It’s hard to underestimate the significance of the showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 9 Tennessee on Saturday.
Following the Vols’ overtime loss at Texas A&M last week, Tennessee faces a must-win situation against Alabama to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive. As for the Crimson Tide, the goal is to keep piling up the wins and get past one of the toughest hurdles remaining on the schedule.
It should be an electric atmosphere inside Neyland Stadium, and hopefully, the game lives up to the hype.
Here is what a few national media outlets are saying about the big game:
- Tennessee has lost nine straight games to Alabama, but after a long wait, the third Saturday in October is once again relevant in the landscape of college football. CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon breaks down the rivalry.
- Although the game is now back in the limelight, the Volunteers need a win against the Crimson Tide to really show they a force to be taken seriously. As ESPN’s Alex Scarborough writes, a win over Florida was big for Tennessee, but a win over Alabama would be monumental.
- If one thing has been clear this season, Tennessee looks completely different in the first half than it does in the second. ESPN’s David Ching takes a closer look at what makes the Vols such a different team from half to half.
- Through the first six weeks of the season, there’s no doubt that Alabama is the favorite to win yet another national title, but what could prevent the Crimson Tide from achieving that goal? It could be Alabama’s pass defense, writes FOX Sports’ Aaron Torres.