UT-Alabama matchup chart

Posted Oct 22, 2010

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of Alabama and Tennessee, who meet Saturday night at 7 in Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1175
Site: Knoxville
Date: Oct. 23
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Dooley and for the Crimson Tide - Saban


Crimson Tide

Alabama has one of the biggest and best blocking fronts in college football. Tennessee has one of the youngest and thinnest lines in college football.


Bama asks little of Greg McElroy but he is completing 71.6 percent of his passes with 11 TDs and 3 interceptions. UT asks a lot of Matt Simms, who is completing 57.1 percent with 7 TDs and 4 picks.


Tennessee's Tauren Poole is a good back but Bama has the NCAA's best 1-2 punch in Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.


UT's Justin Hunter is going to be a standout one day. Bama's Julio Jones already is.


Crimson Tide

With Montori Hughes doubtful, a thin UT defensive front becomes even more vulnerable. Alabama's line is probably the SEC's best.


Dont'a Hightower grew up in Lewisburg but picked the Tide over the home-state Vols. He's a difference-maker who makes the difference in this category.


Alabama has four new starters in the secondary, yet it leads the SEC in pass-defense efficiency. Tennessee's secondary looked awful vs. Georgia in Game 6.

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The Tide's Marquis Maze averages 18.7 yards on punt returns. Tennessee is having trouble merely fielding the ball on punt returns.


Crimson Tide

Tennessee has the home-field advantage and a nothing-to-lose mentality. Bama could be looking ahead to an open date, followed by a crucial game at LSU.


If UT plays its best game and Bama plays its worst game, this could be a close game. Translation: Go with the Tide.

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