Alabama Crimson Tide: 2020 Opponents rated better or worse than 2019

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Better than 2019  – Tennessee Volunteers (Oct. 24 in Knoxville)

The Vols ran off six straight wins to end the 2019 season. Even as an improving team, they will have a tough time matching 8-5 again. Florida and Georgia are standard fare with the Gators in Knoxville and the Bulldogs in Athens. Tougher for the Vols will be hosting the Crimson Tide and taking on Oklahoma in Norman.

Jeremy Pruitt inherited a mess. He is still hampered having to answer to Phil Fulmer. Pruitt has done well, considering. According to Bill Connelly, returning production is 68 percent, at No. 50 in the FBS. The 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes have brought Pruitt help. The Vols hope Georgia transfer, Cade Mays will be eligible. If he is, he should start a guard for Pruitt.

With or without Mays, the Vols will have a solid offensive line. Pruitt has experience in the secondary and depth at running back. The linebacker group will be better with a maturing Henry To’o To’o.

New receivers must step up and a better pass rush is needed. QB, Jarrett Guarantano is both a strength and a weakness. When he will be either is a mystery.

Tennessee Prediction for Oct. 24 – Slightly better than last season but short on talent to best the Alabama Crimson Tide