It’s a matchup between two top-10 teams. But very few people are giving the Tennessee Volunteers a chance against No. 1 Alabama.
Many are picking the Crimson Tide to win in Knoxville, and Las Vegas has the Crimson Tide as a double digit favorite.
But ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit says the Crimson Tide should be concerned about Tennessee’s talented offense.
“I’d be concerned about quarterback Josh Dobbs and his ability to get on the edge,” Herbstreit said on Sportscenter. “His ability to create the run, which can give Alabama problems.”
Dobbs leads the SEC in touchdowns accounted for this season with 19. He’s thrown for over 1,400 yards while rushing for another 300.
Herbstreit also said running back Alvin Kamara is a major key for Tennessee on Saturday. With Jalen Hurd out with an injury, Kamara shined as both a runner and a pass catcher out of the backfield. Kamara ran for 127 yards and added 161 receiving yards against the Aggies.
“Last week, he did so many different things,” Herbstreit said. “If you want to try and beat Alabama you’ve got to have your quarterback got the ball out of his hands quickly, the quarterback has to be a run threat and take some chances down the field.”
Herbstreit also gives Tennessee a chance based on how the Volunteers played Alabama last year in a 19-14 loss to the eventual national champions.
Alabama has beaten Tennessee nine consecutive times. Nick Saban has not lost the Volunteers in his time at Alabama. The two teams kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.