CFB analyst explains why he's picking Tennessee to upset Alabama
CBS Sports college football analyst Barrett Sallee didn’t make any friends with the fanatics in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday.
Sallee joined “The Matt McClearin Show” on WJOX to talk about Saturday afternoon’s battle of unbeatens between No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Tennessee in Knoxville. The Crimson Tide have won 15 in a row in the rivalry, but Sallee sees the streak finally ending at Neyland Stadium.
He sees a Tennessee victory that would hand Nick Saban his first loss to the Vols since he arrived in Tuscaloosa.
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The Crimson Tide might have to play again without injured star quarterback Bryce Young, who sat out last Saturday’s win over Texas A&M with an AC sprain in his right shoulder.
Backup quarterback Jalen Milroe played well in spurts, throwing 3 touchdown passes against the Aggies, but he struggled at other times, losing 2 fumbles that handed Texas A&M 2 touchdowns. Sallee sees the uncertainty at quarterback as a big weakness that Bama won’t be able to overcome.
“Alabama is in a situation offensively where, OK, you can’t trust Jalen Milroe to get into a shootout, and Bryce Young is probably not going to be 100 percent if he plays,” Sallee said.
The Tide got away with Milroe’s struggles last week, but Sallee doesn’t think they can this Saturday against the surging Vols.
“Tennessee is fully capable of, you know, jumping on a team and basically erasing a game plan in a matter of a couple of drives,” Sallee said. “I think Alabama’s offense is going to struggle a little bit, and the game is not going to be played the way Alabama needs it to be played.”