Alabama Football (6-1, 4-0) plays host to the Tennessee Volunteers (5-1, 2-1) this week, seeking revenge in the rivalry for the first time since 2007. The Crimson Tide was upset in Knoxville last season, but will face the Vols in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium this time around.
Bryant-Denny hasn’t been kind to UT over the last couple decades, and the Volunteers haven’t had much luck outside of their home state in recent years.
Last week’s bold predictions looked to be on par for much of Bama’s game against Arkansas before everything fell apart late. I proposed the Bama defense would hold Arkansas to 10 points or less, but two late touchdown drives and a two-point conversion gave the Hogs 21 points for the game.
I also predicted Alabama would average over 4.5 yards per carry against an SEC opponent for the first time this season. While Bama’s running backs posted nearly 7.0 yards per carry (202 yards on 29 carries), sack yardage dropped the Tide to just 4.2 YPC for the game.
Lastly, I ambitiously guessed that Ty Simpson and the other Bama second-teamers would see the field, essentially prognosticating a blowout. The Tide managed to sprint out to a 24-6 third quarter lead, but the Razorbacks scrapped their way back into what ultimately became a close game.
With week seven recapped, let’s take a look at my week eight bold predictions.