points per game. Alabama is also the No. 1 rushing defense in the country, and the Vols will have a hard time scoring this weekend, so take the Tide to cover because this will be a blowout. 



The over/under is set at 46. Take the over here because the Crimson Tide will roll all over Tennessee, and the Vols will get at least one touchdown to push the total score over. 


Key Injuries 

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Derek Dooley of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Im
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

For Alabama, offensive lineman Anthony Steen (concussion) is questionable, as well as place kicker Cade Foster (concussion) and linebacker C.J. Mosley(elbow) is probable. 

For Tennessee, QB Tyler Bray (thumb) just had surgery and will once again be replaced by Matt Simms. Linebacker Herman Lathers (ankle) has yet to play this year and it's unlikely he'll be on the field this Saturday. 


BCS/Top 25 Implications 

The Vols could help themselves in the polls with a big upset here, but that isn't likely. Alabama needs an impressive win in order to secure its spot as No. 2 in the country, and should LSU fall to Auburn, the Crimson Tide will surely jump to No. 1. 


Heisman Impact 

Trent Richardson is my No. 1 Heisman candidate right now, and he should extend his streak of 100 plus rushing yards to seven games once this game is over. Richardson is dominating his opponents, and he shouldn't have much trouble against the Vols. 


Keys to Tennessee Win

The Vols have to block well for Tauren Poole, and not commit turnovers. If they can control the time of possession and limit the number of times Alabama has the ball, then they could give the Crimson Tide a big scare.

It's not going to be easy, but the Vols have to slow down Richardson. If the Vols want a win this Saturday, wide receiver Da'Rick Rodgers needs to thrive and make big plays. 


Keys to Alabama Win

The Crimson Tide just has to keep doing what they're doing. Let Richardson run wild and play great defense. That's been the game plan for awhile now, and I wouldn't be surprised if they keep it simple here so as to not show too much of their offense before the play the LSU Tigers. 



The Third Saturday in October began 110 years ago, and once again Alabama will come out on top. The Crimson Tide owns the series record, and they've also won the last four. Nick Saban is starting to build a great streak over Tennessee, and all of it continues this weekend since the Vols won't be able to stop Trent Richardson. 

Alabama 42, Tennessee 10


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