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Alabama vs. Tennessee 2016 live stream: How to watch online

The Tide and Vols could both survive a loss, but this one still means a lot.

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The best game of Week 7, at least as it's written on paper, is No. 1 Alabama's trip to Neyland Stadium to face No. 9 Tennessee. The Tide have looked like a juggernaut in getting to 6-0, and Tennessee took control of the SEC East with a captivating pair of wins against Florida and Georgia. No matter how this week goes, the Tide and Vols could meet again.

But this week's meeting still means a lot. For one thing, SEC scheduling weirdness could leave Tennessee vulnerable in the East if it finishes the league schedule 6-2. For another, Texas A&M hasn't lost yet out of the West, and Alabama's no shoo-in to get to Atlanta, either. In a conference this competitive, everything's high stakes.

Factor in that these are two top-10 teams, that Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is a former failed Tennessee head coach, and that the teams recruit against each other for top talent regularly, and you've got a recipe for a fun Saturday. So, let's get into it.

How to watch, stream and listen

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. The broadcasters are Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Allie LaForce.

Radio: Alabama and Tennessee

Online streaming: CBS Sports

Spread: Alabama is about a 13-point favorite.

Make friends: Get to SB Nation's team blog chats for this game at Roll Bama Roll and Rocky Top Talk.

Three big things to know

1. Alabama's offense is on a new level right now. The Tide have always been effective with the ball in their hands, obviously, but the Jalen Hurts-led offense is averaging 45 points per game at the halfway mark. That's 10 points better than the Tide did last year, and it's come, in large part, because the ground game has gotten better. Alabama's running attack is better than it was with Derrick Henry winning the Heisman. The Tide average 5.7 yards per rush, up from 4.7 last year, and have been stable with Hurts under center. The Tide are close to flawless.

2. Tennessee's defense doesn't seem well-suited to stop Bama. Star cornerback Cameron Sutton remains out, a couple other key contributors are nicked up or worse, and the team just dismissed starting tackle Danny O'Brien. The Vols' defense has been fine but not nearly as good as some of us suspected it would be, and if the Vols can't win in the trenches, they probably can't beat Alabama. The problem? Alabama's quite good in the trenches.

3. Kiffin's going to want to run it up. The Tide coordinator has demonstrated how much he loves beating up on his former employers, and Tennessee presents another chance to do it. Whether Alabama gives the Vols a USC-sized beating or not, the Tide have a chance to score a lot of points here. If they succeed, don't bank on Kiffin showing mercy.

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