UT is best against West

If Saturday's game goes according to form, Tennessee will beat the visiting Alabama Crimson Tide. That's because Bama represents the SEC West, and no one fares better against teams from the West than the Big Orange.

According to stats released Wednesday by the UT Sports Information Office, Tennessee stands 28-9-1 against Western Division foes since the Southeastern Conference adopted a divisional format in 1992. If you count three SEC Championship Games the Vols have competed in, Tennessee is 30-10-1.

The Big Orange's record against the West looks even more impressive when one considers that the Western Division boasts a 116-107-3 head-to-head record against the Eastern Division .

Vol head man Phillip Fulmer isn't surprised that the Vols hold the upper hand vs. Western Division teams.

''We play consistently good football against most everyone,'' Fulmer said in a statement released by the sports information office. ''There's no reason we would not have an outstanding record against teams from the West, just like we have against teams from the East.''

The Vols are 1-1 against the West this year, losing to Auburn and beating Mississippi. The only time Fulmer failed to post a winning record against his three Western opponents was 1994, when he went 1-2 -- beating Arkansas but losing to Mississippi State and Alabama.

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