Alabama Football will look to defend its home field under the lights on Saturday night against the LSU Tigers. With a win, the Crimson Tide would remain undefeated in the SEC and in first place in the West.
It would also be a revenge win for Alabama after the Tide dropped a 32-31 decision in Death Valley last season. Bama fans would like to think the 2023 team is using that loss as added fuel coming into such an important game.
Two weeks ago, the Crimson Tide earned a similar revenge victory. Bama lost to Tennessee in Knoxville last season when a walk-off field goal gave the Vols a 52-49 win. In Bryant-Denny this season, Tennessee once again got out to a fast start and led Alabama 20-7 at halftime. The home team dominated in the second half en route to a decisive 34-20 win.
In that game, Bama Hammer’s week eight bold predictions did pretty well. First, I predicted that Alabama Football would outrush Tennessee. The Vols have the top rushing offense in the SEC while Bama’s has been subpar, but I had supreme confidence in the Alabama defense. Neither team ran the ball particularly well, both averaging less than 3.5 yards per carry. In the end, however, Bama edged Tennessee 138-133 in total rushing yards.
Next, I predicted that the Alabama defense would force two turnovers. In the box score, it forced just one takeaway, but it was a big one that led to a fourth quarter defensive touchdown.
Additionally, the Bama defense made two huge stops on 4th and short. These stops, one in the second quarter and one in the third, were huge momentum-shifting plays that essentially served as turnovers.
Lastly, I projected that Alabama would hold Tennessee to its lowest point total of the season. This did not happen, as the Vols surpassed their 16-point total against Florida in the first half. However, the Alabama defense held firm in the second half and kept the Vols frozen at 20 points. This was tied for Tennessee’s second-lowest scoring output of the season.
With the last game’s bold predictions recapped, let’s take a look at my week 10 bold predictions.