Alabama football will be tested in the trenches this Saturday.
The next game for Alabama football will be against one of their biggest rivals. The Crimson Tide will face off against the Tennessee Volunteers, but they are expected to dominate. This rivalry has not been competitive for over a decade, but Tennessee has one strength that will test Alabama.
Tennessee’s offensive line is one of the best in the country, and they will compete for the Joe Moore Award. They are powered behind two of the best offensive linemen in the country, and they are likely the two best players on the Tennessee Volunteers. Trey Smith and Cade Mays are great, and the entire unit will be tough to handle.
This will be the only unit that truly tests Alabama football. The defensive line for the Crimson Tide has great depth, but they haven’t gotten great production as a unit.
Without LaBryan Ray, Alabama will likely start DJ Dale, Justin Eboigbe, and Christian Barmore. This young group plays well together, but this will certainly be their biggest challenge. The sack production has not been there. There is a chance that this game can change that narrative.
In last week’s game, the defensive line did a great job swatting the ball at the line of scrimmage. That is great progress, but it will take more than that to win a national championship. When the Tide face some of the better quarterbacks in the country, it will be vital that they can force an unstable pocket. It becomes even more important with this inexperienced secondary.
In this game, look for Christian Barmore to have a breakout performance. He has slowly improved since his injury at the beginning of the year, and his best game was against the Bulldogs offensive line.
Outside of the interior defensive linemen, look at outside linebacker Will Anderson. He keeps getting in the backfield, but he needs to get more production as a starter.
This offensive line will have its hands full, but they haver what it takes to deliver. If Alabama can get in the backfield consistently, it will speak well for Alabama football’s success for the rest of the season.