Tennessee vs. Alabama Predictions Rewind

Oct 26, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83) celebrates his touchdown in the end zone against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Well, The Third Saturday in October has come and gone, and for the seventh straight year, the Crimson Tide have come out of the Tennessee/Alabama game winners. I don’t know if anyone else enjoyed a cigar on that Saturday night, but I sure did. Let’s take a look at my predictions from last week.

Do the Vols reach 150 yards rushing? 100?

Tennessee is stuck between a rock and a hard place here. They have one of the worst passing games in the country, and that is going to allow Nick Saban and Kirby Smart to load the box and stop the run. I think Tennessee reaches 100 yards rushing in the game, but they won’t go over 150.

I nailed this. And Alabama nailed Tennessee all day Saturday, as Tennessee finished with 127 yards rushing on the day.

Over/Under two turnovers between the two teams on Saturday?

I’ll say under. Alabama has done a great job of protecting the ball the past few games and that will continue here.

I missed on this, as the two teams combined for three turnovers on the day.

Over/Under three sacks in the game?

I’ll say under, mainly because I think Tennessee’s only shot to win is to ground and pound this game away and keep it out of their quarterbacks hands.

Neither team recorded a sack in this game, as that now marks over 16 quarters the Alabama offense has gone since allowing a sack.

Alabama had three running backs end up with over 100 yards of offense against the Razorbacks. Will they accomplish this feat again against the Vols?

I think Alabama might get two of the three with over 100 yards total, but it won’t get all three again. The majority of Derrick Henry’s yardage came on an 80-yard run with Nick Saban chasing him down the sideline not wanting him to score.

Alabama made me look good again, as both TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake finished with over 100 yards of offense on the day.

How many times will Tennessee play “Rocky Top” on Saturday afternoon?

I’ll say 28. And that will be 28 times too many.

According to twitter reports, Rocky Top was only played three times on Saturday. That’s a win for everyone.

Final score?

Welcome back to earth Vols. Beating South Carolina is good for your program. Unfortunately, South Carolina is not as good as they were advertised during the summer; 38-7 Alabama.

I predicted Alabama would win by 31, and they won by 35. A solid offensive and defensive showing by the Crimson Tide never allowed Tennessee to make any serious threats on Saturday afternoon.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football

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