UT-Bama matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position comparison of Tennessee and Alabama, who collide Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa:

Game #: 1162
Site: Tuscaloosa
Date: Oct. 24
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Crimson Tide - Saban


Crimson Tide

The possible return of Vladimir Richard bodes well for Tennessee. Bama's rushing stats suggest the Tide isn't doing too badly without Andre Smith and Antoine Caldwell, though.


Jonathan Crompton is coming off the best game of his career; Bama's Greg McElroy is coming off two bad outings in a row after a terrific start.


Each team has a superior starter (Montario Hardesty, Mark Ingram) backed by a freshman sensation (Bryce Brown, Trent Richardson). This one's simply too close to call.


Tennessee's wideout corps is much improved now that Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore are healthy but neither is in the class with Bama's Julio Jones.


Crimson Tide

Tennessee's front four has held up surprisingly well but the Tide's Terrence Cody (6-5, 354) might be the NCAA's premier run stuffer.


UT's Rico McCoy is having a fine fall and Savion Frazier is maturing in the middle. Still, Bama's Rolando McClain might be the best 'backer in college football.


The Tide's Javier Arenas is a quality defensive back but he's no Eric Berry. Berry also has a good supporting cast.

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Arenas is brilliant, averaging 27.8 yards on kickoff returns and 16.9 yards on punt returns. Tennessee's special-teams play has been abysmal.


Crimson Tide

Alabama has the home-field advantage and a newly earned No. 1 national ranking to protect. Tennessee has nothing to lose and is coming off an open date.


Beating the top-ranked team in America on its home field is the toughest challenge a team can face. UT isn't quite up to that challenge yet.

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