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Oct 18, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland (19) is congratulated by teammates after he intercepted a pass from Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill (not shown) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide defeated the Aggies 59-0. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

#4 Alabama (-17) at Tennessee, 6:30PM CT, ESPN2

Alabama proved last week that they are still one of the best teams in the nation. Yes, Texas A&M had been overhyped and overrated since upsetting South Carolina in the season opener in impressive fashion. But, the Aggies still have one of the most dynamic offenses in the nation and the Alabama Crimson Tide shut it down completely for 60 minutes.

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  • Also, Alabama had been criticized for a lack of offensive firepower after scoring a combined 30 points in a loss to Ole Miss and close victory over Arkansas. Those concerns were answered by putting up the team’s most impressive performance of the season.

    Tennessee was on the other end of a blowout last week and fell to Ole Miss 34-3 in Oxford. The Vols have yet to beat an SEC opponent in 2014, and the odds are certainly stacked against them this week. The crowd will be large and loud (and ruthlessly booing former UT head coach and current Alabama OC Lane Kiffin), but that will only last so long once the game begins.

    Alabama won’t be rattled by the noise, and the Tide is simply too good for Tennessee to stick around. The Vols rank 120th in the nation running the football and 97th in points per game, and while the defense is good, the Tide have too many playmakers to be contained.

    Alabama 35, Tennessee 14

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