TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team started to prepare for its annual "Third Saturday in October" contest against Tennessee on Tuesday with a two-hour workout in full pads.
The Crimson Tide will look for its second straight victory over the Vols as they edged out a win at home last season, 6-3, behind two field goals from Jamie Christensen. It was one of five game-winning field goals for the Norcross, Ga. native last season. The junior kicker has made 5-of-7 field goals this season with a long of 37 yards. Alabama will be looking for its first win in Knoxville, Tenn. since 2002 when they cruised to a 34-14 victory. Tennessee has claimed victories in nine of the last 11 meetings between the two schools. The Crimson Tide is looking for its first win on the road this season.
"We've got a big and exciting week coming up for our football team on the road at Tennessee," said Alabama head coach Mike Shula. "We're going to rely a lot on our upperclassmen, the guys that have been over to Knoxville, just to kind of help with these younger guys, fill them in on what this experience is going to be about. We've got a little momentum from last week's win. It was good to see our football team win in overtime. We're going to have to play better football this week just to give ourselves a chance."
The rivalry has been built into one of the biggest out-of-state rivalries in the country. This weekend's meeting will be the 90th all-time game between the two schools. Alabama holds a 44-37-8 lead in the series that dates back to 1901.
The game at Neyland Stadium will be the fourth game of the year for Alabama that will be televised by CBS. Kickoff is set for 2:34 p.m. CT with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the game.