Areas of concern ahead of Alabama's Week 7 matchup against Tennessee

Alabama will have to be up to the test this weekend against an undefeated Tennessee team.

This is the first time that the two have both been undefeated up to this point, so it is shaping up to be one of the biggest games in the rivalry’s history.

The Volunteers are led offensively by potential Heisman candidate Hendon Hooker as well as a great nucleus of playmakers surrounding him.

On defense, the Volunteers have a stout run defense with good players on the back end as well.

The Crimson Tide have played well this season but will have to answer the call against a Tennessee team that is on the rise.

It will be essential for both sides of the ball to play to their best abilities on Saturday afternoon.

Today, Roll Tide Wire will take a look at some of the areas of concern heading into Alabama’s Week 7 matchup against Tennessee.

Tennessee's fast-paced offense Tennessee’s offense runs an up-tempo offense that has given each of their opponent’s trouble so far this season. 

Tennessee's fast-paced offense Head coach Josh Heupel wants to increase the tempo to put up more points, wear down defenses, and get as many offensive possessions in the game as possible.

Tennessee's fast-paced offense In past years, the Alabama defense has had trouble defending Lane Kiffin’s up-temp offense as well as Gus-Malzahn’s up-temp offense at Auburn.

Blocking the interior defensive line Thus far, Alabama has had trouble blocking some of the better interior defensive linemen. Last week, Texas A&M was able to create turnovers and cause havoc in Alabama’s backfield. 

Blocking the interior defensive line Tennessee has one of the best defensive line units in the country and is led by senior Byron Young. With the Crimson Tide still trying to find the right rotation of offensive linemen, it will be a challenge on Saturday.

Creating separation on the perimeter Alabama hasn’t seen as much production out of their wide receivers as in years past. That could be due to the number of injuries that have plagued the receiving core. 

Creating separation on the perimeter Regardless of what the case may be, it will be critical for the wide receiver’s to be able to create separation on Saturday. The Volunteers are more vulnerable on the back end of their defense, but Alabama has been unable to stretch the field vertically all year. 

Creating separation on the perimeter They will have to be up to the test on Saturday to enhance the opportunities for success.

Volunteers wide receiver core Tennessee has been able to establish productivity through the air so far this season. In fact, the Volunteers average 340.4 receiving yards per game. 

Volunteers wide receiver core The majority of those yards have come from wide receivers Jalin Hyatt, Cedric Tillman, Bru McCoy, and Ramel Keyton. Although Tillman will be unavailable on Saturday, the other three pose a legitimate threat to Alabama’s young secondary.

Hendon Hooker One of the nation’s best quarterbacks this season has been Tennessee signal-caller Hendon Hooker. The sixth-year senior has been consistent of each of his first five games this season. 

Hendon Hooker He has amassed the 1,000 mark in passing yards while rushing for over 200 yards as well. Hooker will likely be the best quarterback that the Tide’s defense has seen this season. 

Hendon Hooker Edge rushers Will Anderson Jr. and Dallas Turner will need to create penetration up front to get Hooker off his game.