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The Decline of the Alabama-Tennessee Rivalry
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Standing in the heart of the University of Alabama campus, you wouldn’t know that the “Third Saturday in October” is looming.
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RVs are beginning to roll into town, and the Quad is being prepped for mass tailgating, but life goes on around Denny Chimes like it does during every other game week. There’s nothing to indicate that Tennessee will be visiting Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.

That’s because it isn’t one of college football’s biggest rivalries any more.

“In my lifetime, it’s at its lowest point,” said former Alabama fullback Baron Huber, who has a unique perspective on the Crimson Tide-Volunteers series.

He grew up in Tennessee and at an early age was fed football stories from his grandfather, from Kenny Stabler spiking the ball on fourth down to the murmur in the stands when Paul W. “Bear” Bryant would walk out and lean against the goalpost as his players warmed up.

Huber also participated in some of the games when things were arguably the most intense between fans roughly a decade ago, and it had little to do with what was happening on the field. There were allegations and threats, lawsuits and a criminal conviction of an Alabama booster.

It was football’s version of a modern blood feud.

Yet, it’s slid into the current state of being a big-time rivalry, in name only, despite the stormy history that dates back in Nov. 28, 1901. When the initial game was called due to darkness with the score tied 6-6, spectators rushed the Birmingham field in protest.

That kind of thing was pretty typical in one way or another until Jan. 4, 2007, the day Nick Saban was announced as Alabama’s head coach.

Since then, only one of the eight meetings was close, “Rocky Block” in 2009, when the Volunteers were coached by Lane Kiffin, who is now the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator.

Not only is Alabama a perfect 8-0 in those games, but it has a scoring advantage of 283-95 in points, for an average outcome of 35.4-11.9.

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I honestly had no idea that Alabama - Tennessee was a rivalry.
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(11-06-2015, 01:42 PM)Fitbuddy Wrote: I honestly had no idea that Alabama - Tennessee was a rivalry.

Well you can add that to police procedure, the second half of US History, church fires, and countless other things that you have been educated about on message boards. Stick around and eventually you will no longer be a complete moron.
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Perhaps the Alabama-Tennessee Rivalry started with Murderous Mary.

Pachyderm Lives Matter.
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(11-08-2015, 04:29 PM)kaplony Wrote:
(11-06-2015, 01:42 PM)Fitbuddy Wrote: I honestly had no idea that Alabama - Tennessee was a rivalry.

Well you can add that to police procedure, the second half of US History, church fires, and countless other things that you have been educated about on message boards. Stick around and eventually you will no longer be a complete moron.

This from a guy who grew up in Mayberry?

STFU Opie
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