Figuring out how to beat a Nick Saban-coached team isn’t an easy proposition.

“Coached” is the operative word in this scenario. Alabama is extremely good in this capacity. The Crimson Tide rarely commit self-inflicted wounds. It’s also a team rooted in running the football, playing hard-nosed defense, and possessing terrific energy.

Tennessee gets the privilege (or misfortune) of hosting No. 1 Alabama this weekend in Knoxville. This game is immensely significant. It pits two top-10 teams against each other, and could very well represent a preview of the eventual SEC Title Game in Atlanta.

ESPN senior inside KC Joyner believes Tennessee’s best shot at beating Alabama is to turn the game into a shootout.


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Statistically speaking, Joyner may be on to something.

Whilst appearing on ‘The Paul Finebaum Show’ Joyner alluded to multiple statistical findings.

Alabama is 5-4 in its last nine games when both the Crimson Tide and the opponent score at least 24 points. It’s an interesting statistic, to say the least. Alabama has won two such games this season.

As opposed to playing a grinding-it-out, slow, physical contest, the Volunteers may look to open up things offensively and attack vertically against a questionable and vulnerable Alabama secondary.