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With only one day left to the most highly anticipated Alabama-Tennessee game (3:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS) in recent memory, there’s not much left to say. When two talented-but-inconsistent teams take the field in a rivalry game, the matchup becomes impossible to predict. That didn’t stop anyone from trying.
The media predicts the Third Saturday in October
- Bruce Feldman at Fox takes Alabama to cover the 13-point spread over an emotionally spent Tennessee.
- Both of AL.com’s predictors take Alabama to win but Tennessee to cover.
- The SEC Country team takes Alabama to win, but they’re split about the spread.
- Most of ESPN likes Alabama.
- Dan Wolken picked Tennessee, because you’re supposed to steer into a skid.
- Tom Fornelli at CBS takes Alabama to win by seven.
As for me, I’ll take Alabama 42, Tennessee 28. Please do not bet on this game.
- Tennessee’s most dangerous weapon might be the one that used to wear crimson, from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz.
- Rainer Sabin checks in with Phil Fulmer’s perspective on the wildly unpredictable rivalry.
- From AL.com’s Michael Casagrande, it turns out Tennessee turns the ball over fairly often.
- Casagrande also talked to a sports gambling specialist about the ever-climbing line for this game.
- Zenitz has a breakdown of linebacker Mack Wilson, Alabama’s version of a dual threat.
- Saban said he expects ‘a lot of plays‘ on Saturday, per BamaOnline’s Charlie Potter. Pair that with a marathon CBS broadcast and plan to make the late service on Sunday morning.
- Also from BamaOnline, star high school running back Lorenzo Lingard spoke about his recent visit to Alabama.
- Our own Marq Burnett has his five keys to the game.
- Nick Saban’s Thursday evening radio show included this nice moment when Saban granted an Alabama fan’s wish. Here’s a rundown of the full show.
- SEC Country’s Alex Martin Smith caught up with the quarterbacks who have beaten Nick Saban’s Alabama, while Tennessee reporter Mike Griffith gives his insider breakdown.
Former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas is 1) stick thin, and 2) bad at Photoshop.
Of course after my photoshop job looking like I have ?? last week, it's only right I got drug tested today ??
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) October 12, 2016
The PGA Tour is 1) paranoid, and 2) incredibly literal.
Around the Capstone
- Soccer beat Georgia 3-1 at home on Thursday night.
Check out some highlights from tonight's match against the Georgia Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/Do6Ie0291R
— Alabama Soccer (@AlabamaSoccer) October 14, 2016
- Men’s tennis travels to Auburn for a tournament, while women’s tennis hosts one.
- Swimming and diving takes on Mizzou at 1 p.m. Friday.
- Women’s golf is headed to UNC for the Tar Heel Invitational.
Malik Jackson hates Mark Ingram
Malik Jackson is a highly paid defensive tackle for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He went to the University of Tennessee. Carson Tinker is a probably-less-highly-paid long snapper for the Jaguars. He went to the University of Alabama. Hilarity and wild disrespect of a Heisman Trophy winner ensued.
— Brian Chojnacki (@BroadcastingBri) October 13, 2016
Two best parts of this: 1) Jackson saying he respects Ingram too much to say anything else and 2) Tinker rattling off like 45 all-pros and saying “That’s just in my class!”
What to watch
- 7 p.m. ET – Duke at Louisville on ESPN. This is probably worth having on for at least a little while? Lamar Jackson’s always fun to watch. Duke beat Notre Dame (and lost to Wake Forest and Northwestern). I dunno. Baseball starts at 8.
- 10:30 p.m. – Mississippi State at BYU on ESPN. You should probably only watch this if you have some deep personal vendetta against Dan Mullen.
- Noon – West Virginia at Texas Tech on Fox Sports 1. Did y’all know West Virginia is undefeated? They’ve only played four games, but still. The over/under on this game is 83, and I’m taking the over. Kansas State travels to Oklahoma, in a game that has some potential comedic possibilities, on ESPN. Vanderbilt also plays at Georgia on the SEC Network, in a game that could have some comedic value in a dark, “Dr. Strangelove” kind of way. If that’s not dark enough, watch Iowa at Purdue and call a therapist.
- 3:30 – Alabama at Tennessee on CBS. This is the only game that matters. Use your commercial breaks to keep your heart rate in an acceptable range for survival. Relax, take a few deep breaths, visualize yourself on a beach, refill your drink, have a quick cry, whatever you need. If you really need a second game, UNC at Miami will be on either ABC or ESPN2. I guess they haven’t decided yet?
- 7 p.m. – OK. We made it. Are you alright? Do you need a minute? I’m proud of you. Let’s turn our attention to Ole Miss at Arkansas for a while, on ESPN. Alabama beat both of these teams; they’re non-threatening. Watch two teams you probably mildly dislike beat up on each other for a little while without threatening your Divisionship. If you’re in the mood to get lost in the abyss, Stanford travels to play Notre Dame at 7:30 on NBC.
- 8 p.m. – Ohio State at Wisconsin on ABC. No. 2 at No. 8. This is a potential playoff decider between closely matched teams. Wisconsin is clinging desperately to playoff aspirations while Ohio State is looking to prove it’s still a two-team party at the top of the conference. Ohio State is a 10-point favorite on the road.
- 10:30 – UCLA at Washington State – Mike Leach is going to have his Cougars run the ball 65 times in this game. Or not.