The Tennessee Volunteers (3-4) host the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The Vols are coming off a a 34-3 loss to No. 3 Ole Miss. The Tide look to extend their annual winning streak that began in 2007. Here’s a look at the temperature for Tennessee heading into Saturday’s game.


Derek Barnett was the first true freshman in school history to open the season at starting defensive end. On Saturday, the former Brentwood Academy standout recorded a season-best 10 tackles and two sacks. Barnett leads Tennessee with 3.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss through his first seven career games.


A.J. Johnson leads the Southeastern Conference with 78 total tackles.  The senior recorded 10 tackles against Ole Miss and has recorded at least nine in each game this season. Johnson is having a career season and is a serious candidate for SEC Defensive Player of the Year.


Justin Worley saw his worst performance of the season against the Rebels’ “Landshark Defense.” The senior threw for 191 yards and three interceptions on 19-of-34 passing, while also fumbling once. Worley forced several passes into double and triple coverage, halting Tennessee’s offense from making any progress.


Tennessee’s offensive line allowed seven sacks on Saturday. Six different Rebels recorded sacks on Saturday. Marquis Haynes finished with a team-best 2.5. Deterrian Shackelford, Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche and C.J. Johnson each had a sack, while Channing Ward recorded an assisted sack.

The Vols returned zero starters on the line from the previous season and their lack of experience has shown throughout the season. The offensive line has allowed 4.3 sacks per game and is tied for second worst in the FBS. The line should continue to struggle against a dominant Alabama defense coming off a big shutout win.