Each October the Autumn leaves begin to fall and fade from a rich green shade into their own separate golden hue.
The beautiful change of seasons is not the only October tradition that creates a lot of excitement down here in the South.
October is also famous in our neck of the woods for the “Third Saturday in October”, an intense rivalry matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.
This year’s matchup seems to be garnering even more excitement than usual.
Alabama currently holds a 15-game winning streak in the series, but Tennessee has more belief entering this contest than perhaps any since the streak began back in 2007.
Saturday’s contest will be a slugfest between two top-ten teams in Knoxville and Alabama will need to play a complete game in order to avoid the upset from the Vols.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has kept the availability of Alabama’s star quarterback, Bryce Young, pretty close to the vest all week long.
Not having Young would make this matchup even more difficult for the Tide.
As we move closer to gameday, let’s take a few moments to look over some of the keys to victory for the Alabama offense this weekend.
1) No pre-snap penalties The crowd in Neyland Stadium is sure to be ruckus on Saturday afternoon, especially when Alabama has the ball. The Tide offense will need to limit the pre-snap penalties in order to stay on schedule.
2) Put a hat on a hat Tennessee’s defensive line likes to move around and stunt a lot. It is important for the Alabama offensive line to put a hat on a hat to avoid letting the Vols create a bunch of negative plays.
3) Someone at WR needs to step up Halfway through the season, the Alabama offense lacks a true No. 1 target at wide receiver. Currently, running back Jahmyr Gibbs leads the team in receptions with 22.
3) Someone at WR needs to step up Traeshon Holden leads all of the actual receivers in receptions with 18. The talent is not lacking, someone just needs to step up and be that guy for the Alabama offense,
4) 20+ touches for Jahmyr Gibbs Jahmyr Gibbs is one of the most electrifying players in all of college football and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien would be wise to get him the ball as often as possible. Gibbs should receive a minimum of 20 touches each and every week.
5) Bryce Young's status Like it or not, the availability of Bryce Young in this contest will go a long way in determining who will come out on top. If Jalen Milroe gets the start for the second weekend in a row, he and everyone else on the Tide offense will need to be a the top of their game.
5) Bryce Young's status If Young can play and is normal Bryce Young, I am not sure the Vols can keep up with the Tide for four quarters. It’s a wait-and-see at the moment, but there is no denyi