Tennessee vs. Alabama College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions

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Bryce Young #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

With Hendon Hooker injured and potentially out for their game against Alabama, does Tennessee have a chance to even keep this game close against the Crimson Tide, on the road?

Read on to look at the NCAAF odds so that you make the right NCAAF pick.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 07:00 PM EDT at Bryant-Denny Stadium

The Tennessee Volunteers lost a controversial game against the Ole Miss Rebels last week. It was a tough 31-26 defeat for the Vols and things are only about to get worse from here on out.

Tennessee will have to travel to take on Alabama, a 6-1 team that has absolutely dominated most opponents this year. The Crimson Tide defeated Mississippi State last week 49-9, in response to a shocking loss against Texas A&M the week before, on the road.

Alabama’s defense looked prepared against Mississippi State and the offense looked lethal. At the end of the day, however, Alabama does have some weaknesses on this Crimson Tide team and have already been shocked once this season.

The pass protection hasn’t been great for Alabama, despite earning 316.1 passing yards per game this season. Still, it won’t mean much against Tennessee as Alabama is averaging 45 points per game.

Defensively, Alabama is allowing 20.1 points per game, which isn’t bad, but for Alabama standards, Nick Saban would absolutely like to see that number trickle down. The Crimson Tide are allowing just 303.4 yards per game on the defensive end and have looked elite in coverage this season.

The rushing defense has also allowed just 93.3 yards per game this season and has been just as good.

Currently, Alabama has the Heisman award favorite in Bryce Young, who has thrown for 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions while already surpassing 2,000 yards passing. Meanwhile, running back Brian Robinson Jr. is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has already reached 599 yards rushing on 116 attempts this year along with eight touchdowns.

On the other hand, Tennessee’s looked much better offensively than years passed. Behind Hendon Hooker, the Vols are averaging 39.3 points per game. Hooker has thrown for 14 touchdowns and just one interception but was unfortunately injured late in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss. He had to be helped off the field and wasn’t able to put weight on his right leg.

There’s no update on Hooker as of now. If he’s unable to go, it’ll be Joe Milton under center for Tennessee, which would set the Vols back big time in this game against Alabama and for future games if Hooker remains sidelined.

Prediction

With no news on Hooker, it’s hard to make a prediction on this game. If Hooker was 100 percent healthy, I would believe the Vols had a chance to at least cover the spread and score points.

With Milton under center, I would have absolutely no faith in the Vols to score points and would believe Alabama would beat up on the Vols, at home.

For my NCAAF pick, with the uncertainty of Hooker, I’ll take Alabama against the spread, despite the line sitting at 27.5. At this point, Hooker could play but he won’t be 100 percent regardless.

NCAAF Pick: Alabama -27.5 (-110) via Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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