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Alabama vs. Tennessee: How The Two Teams Stack Up

When it comes to SEC football it doesn't get much bigger than Alabama vs. Tennessee. Let's take a look at how these two teams stack up against one another.

This Saturday marks the third Saturday in October, the annual date in which the Alabama vs. Tennessee battle takes place.

Alabama has not surprised anyone this season as it holds the No. 1 spot in every poll while the Vols have shocked the college football world in a way simply due to the fashion in which they have been able to win games.

A brief overview of the two teams:


  • Record: 6-0, 3-0 SEC
  • National ranking: No. 1 (AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll)
  • ESPN FPI ranking: No. 2
  • Best win: at Ole Miss, 48-43, on Sept. 17


  • Record: 5-1, 2-1 SEC
  • National ranking: No. 9, No. 11 (AP Poll, Coaches’ Poll)
  • ESPN FPI ranking: No. 12
  • Best win: vs. Florida, 38-28, on Sept. 24

Tennessee's Offense vs. Alabama's Defense

  • Tennessee ranks 34th in the nation in offensive efficiency.
  • The Crimson Tide has the No. 1 ranked defense in the country in terms of efficiency.
  • When it comes to yards per game, Tennessee is 51st in the country averaging 432 yards per game. Alabama's defense is allowing just 15.8 points per contest, the 11th best average in the nation.
  • The Vols rank 50th in the FBS in rushing yards per game with 192.5 and when it comes to their passing game, they rank 62nd in the country with 239.5 yards per contest.
  • Alabama's pass defense ranks 61st as it gives up 223.3 yard per game through the air. It's rush defense is by far the best in the country allowing just 69.2 yards on the ground per game.

Advantage: Crimson Tide.

Alabama's Offense vs. Tennessee's Defense

  • Alabama's offense is the 24th most efficient offense in the country.
  • Tennessee's defense sits 34th in the nation in defensive efficiency.
  • The Crimson Tide have averaged the 24th most yards per game with 490 while Tennessee's defense sits 66th in the nation allowing 399 yards per game.
  • Alabama is averaging 270 yards per game on the ground which is tied for 20th most in the FBS. Tennessee is allowing 183 rushing yards per game which puts the Vols at 86th in the nation.
  • Alabama's passing offense sits 47th in the country throwing for 252.8 yards per game. The Vols ranks 49th in the country as they are allowing 216.3 yards through the air per game.

Advantage: Crimson Tide.

Alabama's special teams vs. Tennessee's special teams

  • Tennessee has the 43rd most-efficient special teams unit in the country.
  • Alabama has the 45th most-efficient special teams unit in the country
  • Tennessee is averaging 24.1 yards per kickoff return while the Crimson Tide is averaging 20.6.
  • Alabama has returned two punts for touchdowns while Tennessee has not run one back this season.
  • Alabama's field goal unit has gone 8-for-11 on the year (72.7%) with it's longest field goal coming from 48 yards. Tennessee's unit has gone 5-for-7 (71.4%) with a long of 39 yards.

Advantage: Vols, slightly.

It's not a surprise to see Alabama leading Tennessee in most statistical categories, but it is worth noting that this game will be played in a rocking Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide have won nine straight against the Vols.