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Wallace Gilberry is two-year Tide starter

Tennessee leads the Southeastern Conference in total offense in great part because the Volunteers have been so proficient in the passing game, where the Vols are also best in the league. That puts pressure on the Alabama defense, which ranks last in the league in an important statistic against the pass–sacks.

With Tennessee having allowed only five sacks in six games–also best in the SEC–and Alabama having turned in only six sacks in seven games, the chore appears to be a great one Saturday. Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge is completing 69 per cent of his passes and the Vols are averaging 291.5 yards per game through the air. The man expected to be Bama's top pass rusher this year is Wallace...

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