At 6-1 and with games against Mississippi State and Auburn left to play, Nick Saban’s team could still very well make it to the SEC title game.
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The #4 Alabama Crimson Tide head north for a game against the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 9 of college football.
While many critics say that Alabama has been underperforming this season, the fact remains that Nick Saban’s team is 6-1 with it’s only loss coming in a narrow 17-23 road loss to Ole Miss’ incredible defense. While the win over Arkansas was thoroughly unimpressive with a one-point victory, Alabama reminded the entire college football world that they are one of the best with a 59-0 blowout over the #21 Texas A&M Aggies. The Tide will have a bye after this game to prepare for the deciding stretch of game of the season with #24 LSU, #1 Mississippi State, and the fateful Iron Bowl against #5 Auburn at the end of the season.
The Tennessee Vols have lost 4 of their last 5 with their only 3 wins coming against non-conference opponents. The 3 of the 4 losses were against ranked opponents – Oklahoma, Georgia and Ole Miss – and the loss to Florida was an embarrassing 9-10 loss at home. Needless to say, “Home Sweet Home” may not feel so sweet having to take on an eager, dominant Alabama team.
Prediction: Alabama – After seeing what the Crimson Tide were able to do against Texas A&M and one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, it’s only natural to suspect that Alabama can pull off a similar feat against a clearly inferior team. If the win is dominating enough and either Ole Miss or Mississippi State struggle this weekend, the Tide could even move up in the rankings – something head coach Nick Saban is no doubt eager to achieve.