1 Alabama 38
9 Tennessee 41
Before the 2016 college football season started I predicted that the Tennessee Volunteers would represent the Southeastern Conference in the playoffs this year. So far they have survived every huge game this season, except last week’s gut-wrench loss against the resurgent Aggies of Texas A&M.
They will have a chance to redeem themselves against the reigning defending National Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Last year the Vols almost pulled off the upset against the Tide last season, until they failed to slam the door shut in the fourth quarter of the football game.
Joshua Dobbs and the Vols must figure out a way to seal the deal if they are in a similar situation in this year’s contest. Dobbs has matured into one of the Southeastern Conference’s premier signal callers. He can add another breathtaking memory during his time in a Volunteer uniform if he can lead them to a victory over the Crimson Tide this Saturday.
In regards to Alabama, a lot is at stake this weekend. They must leave Knoxville, with a win this Saturday to remain on top in the SEC West. If the Tide lose against the Vols followed by another defeat next week against the Aggies, they can find themselves out the playoff race this season.
They also will have to deal with an underachieving LSU football team that is under new leadership in interim head coach Ed Orgeron. However, we should not be under the impression that Nick Saban will not have his guys prepared for the daunting tasks ahead.
My prediction for this football game is that this will be a high-scoring affair in which Alabama will lose their first game of the college football season. Their defense has not fared well against some of the heavyweights in the SEC this season, even though they left the field victorious.
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