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No. 3 Alabama still seeking to match home dominance when it leaves Bryant-Denny Stadium

  • Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) runs for yardage in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) runs for yardage in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) looks for a receiver in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (6) looks for a receiver in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

Alabama is a team with two different personalities.

At home, the third-ranked Crimson Tide is as dominant as ever. On the road, Alabama's a bit more vulnerable.

That pattern nearly ended Saturday when Alabama grabbed a 27-0 lead at Tennessee. Then Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) became too comfortable and allowed Tennessee (3-5, 0-4) to make a game of it before the Tide closed out a 34-20 victory.

Alabama has won its four home games by an average margin of 40.3 points. Alabama is 3-1 away from Bryant-Denny Stadium - including a 33-23 neutral-site victory over West Virginia in Atlanta. And one of its road victories was a one-point decision over Arkansas.

Alabama visits No. 16 LSU on Nov. 8 after taking this week off.