No. 8 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will host No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Week 7.
“Obviously, this is why you come to Tennessee and want to be in this league,” Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel said ahead of playing Alabama.
“You have a big-time matchup this weekend. Really excited. “(College) GameDay,” “SEC Nation,” the environment that will be here on Saturday, really excited about that.
“Our players have earned the right to be able to get to this point, to play a game like this. Preparation is going to be critical in this one. Alabama is really good.
Offense, defense, special teams, they have really good personnel in all three phases of the game.
It will obviously be a huge test for us, but our players are excited.
This morning was good preparation.
Need to have a great week of practice and get ready to play our best football.”
The Vols will look to end a 15-game losing streak in the annual series. Tennessee last defeated Alabama in 2006.
next is a look at where every current SEC head coach was in 2006 the last time Tennessee defeated Alabama.
Shane Beamer (Mississippi State running backs coach)
Eliah Drinkwitz (Springdale High School (Arkansas) offensive coordinator)
Jimbo Fisher (LSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach)
Bryan Harsin (Boise State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach)
Josh Heupel (Oklahoma quarterbacks coach)
Brian Kelly (Central Michigan head coach)
Lane Kiffin (USC offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach)
Clark Lea (UCLA graduate assistant) Mike Leach (Texas Tech head coach) Billy Napier (Clemson tight ends coach)
Sam Pittman (Northern Illinois offensive line coach) Nick Saban (Miami Dolphins head coach)
Kirby Smart (Miami Dolphins safeties coach) Mark Stoops (Arizona defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach)