Alabama travels to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers in a game scheduled for 7:30 PM ET that will air on ESPN2.
Four years after leaving Tennessee to become USC’s Head Coach following Pete Carrolls’ departure from Southern Cal to coach the Seattle Seahawks there is still a palpable hatred for Alabama’s Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin.
I expect there will be a lot of commotion in the beginning of the game considering Kiffin’s mom told CBS Sports, “I’m scared to death for his safety…I want him to be in the press box.”
Knowing that Vols fans are going to be on Kiffin like stink on manure, Head Coach Nick Saban has indicated Kiffin will be on the sidelines with him during the game. The Alabama State Police, who have had a presence protecting Bama’s coaching staff since the days of the legendary Bear Bryant, will have their hands full I’m sure.
No. 4 Alabama is coming off its 59-0 annihilation of Texas A&M and the Vols were stung in their 34-3 loss to Ole Miss last week. The game looks like it will be lop-sided in favor of my beloved Crimson Tide.
Alabama has struggled on the road. The Vols will be motivated to stop Amari Cooper’s running game and intimidate QB Blake Sims. The season is past the halfway point and the game has implications for a potential bowl game.
Given the emotions surrounding Kiffin’s return to Knoxville, this should be a good game.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
And since no football post would be complete without pom-poms, please enjoy this photograph of a Bama beauty twirling her baton.