Vols open as double-digit home underdogs to Alabama

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    (Photo courtesy of Tennessee Athletics Communication)

    Tennessee has opened as home underdogs in next Saturday’s matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Tennessee (2-2) is a 17-point underdog to No. 2 Alabama (4-0) according to the line released by Circa Sports at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

    The Vols have lost two games in a row and are coming off of a 34-7 loss to Kentucky on Saturday. Kentucky won its first game in Knoxville since 1984 courtesy of four Tennessee turnovers, two of which were Jarrett Guarantano pick-sixes.

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    Tennessee is facing serious quarterback issues following Saturday’s performance. Guarantano finished 14-of-21 for 88 yards and no touchdowns to go along with his two interceptions. JT Shrout got an opportunity off the bench and immediately thew an interception on his first offensive series. True freshman Harrison Bailey made his debut on the final offensive series of the game for the Vols. Bailey was 1-of-4 for 24 yards.

    Alabama is coming off of a 41-24 win over No. 3 Georgia at home on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide tallied 564 yards of offense against a very talented Bulldogs defense.

    Alabama quarterback Mac Jones finished the game 24-of-32 for 417 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Wide receiver Devontae Smith caught 11 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns while fellow receiver Jaylen Waddle had six catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. Running back Najee Harris rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.

    The Crimson Tide defense picked off Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett three times.

    Kickoff between the Vols and Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.

    1 COMMENT

    1. Thanks for having this fan site–where we can comment without having to pay for it! The Vols appear to lack the confidence to win. Their offense is the reason–the QB play has been absolutely awful and a change must be made now!! The critics say that Tennessee has talent–where is it? If the talent doesn’t translate into winning football then it is not being developed or it is not there. I have been watching football since the late 1950″s and I have seen many so called talented teams and players fail. Currently the offense is failing the team–causing the lack of confidence. The current QB–JG–should be benched. Since he is the offensive leader the failure is totally his–no matter who else they try to blame. To rebound a decent game against Alabama is necessary. However I don’t think that Tennessee can stay within the early line–17 points. We will see and thanks!!

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