FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. #1 Alabama

TENNESSEE (3-3) vs. #1 ALABAMA (6-0)
October 20, 2012   |   7 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Saturday's game marks the 95th all-time meeting between Tennessee and Alabama. UT is 37-49-8 vs. the Tide in the all-time series.

  • UT's 37 wins against Alabama are more than any other team in the NCAA.

  • Alabama has won the last five consecutive meetings since 2007. The last win for the Vols over the Tide was 16-13 in 2006 in Knoxville.
  • Tennessee won a series-best seven consecutive meetings from 1995-2001, and no other school has beaten Alabama seven consecutive times.

  • The Vols will attempt to reverse a recent trend in which they have scored 17 or fewer points in the last eight games vs. Alabama and 10 or fewer points in the last four meetings. Alabama has averaged 32 points per game in the last five games vs. the Vols.

Top-Flight Offense

  • UT ranks third in the SEC and 22nd nationally in both total offense at 482.3 yards per game (2,894 total yards) and passing offense at 299.0 yards per game.
  • The 2,894 yards of total offense marks the highest total through six games in Tennessee history.
  • The Vols have also scored 228 points, the third-highest total through six games for Tennessee in the last 100 years, eclipsed only by the six-game totals in 1990 (253) and 1993 (244).

Ground Game Success

  • The Vols are averaging 183.3 yards rushing per game in 2012, an increase of 93.2 yards per game more than and almost double last season's final total of 90.1 rushing yards per game.
  • UT is averaging 94.1 rushing yards more per game than through six games in 2011, more than double the 89.2 rushing yards per game at the same point last year.
  • The Vols have played four BCS schools thus far in 2012. Tennessee is averaging 171 yards rushing in those four games, slightly more than a 100 yards per game increase over the 70.4 rushing yards per game the Vols averaged vs. BCS opponents in 2011.
  • Tennessee rushed for 213 yards at Mississippi State, the first 200-yard rushing game on the road for the Vols since 2009 at Kentucky and only the fifth in an SEC road game for UT in the last nine seasons.
  • The Vols have rushed for at least 184 yards in five of six games in 2012 after doing so only once in 2011.

A Tennessee Win Would...

  • Represent the first win over a No. 1-ranked team for the Vols since defeating No. 1 Auburn, 38-20, at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 28, 1985. Tennessee is 2-9 all-time vs. No. 1-ranked teams, with the last meeting being a 38-7 loss to then-No. 1 LSU on Oct. 15, 2011.
  • Allow the Vols to snap Alabama's five-game winning streak in the series.
  • Mark the 798th victory in UT history, two wins shy of becoming the eighth program to reach 800 wins.
  • Give UT its first win over a ranked team since beating No. 21 South Carolina, 31-13, on Oct. 31, 2009.

Game Notes





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