Tennessee at Alabama NCAA Football Betting Lines, Odds & Vegas Predictions (10/19/19)
Tennessee Volunteers at Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA Football Matchup
It’s Jeremy Pruitt’s turn.
No. 1 Alabama dispatched another former Nick Saban assistant, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, last week and the latest underling-turned-rival gets his crack when Pruitt and his Tennessee Volunteers visit Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night.
Two lengthy streaks are on the line: Former Saban assistants have come to bat against him 18 times and all have whiffed; the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) also has won a dozen straight in this traditional interstate rivalry.
So Pruitt is representing the Volunteers (2-4, 1-2), but also in a way all the ex-Saban assistants turned head coaches. The Tide coach has already faced two this season in Fisher and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp and neither mustered much of a challenge.
That’s just a minor subplot in this one.
”This is the rivalry, this is the game,” said Pruitt, a former Alabama player and assistant.
Alabama is a 34-point favorite to extend both streaks. Saban says this sort of rivalry game is part of every player’s legacy.
TIME & DATE: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 19, 2019
LOCATION: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV CHANNEL: ESPN
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NCAAF Picks: Alabama -34½