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Oct. 26, 2013 | 3:30 p.m. ET
Bryant-Denny Stadium | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
TV: CBS | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Premier Ch. 91, XM Ch. 91
Online: CBSSports.com, Live Audio, GameTracker

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AT FIRST GLANCE - #1 ALABAMA

  • Saturday marks the 96th all-time meeting between Tennessee and Alabama. UT is 38-50-7 vs. the Tide in the series, including losses in six consecutive meetings. The last Tennessee win was a 16-13 victory in 2006 in Knoxville.
  • Tennessee won a series-best seven consecutive games over Alabama from 1995-2001, and no other school has defeated the Tide seven consecutive times.
  • The Vols will attempt to reverse a recent trend of scoring 17 or fewer points in the last nine meetings vs. the Tide, including 13 or fewer in the last five.

TENNESSEE UPSETS #11/9 SOUTH CAROLINA

  • The Vols improved to 23-7-2 all-time vs. South Carolina, including 15-2 at Neyland Stadium, with a 23-21 win over the No. 11-ranked Gamecocks on Oct. 19. South Carolina was also ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
  • Michael Palardy's 19-yard field goal as the clock expired was the first game-winning kick for UT since James Wilhoit's 50-yarder to beat Florida on Sept. 18, 2004.
  • It was the first win over a ranked opponent, and the first SEC win in October, since Oct. 31, 2009 vs. South Carolina (31-13), ending a streak of 19 consecutive losses to ranked teams starting with the Chick-fil-a Bowl loss to Virginia Tech on Dec. 31, 2009.
  • The victory also makred the first win over a Top 15-ranked opponent since Oct. 27, 2007 vs. South Carolina (27-24).
  • It was the first win over a USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 10-ranked opponent since a 51-33 win over No. 10 Georgia on Oct. 7, 2006 in Athens.
  • Tennessee has a winning record (4-3) through its first seven games for the first time since 2007 (4-3).

A TENNESSEE WIN WOULD...

  • Improve the Vols to 5-3 through eight games for the first since 2007.
  • Represent the first win over a No. 1-ranked team for the Vols since a 38-20 win over top-ranked Auburn on Sept. 28, 1985.
  • Improve Butch Jones to 55-30 (.647) in seven seasons as a head coach, while marking the 804th win in tennessee football history.
  • Snap a six-game losing streak to Alabama, a nine-game SEC road losing streak and improve the Vols to 5-6 in Tuscaloosa all-time.

AGAINST #1 TEAMS

  • The Vols are 2-10 all-time vs. No. 1-ranked teams (2-9 vs. AP #1 teams).
  • Tennessee's last win over a No. 1-ranked team was in 1985, a 38-20 win by an unranked Vols squad over Auburn at Neyland Stadium.
  • Both wins for UT over top-ranked teams were vs. SEC opponents, with the other happening on Nov. 7, 1959, a 14-13 win over LSU.
  • Tennessee is playing the No. 1 team in the nation for the third consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last five seasons (2012 vs. Albama, 2011 vs. LSU, 2009 at Alabama, 2009 at Florida).

SCHEDULE NOTES

  • Once again, Tennessee is playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation.
  • The Vols have played four ranked teams: at #2 Oregon, at #19 Florida, #6 Georgia, and #11 South Carolina, and UT's next three games are at #1 Alabama, at #5 Missouri, and vs. #11 Auburn.
  • If Missouri and Auburn remain ranked, UT will play seven ranked opponents (at time of game) during the regular season for the first time in school history.
  • With Missouri currently at #5 and Auburn sitting at #11, UT could tie the school record for most top 10 opponents in a season (five in 2005).
  • In 1991, UT played six ranked teams in the regular season (#21 UCLA, #23 Mississippi St., #13 Auburn, at # 10Florida, at #14 Alabama, at #5 Notre Dame), and played #6 Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl that year.

JONES BY THE NUMBERS

  • With the win over South Carolina, Butch Jones is now 9-1 as a head coach after an open week.
  • Teams coached by Jones are also now 43-2 when leading at halftime and 38-5 when leading after the first quarter
  • Jones' .955 winning pct. when leading at the half ranks sixth among all head coaches during the time span since he became a head coach in 2007 (Kyle Whittingham & Bill Snyder 1.000%, Jerry Kill .969, Urban Meyer, .964, Nick Saban, .958).

GROUND ATTACK

  • Tennessee has rushed for 1,412 through five games and is averaging 201.7 yards per game on the ground.
  • For the first time since the 1999 season the Vols have posted two games of 250 or more rushing yards through just five games. UT ran for 315 vs. Austin Peay (8/31) and 278 vs. South Alabama (9/28).
  • The Vols have rushed for 200-plus yards in three games this season, their most since 2009 (3) and equaling the combined total for the last three seasons (2 in 2012, 0 in 2011, 1 in 2010).
  • At the current pace, the Vols would finish the 2013 regular season with 2,420 rushing yards, which would be the most since a 2,536-yard output in 1998.
  • If the Vols run for 117.6 yards per game for rest of 2013, they would post only the second 2,000-rushing yd. season since 2005 and only the third since 2000. UT rushed for 2,418 yards in 2004 and 2,043 yards in 2009.

TURNOVER TALES

  • UT ranks second in the SEC and tied for 14th nationally in turnovers forced with 17 (12 INTs, 5 fumble recoveries), equalling the Vols' full-season total in 2012 (also 12 INTs, 5 fumble recoveries).
  • Tennessee's 12 interceptions rank tied for 6th nationally and second in the SEC.
  • Tennessee has intercepted a pass on 5.33% of defensive plays this season, the best rate in the SEC and the seventh-best rate nationally.

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