Alabama vs Tennessee : 2019 NCAA College Football Game Week 8 Start Time Tv Channel No. 1 Alabama (6-0) will try to make it 13 straight wins in the Third Saturday in October against Tennessee (2-4) at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
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Alabama brings in the nation’s second-highest scoring offense at 51 points per game, and Heisman contender Tua Tagovailoa (27 touchdowns, one interception) continues to shine in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s offense. Nick Saban is a perfect 12-0 against Tennessee since taking over in 2007.
Tennessee (3-3) scored a confidence-building 20-10 victory against Mississippi State in Week 7, and the Vols are showing signs of improvement under second-year coach Jeremy Pruitt, who was the former defensive coordinator at Alabama.
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Confidence is one thing. Playing at Alabama in its first night game of the season is another. This primetime ESPN showdown will show why.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need for Saturday’s matchup between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers:
Alabama vs. Tennessee odds
Spread: Alabama -34.5
Point total: 62
Moneyline: Alabama -110, Tennessee-110
Alabama is a 34.5-point favorite, according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 62 percent of the wagering has come in favor of the Crimson Tide.
Alabama vs. Tennessee all-time series
The Crimson Tide lead the all-time series 56-38-8, a lead that has swelled with the 12-game win streak under Saban. Tennessee’s last victory in the series was on Oct. 21, 2006.
Three trends to know
— Alabama is 2-2 against the spread with spreads of 30 points or more this season, but they won the last three meetings with the Vols by an average of 38 points per game.
— Alabama has won the last six meetings at Bryant-Denny Stadium by an average of 22.6 points per game, but it’s also where the two closest Tennessee losses were: a 12-10 loss in 2009 and a 19-14 loss in 2015.
— Tennessee is 3-2 against the spread as a road underdog and 3-4 against the spread against ranked teams under Pruitt.
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Three things to watch
Tennesse’s pass defense
The Vols rank third in the SEC in pass defense (199.0 ypg.) and they have allowed just eight touchdown passes in six games. Of course, Tagovailoa and an explosive group of receivers presents a different challenge. Tagovailoa was 19 of 29 for 306 yards and four touchdowns in last year’s game, an average of 16.1 yards per completion. If the Vols allow that through the air, then it will be trouble in the first half.
The first-half onslaught
In the last three meetings, Alabama has led by an average score of 28-7 by halftime. The Tide haven’t left much drama for the second half, and Tennessee hasn’t made this a four-quarter game since 2015. Can Pruitt get this one into the second half? The Vols have been decent this season in the first quarter by outscoring opponents 56-27. That levels out to 36-36 in the second quarter, however. That could be when the Crimson Tide take control.
Harris has taken the lead in the Alabama backfield over the last three weeks, where he has averaged 98.3 rushing yards per game. Harris is coming off his first 20-carry game of the season, and he has also scored four receiving touchdowns. He’s a matchup problem for Tennessee, which still allows 159.7 yards per game on the ground. Expect Harris to be involved early on the ground.
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Stat that matters
In the last three losses, Tennessee quarterbacks have thrown for touchdowns, two interceptions and combined to average 133.7 passing yards. With Brian Maurer (concussion) uncertain for the game, it could be on Jarrett Guarantano — who has struggled against this defense the last two years — to manage the Vols through that first-half onslaught.
Alabama vs. Tennessee prediction
Tennessee didn’t have an answer for Tagovailoa last season, and he has done a fantastic job of distributing the football to a ridiculous group of receivers. Of all Tagovailoa’s amazing statistics, the one that stands out most might be the fact he has 42 touchdowns to two interception at home for his career. Tennessee had one of those interceptions when Tagovailoa was a freshman backup, and chances are he knows that. Alabama gets off to a fast start and never looks back in another SEC blowout at home.
Alabama 49, Tennessee 17