Vols, Tide a good matchup

On paper, at least, Saturday night's Tennessee-Alabama football games shapes up as tight struggle. Statistically, the two teams are virtually deadlocked.

The Vols average 29.2 points per game ... Bama 30.9.

The Vols average 404.3 total yards per game ... Bama 419.7.

The Vols allow 18.3 points per game ... Bama 18.7.

The Vols allow 304.8 total yards per game ... Bama 265.9.

The key differences are in how the teams compile their yardage.

Tennessee is more productive in the passing game (264 yards per game to 193), while Bama is more productive in the run game (226.7 yards per game to 140.3).

Defensively, Alabama is a little more successful than Tennessee at stopping both the run (83.1 yards per game to 109.7) and the pass (182.7 yards per game to 195.2).


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