TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a home matchup against Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
The Crimson Tide pounded Arkansas, 41-9, on homecoming last Saturday night to improve to 7-0 on the season, including 4-0 in SEC play.
Leading up to Saturday’s kickoff, we’ll be tackling the best question from Alabama fans.
Exactly how bad is this going to be? Who thinks Alabama can put up 70 points on Tennessee?
Alabama is a 34-point favorite over Tennessee, according to VegasInsider.com. Think about that for a second: Alabama could win 42-10 and that still wouldn’t be enough to cover.
This thing is going to get ugly pretty fast. Tennessee just doesn’t have much talent this year. The Volunteers are 13th in the SEC in total offense and haven’t scored a touchdown in their last 10 quarters of play. That’s abysmal. Don’t expect it to change on Saturday against Alabama’s defense.
Tennessee has been outscored 56-9 in its last two losses, both at Neyland Stadium. That includes a 41-0 beating by Georgia, and an inexplicable loss to South Carolina last week.
Tennessee sits at 3-3 overall, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said there’s a case to be made for Tennessee potentially being 5-1 on the year.
I say there’s a case to be made for the Vols to be 1-5. Tennessee needed double overtime to beat Georgia Tech in the opener. The Vols also narrowly downed UMass with a 17-13 home win.
Butch Jones has to be on his last legs as Tennessee’s coach. Fans, at least those on social media, appear fed up with his “say all the right things, but not produce on the field” style of coaching.
Consider Jones a dead man walking at this point.