Alabama (7-0, 4-0) is next up for Tennessee (3-3, 1-2 SEC).
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The “Third Saturday in October” rivalry series will renew Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) at Neyland Stadium.
Alabama has won 11 straight against the Vols and leads the all-time series 55-38-7.
Tennessee took down No. 21 Auburn on Saturday.
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The biggest question for the Tide is the health of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the midseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy.
Tagovailoa exited during the third quarter against Missouri with a knee injury. Nick Saban said afterward that Tagovailoa tweaked his knee and could have re-entered if needed.
Tagovailoa is 88-of-123 passing (71.5 percent) for 1,760 yards with 21 touchdowns and no interceptions.
His backup is a household name, too. Jalen Hurts is 37-of-50 (74 percent) for 568 yards with five TDs and one interception. Hurts posted a 24-2 career record as Alabama’s starter the past two seasons before Tagovailoa surpassed him on the depth chart this season.
Najee Harris leads Alabama with 439 rushing yards on 69 carries. He has four TDs. Jerry Jeudy (26 receptions, 705 yards, nine TDs) is the team’s top receiver.
This isn’t Saban’s finest defense. Even so, opponents are averaging just 15.1 points. Safety Deionte Thompson leads the Tide with 40 tackles, and he has two of the team’s 12 interceptions.
Alabama has a 16-5 advantage in takeaways.
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