Get to know your opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide

Tennessee hasn't beaten Alabama since Oct. 21, 2006.

KNOXVILLE - No. 9 Tennessee looks to get back into the win column on Saturday afternoon at home against No.1 Alabama.

The Vols have won seven consecutive games at Neyland Stadium despite the 45-38 road loss to Texas A&M.

Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since Oct. 21, 2006, when head coach Mike Shula was in the last season of his four-year tenure at Alabama.

Here’s what you need to know about the Crimson Tide this season:

Editor's Note: The AP Top 25 Poll was used for the rankings in this story.

Overview: The Crimson Tide have the longest active win streak in FBS with 18 consecutive victories. Alabama forced five turnovers in a 49-30 victory against Arkansas on Saturday.

Tennessee had the second-longest active win streak at 11 games prior to the loss to Texas A&M.

Alabama and Texas A&M are the only two undefeated left in the SEC. The Crimson Tide and Aggies are scheduled to play Oct. 22.

Date: Oct. 15

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time


Site: Neyland Stadium


Nickname: Crimson Tide

2016 Record: 6-0 (3-0 SEC)

Coach: Nick Saban

Series against UT: Alabama leads the all-time series 53-38-7. The Crimson Tide beat the Vols 19-14 last season.

Alabama also leads the series for games played in Knoxville at 24-20-1.

Tennessee's opponents have a combined record of 25-8 this season. Alabama's opponents have compiled a 18-17 record.


Things to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide

1. Tennessee last beat a team coached by Nick Saban in 2001: Saban has never lost to Tennessee since he took over as coach at Alabama in January 2007.

The 2007 season was the only season Alabama failed to win at least 10 games in Saban's tenure as head coach.

A win against Tennessee would tie Saban’s best winning streak while at Alabama. The Crimson Tide won 19 straight games between the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Tennessee has beaten a team coached by Saban before. Tennessee beat Saban’s LSU Tigers by a score of 26-18 on Sept. 29, 2001.

Saban did manage to beat Tennessee while at LSU in a 31-20 win on Dec. 8, 2001, and in a 38-31 overtime win on Sept. 30, 2000.

Tennessee is 1-11 against teams coached by Saban.

2. Alabama starts a true freshman at quarterback: Jalen Hurts is a duel-threat quarterback. Here's look at the game logs for his passing and rushing statistics.

Hurts is tied for fourth in the SEC with nine passing touchdowns, and is tied for third in the SEC with five rushing touchdowns.

Hurts has made five starts and appeared in six games this season.

Blake Barnett began the season against Southern California as the team's starter. Barnett is no longer with the program since announcing his intentions to transfer once Saban named Hurts the starter.

Hurts is the first Alabama true freshman to start at quarterback since Vince Sutton in 1984.

Sophomore wide receiver Calvin Ridley leads Alabama with 34 receptions (second-best in the SEC) and 412 receiving yards (fourth-best in the SEC).

3. Alabama is the top scoring team in the SEC: The Crimson Tide average 44.8 points per game this season, which is first in the SEC and sixth in the country.

Alabama already has nine non-offensive touchdowns through six games this season.

Last season’s championship team had 10 non-offensive touchdowns in 15 games.

"I think this is the best Alabama team we've faced since we've been here," Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said.

4. Crimson Tide dominant on defense: Alabama allows only 15.8 points per game, which ranks third in the SEC and 11th in the country.

The Crimson Tide allow 69.2 rushing yards per game, which is the lowest among 128 teams in the FBS.

Minkah Fitzpatrick’s 100-yard interception return along with Tim Williams’ 23-yard fumble recovery at Arkansas last weekend marked the 54th and 55th non-offensive touchdowns of the Saban era and the eighth and ninth for the Crimson Tide this season.

The Crimson Tide have a plus-five turnover margin, while the Vols have a minus-three turnover margin.

Alabama has a defensive efficiency rating of 97.8, the second-highest rating for a team through six games in the last 10 seasons behind only the 2012 Alabama team, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

5. "Third Saturday in October" rivalry resumes: The rivalry between Tennessee and Alabama is traditionally called the "third Saturday in October." However, the game hasn't been played on the third Saturday in October since Oct. 20, 2012.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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