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Nick Saban has one request for Alabama fans ahead of Tennessee clash

The noise level at Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium in October 2022 was deafening as the Tennessee Vols upset Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide to snap a 15-game losing streak. 

There’s no doubt Saban remembers, and he’s now asking Alabama fans to return the favor. 

Kool-Aid McKinstry bows his head before the game

Kool-Aid McKinstry of the Alabama Crimson Tide bows his head in prayer before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium Oct. 14, 2023, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

No. 17 Tennessee travels to No. 11 Alabama Saturday as the rivals square off for the 106th time. 

Unlike last year’s matchup, the defenses will get most of the attention. 

Alabama and Tennessee are third and fourth, respectively, in the SEC in yards allowed per game, and both defenses are giving up less than 20 points per game. 

Joe Milton III waits for a snap

Joe Milton III (7) of the Tennessee Volunteers waits for the snap against the Texas A&M Aggies in the fourth quarter at Neyland Stadium Oct. 14, 2023, in Knoxville, Tenn.  (Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

Tennessee’s defense gets after the quarterback — 24 sacks in six games — while Alabama’s offensive line has allowed 31 sacks on the year (126th in the country). 

Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton III threw for just 100 yards against Texas A&M in Week 7, while Alabama is 10th in the SEC in passing yards per game (219.4). 

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“It’s 11-on-11 when you’re inside the lines,” Vols head coach Josh Heupel said. “We’ve continued to work that and believe we’ll be ready for it when we hit game day.”

Tennessee and Alabama kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.

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