Dooley on Bama's ability to stop the run
Tennessee Stat Book
This could be one of the toughest tickets in the history of the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry. But don't take that the wrong way.
The ticket won't be that tough to acquire. The tough part will be deciding what to do with the ticket.
Your have four options:
- Use your ticket for admission to Neyland Stadium, where you will be subjected to a another crimson and white pompon blitz.
- Sell your ticket for profit to an Alabama fan and put the money in your 2012 bowl-trip savings account.
- Tailgate at home and include your ticket in the barbecue, knowing that you have done your part to prevent a Tide takeover of Neyland Stadium.
- Tailgate at home but don't include your ticket in the barbecue, just in case UT is still in position for an upset by halftime and you want to make a late rush to the stadium.
Hopefully, UT fans will take a "don't ask, don't tell" approach to the ticket dilemma. It's a matter of personal choice, and that choice should be respected.
Alabama 24, Tennessee 10: Despite the disparity in records and statistics, the Tide and Vols have something in common: Neither one has looked like the best team in the country the last two games.
There's nothing mysterious about UT's struggle. But how do you explain Alabama's suddenly ineffective running game?
Look for the Vols to crowd the line of scrimmage with 13 or so defenders and force the Tide to throw.
Auburn 27, LSU 23: Think of all the scheming that has gone on in the two Tiger camps this week.
I can imagine Auburn offensive guru Gus Malzahn chewing gum and guzzling coffee in late-night video sessions as he searches for a vulnerability in John Chavis' defense. I also can imagine LSU coach Les Miles sticking pins in the legs of a Cameron Newton doll while contemplating whether a double-bounce pass off a fake field goal would catch Auburn's defense unaware.
Georgia 34, Kentucky 27: The Bulldogs found out last week there's a new mascot in town, and he's not easily impressed.
Former interim mascot Russ might have been licking the cheerleaders' ankles while the Bulldogs were running circles around Vanderbilt. But Uga VIII was about as animated as a doghouse ice bag in his debut.
His message: Beat somebody good and I might come out and bark, but don't expect me to start drooling over a victory against a team with a losing record.
Arkansas 37, Ole Miss 24: Rebels coach Houston Nutt returns to Fayetteville, where he won 75 games in 10 years and exchanged 1,063 text messages with a female news anchor in two months.
Reality shows are now more pertinent than soap operas in Arkansas. Reality: After a 3-0 start, the Razorbacks have lost two of their last three games and still have to play South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU.
South Carolina 27, Vanderbilt 13: Commodores coach Robbie Caldwell hasn't lost his sense of humor. A couple of days after a 43-0 loss to Georgia, he announced the Commodores controlled their own destiny in the SEC East.
They also might lead the conference in total offense if they average 650 yards per game in the second half of the season.
Mississippi State 37, UAB 20: Imagine how envious the Bulldogs' mascot, Bully, felt while watching UGA VIII sleep away last Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium. You could give Bully a full meal and a bottle of wine, and he still couldn't manage so much as a catnap at Davis Wade Stadium - not with 55,000 cowbells ringing.
PETA needs to do something about this.
Top 25: Oklahoma 35, Missouri 27; TCU 34, Air Force 17; Michigan State 35, Northwestern 23; Utah 45, Colorado State 14; Iowa 24, Wisconsin 17; Ohio State 38, Purdue 17; Stanford 45, Washington State 17; Nebraska 38, Oklahoma State 20; Arizona 34, Washington 27; West Virginia 31, Syracuse 20; Texas 27, Iowa State 10; Virginia Tech 38, Duke 13; Miami 30, North Carolina 20.
Record: 121-24 (.835) overall, 61-62 (.497) against the spread.
John Adams may be reached at 865-342-6284 or email@example.com.