Tennessee Stat Book
Capsule preivew of the Tennessee-Alabama game.
No. 7 Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at Tennessee (2-4, 0-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Alabama by 16½.
Series Record: Alabama leads 47-38-7.
Last Meeting: 2009, Alabama 12-10.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Alabama must keep its annual meeting with Tennessee from turning into a trap game after playing seven straight with a bye weekend just around the corner. The Volunteers are still looking for their first SEC win under new coach Derek Dooley, and a win over the Crimson Tide would end a three-game losing skid to their biggest rival.
Alabama's passing game against Tennessee's defense. Opponents have succeeded at limiting Crimson Tide RBs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, and QB Greg McElroy and the Alabama receivers have struggled to make them pay for that decision. McElroy might find more success against a Volunteers defense that's struggled to stop the pass this season, especially on third down.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alabama: Ingram is still averaging 91.2 yards rushing per game, even though he's been held in check three weeks in a row. Tennessee has been more successful at stopping the run than the pass and will try to mimic what Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi did to stop Ingram.
Tennessee: QB Tyler Bray. Dooley pledged to play the backup before halftime against the Crimson Tide in hopes of giving the Volunteers' struggling offense some new life. Matt Simms is still the starter, but Bray impressed the coaches in a 41-14 loss to Georgia.
FACTS & FIGURES
Dooley worked for Alabama coach Nick Saban for six seasons at LSU and one seasons with the NFL's Dolphins. The pair have never coached against one another. ... Alabama has not allowed an opposing RB to rush for 100 yards in 41 consecutive games. ... The Crimson Tide is Tennessee's fourth opponent ranked. Three of the six opponents have been in the top 10. ... Alabama has a three-game winning streak over Tennessee and a 21-20-1 margin in games played in Knoxville.