Tennessee looking for road upset against up-and-down Alabama
Known as the “Third Saturday in October” series, the Alabama Crimson Tide have the all-time lead against the Tennessee Volunteers with a 58-39-7 record. Both teams have been strong this year, with the Crimson Tide at 6-1 and the Volunteers at 5-1. Tennessee is the No. 17 team in the nation, and Alabama is No. 11.
In Week 7, Tennessee beat Texas A&M 20-13 at home while the Crimson Tide snuck past Arkansas 24-21. Below is a breakdown of this week 8 college football matchup.
Tennessee defense looks to shut down Jalen Milroe
In the air this year, Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe is completing 64.1% of his passes for 1,399 yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions through six games. He sat against USF earlier this season. And Milroe has proven to be a threat running the ball, with 295 rushing yards and five touchdowns. For the Volunteers, keeping him contained will likely be key.
Tennessee’s most likely path to victory includes Baron, Pearce Jr.
The pass rush from the Volunteers is led by edge rushers James Pearce Jr. and Tyler Baron. Combined, they have 55 of Tennessee’s 141 pressures so far this season. Pearce Jr. has seven sacks, and Baron has five. Milroe has played well this season under pressure, but Tennessee will likely look to put him in a position to throw and not allow him to use his legs to extend plays and convert first downs.
Regarding betting odds, the Tide are the favorite at around on the moneyline at most college football betting sites, whereas the Volunteers are at . For the point spread, the Tide are home favorites. The total line in this matchup is .
Tennessee vs. Alabama odds and betting lines for NCAA Football Week 8
Tennessee vs. Alabama props
Below is a short list of odds for players to score a touchdown in this Saturday’s game:
- Jermaine Burton
- Ramel Keyton
- Chas Nimrod
- Malik Benson
Tennessee vs. Alabama injury report: Who’s out, who’s starting
On the injury front, things are tame here. The Volunteers are dealing with one notable injury, and that’s to starting left guard and junior transfer Andrej Karic. Behind him is a redshirt senior in Jackson Lampley, should Karic be unable to go with an ankle injury.
Malachi Moore is also questionable with an ankle injury for the Crimson Tide. Playing safety, Moore has 23 tackles and has allowed 19 receptions on 25 targets for 147 yards and one touchdown, and he also has one interception and two pass breakups.
Tennessee Volunteers Week 8 injury update: Andrej Karic questionable
Alabama Crimson Tide Week 8 injury update: Malachi Moore questionable