UT-Bama matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of Tennessee and Alabama, who collide Saturday night at 7:45 in Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1151
Site: Knoxville
Date: Oct. 25
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Crimson Tide - Saban


Vols

Crimson Tide
OLCOMMENTSOL

Tide center Antoine Caldwell and tackle Andre Smith might be the two best blockers in the SEC. Both are All-America type players.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Tennessee's Nick Stephens is a sophomore who has started three games. Bama's John Parker Wilson is a senior who has started three years.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

The Tide's Glen Coffee has almost as many yards (760) as UT's trio of Arian Foster (381), Montario Hardesty (199) and Lennon Creer (186) combined.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

He's only a freshman but Bama's Julio Jones is the best receiver in this game, especially with UT's Gerald Jones slowed by a high-ankle sprain.


Vols

Crimson Tide
DLCOMMENTSDL

With Bama's 365-pound Terrence (Mount) Cody sidelined and UT's Walter Fisher due back, the Vols get a deadlock in this category.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Ellix Wilson is having a superb year but UT's other backers are non-factors. Bama's Rolando McClain is a stud.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Bama's Javier Arenas is a spectacular talent but Tennessee coordinator John Chavis says Eric Berry and Demetrice Morley might be the two best safeties in college football.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UT's Britton Colquitt (46.4-yard average) is better than Bama's P.J. Fitzgerald (41.6) but Bama's Leigh Tiffin (10 of 14 FGs) is better than UT's Daniel Lincoln (7 of 12)


Vols

Crimson Tide
INTANGIBLES

Tennessee has the home-field advantage and is coming off its first good showing of 2008. The Tide has the pressure of being unbeaten and ranked No. 2 nationally.

PREDICTION

Bama is a hardnosed, run-oriented team that's a lot like Mississippi State ... except roughly twice as talented. Bama 24, Tennessee 17


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