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How the National Media is Picking Tennessee-Alabama

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No. 6 Tennessee will host No. 3 Alabama in a heavyweight clash in Knoxville this weekend.

With just over 24 hours until No. 6 Tennessee hosts No. 3 Alabama in Knoxville, there are predictions, previews, and picks flying around the internet here on Friday afternoon.

Tennessee and Alabama is undoubtedly the biggest game across the college football landscape this weekend, even with some stout competition from other conferences. Still, though, with College GameDay in town for the Top 25 SEC matchup, all eyes will be on Rocky Top.

Here’s a look at how some of the top experts from around the college football world are predicting the game this Saturday. Click the respective link for more information on that selection.

Tennessee-Alabama: Three Keys: Crimson Tide Rolls Into Knoxville For Top 10 Matchup

USA Today

  • Scooby Axson: Tennessee
  • Jace Evans: Tennessee
  • Paul Myerberg: Alabama
  • Erick Smith: Alabama
  • Eddie Timanus: Tennessee
  • Dan Wolken: Alabama

CBS Sports – Barrett Sallee

  • Pick: Tennessee +7.5
  • “Take Tennessee and the points, but you might want to consider a “money line sprinkle” on this one. Even if Young plays, it’s unlikely that he will be 100%. If Alabama’s offense bogs down, or even if it has just a few empty possessions, the Vols will have a chance to win this one outright. That is exactly what I think will happen. Hooker will make a massive Heisman Trophy statement in what will be the biggest win for Tennessee in a generation.”

Sports Illustrated

  • John Garcia: Alabama
  • Richard Johnson: Alabama
  • Pat Forde: Tennessee
  • Ross Dellenger: Alabama
  • Molly Geary: Alabama

Saturday Down South – Mark Nagi

  • Pick: Alabama 38, Tennessee 34
  • “This will be Tennessee’s best chance to beat Alabama since 2006. I just can’t bring myself to pick the Vols to beat the Crimson Tide until I actually see it happen with my own eyes.”

ESPN SP+ Predictions

  • Pick: Alabama 33, Tennessee 28

The Athletic

  • Brody Miller: Tennessee
  • Austin Mock: Alabama
  • Dan Santaromita: Tennessee
  • Chris Vannini: Tennessee
  • Ari Wasserman: Tennessee

BONUS! Rocky Top Insider Predictions

  • Ric Butler: Tennessee 31, Alabama 28
  • Ryan Schumpert: Alabama 34, Tennessee 27

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