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Tennessee Volunteers v. Alabama Crimson Tide: open game thread

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October 20 , 2007, 12:30 p.m. EST
TV: Lincoln Financial Sports
Radio: Vol Network
Internet Audio (game time): UTSports.com
XM Radio: 144
Phone Broadcast: TeamLine
Live Stats: RollTide.com

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No. 20 (BlogPoll)

NR (BlogPoll)

 

Tennessee rush
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Alabama defense
Tennessee pass
v.
Alabama defense
Alabama rush
v.
Tennessee defense
Alabama pass
v.
Tennessee defense
62 25 66 70
40 36 45 62
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Field Goals
Tennessee punting
v.
Alabama punt return
Alabama punting
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Tennessee punt return
Intangibles
T-6 56 89  
T-17 9 82  
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Yikes. Well, perhaps the respective schedules make the numbers look better:

ALABAMA
DATE
OPPONENT
RESULT/TIME
09/01 W Carolina 52-6
09/08 at Vanderbilt 24-10
09/15 #16 Arkansas 41-38
09/22 #22 Georgia 26-23
09/29 at Florida St 21-14
10/06 Houston 30-24
10/13 at Ole Miss 27-24
TENNESSEE
DATE
OPPONENT
RESULT/TIME
09/01 at #12 California 45-31
09/08 So Miss 39-19
09/15 at #5 Florida 59-20
09/22 Arkansas St 48-27
10/06 #12 Georgia 35-14
10/13 at Miss St 33-21

Okay, so two losses each, ours to #12 Cal and #5 Florida and theirs to #22 Georgia (who we beat badly) and unranked FSU. One win versus a ranked team each, ours a blowout over #12 Georgia and theirs in a close one over #16 Arkansas. The other games: wins over Southern Miss, Arkansas State, and Mississippi State for us and wins over Western Carolina, Vanderbilt, Houston, and Ole Miss for them.

Call it a slightly better schedule for the Vols, but when our only advantages are in field goals and in the passing game, there is cause for concern, and with a new no-nonsense sheriff in T-Town, Fulmer's stranglehold on the Crimson Tide may be at its end. Still, Tennessee is trending upward and may be a better team than its cumulative season stats indicate.

With the crazy schedule this week, I never got around to opening the voting for the Hail Mary Haiku, so I'm just going to pick a winner myself this week. Congrats to ttocswob again this week for Tiedyed:

Tiedyed
Touchdown, Tennessee!
Then they are tied - overtime!
Turnover! ....Tide died!
by ttocswob

Hmm, this is a pick 'em, and I'm going with the team trending upward: Vols, 24-21.

Leave your predictions and pre-, in-, and post-game thoughts below.

Go Vols!