Friday, October 23, 2009

Third (Fourth) Saturday in October!!!

Tomorrow afternoon (2:30c) the mighty Crimson Tide will take on the Tennessee Volunteers in a classic rivalry match-up. Tennessee has a lot of momentum from their dismantling of the UGA defense and consecutive off-week, but Alabama should present a challenge for the inconsistent Jonathan Crompton. This game has the chance of being a low-scoring defensive struggle. Both teams will likely attempt to stack the box in order to inhibit the running game, and force the QB's to beat them. Greg McElroy started strong early in the season against Virginia Tech, but has taken on shades of former Bama QB John Parker Wilson during SEC play.

Bama RB Mark Ingram achieved quite a Heisman buzz following his 246 rushing yards on South Carolina last week, and he will be the Tide's go to back against the Vol's as well. Nick Saban likes to keep a fresh set of legs in the mix, so look for freshman phenom Trent Richardson as well as the seasoned Roy Upchurch to get plenty of carries as well. Look for Bama to mix it up much more with the Wildcat set. You may even see some explosive players get some reps...

Ultimately, however, this game will come down to which team's QB can take what the opposing defense gives him. This is why Alabama will defeat Tennessee tomorrow, 21-10.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with Carter in that this has the potential to be a low scoring defensive struggle, but I don't think UT can handle the Bama backs, even with the now disqualified from the Heisman race Berry. Berry is a great athlete, but I don't think the defense as a whole can stop the Bama running game. Crompton will have another lackluster performance. Roll Tide!