Alabama is a 34.5-point favorite over Tennessee. 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.
— Marq Burnett
Alabama-Tennessee betting odds
Alabama is a 35.5-point favorite, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 50.5 points. Tennessee is facing its largest spread in program history. The Vols never have been this big of an underdog.
Alabama- Tennessee betting picks
Marq Burnett: Alabama 45, Tennessee 3
Things are going to get ugly quick in this game. There are few people who believe Tennessee has a chance. Outside of maybe some diehards in Knoxville, everyone knows Alabama will extend its winning streak to 11 consecutive games over Tennessee. As they have been for the last decade, Alabama is better than Tennessee in all phases of the game.
Chris Kirschner: Alabama 45, Tennessee 3
Butch Jones will arrive at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday to the blaring tune of “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men. Several SEC coaches will shed tears at around 7 p.m. after Alabama blows the doors off Tennessee because that likely signifies the end of the Jones era at Tennessee, which has been filled with promise, corny catchphrases that belong in peewee ball and little to show for the talk. Yes, he helped take over a Tennessee program that was in awful shape, but the man isn’t a good football coach and has no business being one in the SEC. Farewell you sweet champion of life with a 5-star heart. Practice your leadership reps for your next gig.
Christopher Walsh: Alabama 48, Tennessee 12
This might be the toughest score to pick all season, because if you go by the talent levels and potential the game could be fairly close. If you go by recent results and statistical trends, it won’t be. Tennessee giving Jarrett Guarantano the start last week gave Alabama a chance to study up on him. If the Crimson Tide jumps out to an early lead this one could get away from the Vols, and fast.
Mike Bambach: Alabama 52, Tennessee 0
I predict that Alabama will score the first shutout in this series since 1980, when the Tide beat Tennessee 27-0. The Volunteers can’t compete barring a total collapse by Alabama. UT is last in SEC total offense and allows 242.8 rushing yards per game. Ballgame.
Ryan Fowler: Alabama 56, Tennessee 7
Alabama and Tennessee has a special place in most Crimson Tide fans list of the top rivalry games each year. Fortunately for Alabama fans, this game has lost some luster, but still ranks as one of the best rivalry games in college football. Alabama will beat Tennessee in every area of the game and will surpass the scoring of last year’s game in Neyland Stadium.
Matt Speakman: Alabama 45, Tennessee 9
Alabama’s program is as stable as ever, and Tennessee is, well, not. The Volunteers were unable to score a touchdown against South Carolina. That almost tells you everything you need to know about this game. John Kelly presents a bit of a problem for the Crimson Tide, but Alabama should be able to contain him. I expect Alabama to get Damien Harris and the play-action game going early. Alabama will dominate this one right from the start.
Alabama-Tennessee betting preview
- Heavy favorite: Alabama is a 34-point favorite against Tennessee, according to VegasInsider.com. That’s the largest point spread in the history of the rivalry.
- Series history: Alabama leads the all-time series 54-37-8 (52-38-7 after vacations) and has won the last 10 meetings. Alabama defeated Tennessee, 49-10, last season.
- Unranked opponent: Alabama has won 72 consecutive games against unranked opponents. Tennessee is unranked.
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