The Crimson Tide’s fifth conference game is set for Saturday Oct. 21 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Here’s the info you need for the game:
Kickoff Time: 2:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Radio: 102.9 FM
Line: Alabama by 34
Need To Know
Alabama’s clear bag policy is in effect. Clear plastic totes are not to exceed 12″x 6″x 12″. Fans are permitted to bring a one-gallon clear plastic bag or a small clutch/purse not to exceed 4.5″x 6.5″. Backpacks, large purses, camera bags, diaper bags and other non-clear bags are not permitted.
Gates open two hours prior to kickoff.
Roger Shultz and Thomas Rayam will be available for autographs at the Paul W. Bryant Musueum from 10-11 a.m. Shultz and Rayam were All-SEC offensive lineman at Alabama in the early 90s.
Players To Watch
Key Stat: Jacobs had a season-high nine carries last week against Arkansas.
Jacobs missed the first two weeks of the season with hamstring injury, but has seen his touches gradually increase as the season continues. Last week against the Razorbacks Jacobs touched the ball 11 different times, nine times on the ground and twice through the air, combining for 75 total yards from scrimmage. The sophomore averaged 6.3 yards per carry against the Volunteers last season, and should see a significant number of snaps once again.
Key Stat: Harrison had a season-high 10 tackles last week against Arkansas.
All signs point to Harrison having a huge game against the Volunteers. The junior has had two-straight games with at least eight tackles, and last year against Tennessee Harrison led the team with seven takedowns. One of his two career touchdowns also came in Knoxville last season when he took an interception 58 yards for a score. It’s been three weeks since the safety forced a turnover, look for that to change against the Volunteers.
Key Stat: Evans had 3.5 tackles for loss last week against Arkansas.
Evans got his first two sacks of the season last week against the Razorbacks, which is not an easy task when 6-foot-7, 268-pound Cole Kelley is playing quarterback. The senior has slowly improved his performance since returning from the groin injury he suffered against Florida State. His six total tackles against Arkansas is a season-high, but he will ample opportunity to improve on that number against the conference’s worst offense.
Key Stat: Kelly has 113 carries for 552 yards this season.
Tennessee is last in the conference in total offense, but the Volunteers are 11th out of 14 in rushing yards. A big part of that is Kelly, who has found the end zone six times this season. The junior is his team’s workhorse. In every game this season Kelly has carried the ball at least 16 times, but that’s not all, the junior also has the hands to catch the ball out of the backfield. The Volunteers will need to get Kelly going this week after he has failed to reach the 100-yard mark in two-consecutive games.
Key Stat: Jumper leads Tennessee with seven tackles for loss this season.
If Tennessee wants to slow down the conference’s top offense it will need to find ways to put the Crimson Tide in third-and-long situations. Jumper leads Tennessee in both tackles for loss and sacks, so it’s likely he will be the man to spotlight when Alabama lines up on offense. The Volunteers rank No. 63 in the FBS in team tackles for loss.
Key Stat: Callaway is averaging 19 yards per reception this season.
Don’t let Callaway’s limited usage fool you, he is still the most important receiver for Tennessee against the Crimson Tide. The sophomore is the Volunteers’ best big-play threat, and made his return last week against South Carolina after sitting out practice during the bye week with a whiplash injury. He leads the team in touchdown receptions, and falls just 15 yards shy of 250 yards despite catching just 12 passes this season. If the Volunteers can’t string together long drives, look for them to turn to Callaway to help pick up big chunks.