Here are the facts.
Alabama is ranked No. 1, a 20-point favorite over homestanding Tennessee Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN), and UT coach Derek Dooley has never led the Vols to a win over a ranked team. (He’s 0-13.)
But for what it’s worth, Tennessee was competitive in all three loses this season, which were all to ranked teams. They ran out of steam in the third quarter against Florida on Sept. 15. And more heartening, the Vols fought well into the fourth quarter before losing to Georgia and Mississippi State — both of those games on the road.
Saturday’s game is in Neyland Stadium, and (as we keep saying, with great hope in our voices) upsets happen every week.
So we have to ask: What do you expect to happen in the Tennessee-Alabama game?