Third Saturday in October

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Third Saturday in October
Alabama Crimson Tide Logo.svg UT Volunteers logo.svg
Alabama Crimson Tide Tennessee Volunteers

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 96
Series record Alabama leads 51–38–7
First meeting November 28, 1901
Tennessee 6, Alabama 6
Last meeting October 25, 2014
Alabama 34, Tennessee 20
Next meeting October 24, 2015 (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Largest win Alabama 51-0 (1906)
Tennessee 41-14 (1969, 1995)
Longest win streak Alabama 11 (1971–1981)
Tennessee 7 (1995-2001)
Current win streak Alabama 8 (2007–present)

The Third Saturday in October, also known as the Alabama–Tennessee football rivalry, is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the Alabama Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama and Tennessee Volunteers football team of the University of Tennessee, approximately 315 miles (507 km) apart. It is known as the Third Saturday in October because the game was traditionally played on it prior to the 1992 football season, when the Southeastern Conference split into its Eastern and Western divisions.[1] From 1995 to 2014, it has only been scheduled for that date six times.

Overall, Alabama leads the series with an official 51–38–7 record.

Series history[edit]

The first game between the two sides was played in 1901 in Birmingham, ending in a 6–6 tie. From 1902 to 1913, Alabama dominated the series, only losing once, and never allowing a touchdown by the Volunteers. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was first played on its traditional date and began to be a challenge for the Tide as Robert Neyland began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings.[2]

Between 1971 and 1981, Alabama held an eleven-game winning streak over the Volunteers and between 1986 and 1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama's streak, Tennessee responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995 to 2001. Alabama won the most recent game 34-20 in 2014, and leads the series 51–38–7, 52-37-8 on the field.[3]

Victory cigars[edit]

In the 1950s, Jim Goostree, the head trainer for Alabama, began another tradition as he began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers.[4] Both teams continued the tradition for some time, though kept it secret due to NCAA rules concerning extra benefits and tobacco products. Alabama publicly restarted the tradition in 2005, though as a result, self-reported an NCAA violation.[5] Every year since 2005, the winning team knowingly violates the NCAA rule and reports the violation in honor of tradition.[6]

Streaks[edit]

There have been several long winning streaks in the series. In the first major streak of the series, Bama won 5 straight over the Vols from 1907 to 1913 (the two teams did not play in 1910 and 1911), outscoring the Vols 112–0 in the process.

Alabama has the longest winning streak of the series, 11 games, from 1971 to 1981. It was broken in 1982 when Johnny Majors led the Vols to an upset victory over Bear Bryant and the Tide.

Alabama had a 9 game unbeaten streak from 1986 to 1994, including a tie in 1993 which was later forfeited due to NCAA sanctions. The streak was broken by Tennessee in 1995 when the Vols beat the Tide 41–14. Tennessee began their own 7 game win streak that night, which was broken when Alabama defeated the Vols 34–14 in 2002. To-date, no team (other than Tennessee) owns 7-consecutive victories over the Tide. Alabama currently enjoys a 8-game winning streak in the series from 2007 to 2014 with an average margin of victory during this stretch of nearly 21 points.

All time[edit]

Alabama leads the all–time series 51–38–7 (with the 1993 tie forfeited to Tennessee by Bama due to NCAA penalties, and the 2005 Bama victory vacated due to NCAA penalty). Due to this technicality, Tennessee actually has one more "official" contest in the series (the 2005 loss, which is officially not removed by the NCAA ruling), giving the Vols 38 wins to 51 losses in the series. Alabama has no official result (Win or Loss) for 2005, giving the Tide 51 wins to 38 losses in the series.

The game has been played in 3 different cities. Alabama leads the series in all three venues: for games played in Birmingham, Alabama, by a record of 21–14–6 (21–13–7 "on the field"), for those contested in Knoxville, Tennessee, by a record of 23–20–1, and for games in the series played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by a record of 7–4 (8-4 "on the field"). Alabama won the last game, played on October 25, 2014, 34-20.

Tennessee and Alabama have both won 12 shutouts in the series.

Game results[edit]

Alabama victories are colored ██ crimson. Tennessee victories are colored ██ orange. Ties are white. Rankings are from the AP Poll

Year Alabama Tennessee Location Series
1901 Alabama 6 Tennessee 6 Birmingham, AL 0–0–1
1903 Alabama 24 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 1–0–1
1904 Alabama 0 Tennessee 5 Birmingham, AL 1–1–1
1905 Alabama 29 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 2–1–1
1906 Alabama 51 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 3–1–1
1907 Alabama 5 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 4–1–1
1908 Alabama 4 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 5–1–1
1909 Alabama 10 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, TN ALA 6–1–1
1912 Alabama 7 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 7–1–1
1913 Alabama 6 Tennessee 0 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 8–1–1
1914 Alabama 7 Tennessee 17 Knoxville, TN ALA 8–2–1
1928 Alabama 13 Tennessee 15 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 8–3–1
1929 Alabama 0 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, TN ALA 8–4–1
1930 Alabama 18 Tennessee 6 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 9–4–1
1931 Alabama 0 Tennessee 25 Knoxville, TN ALA 9–5–1
1932 Alabama 3 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, AL ALA 9–6–1
1933 Alabama 12 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, TN ALA 10–6–1
1934 Alabama 13 Tennessee 6 Birmingham, AL ALA 11–6–1
1935 Alabama 25 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, TN ALA 12–6–1
1936 Alabama 0 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 12–6–2
1937 Alabama 14 Tennessee 7 Knoxville, TN ALA 13–6–2
1938 Alabama 0 Tennessee 13 Birmingham, AL ALA 13–7–2
1939 #8 Alabama 0 #5 Tennessee 21 Knoxville, TN ALA 13–8–2
1940 Alabama 13 #5 Tennessee 27 Birmingham, AL ALA 13–9–2
1941 Alabama 9 Tennessee 2 Knoxville, TN ALA 14–9–2
1942 #4 Alabama 8 #15 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 15–9–2
1944 Alabama 0 #17 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, TN ALA 15–9–3
1945 #6 Alabama 25 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, AL ALA 16–9–3
1946 #7 Alabama 0 #9 Tennessee 12 Knoxville, TN ALA 16–10–3
1947 Alabama 10 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 17–10–3
1948 Alabama 6 Tennessee 21 Knoxville, TN ALA 17–11–3
1949 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, AL ALA 17–11–4
1950 Alabama 9 #18 Tennessee 14 Knoxville, TN ALA 17–12–4
1951 Alabama 13 #2 Tennessee 27 Birmingham, AL ALA 17–13–4
1952 #18 Alabama 0 Tennessee 15 Knoxville, TN ALA 17–14–4
1953 Alabama 0 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 17–14–5
1954 Alabama 27 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, TN ALA 18–14–5
1955 Alabama 0 Tennessee 20 Birmingham, AL ALA 18–15–5
1956 Alabama 0 #7 Tennessee 24 Knoxville, TN ALA 18–16–5
1957 Alabama 0 Tennessee 14 Birmingham, AL ALA 18–17–5
1958 Alabama 7 Tennessee 14 Knoxville, TN 18–18–5
1959 Alabama 7 #14 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, AL 18–18–6
1960 #15 Alabama 7 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, TN UT 18–19–6
1961 #5 Alabama 34 Tennessee 3 Birmingham, AL 19–19–6
1962 #2 Alabama 27 Tennessee 7 Knoxville, TN ALA 20–19–6
1963 #9 Alabama 35 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, AL ALA 21–19–6
1964 #3 Alabama 19 Tennessee 8 Knoxville, TN ALA 22–19–6
1965 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, AL ALA 22–19–7
1966 #3 Alabama 11 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, TN ALA 23–19–7
1967 #6 Alabama 13 #7 Tennessee 24 Birmingham, AL ALA 23–20–7
1968 Alabama 9 #8 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, TN ALA 23–21–7
1969 #20 Alabama 14 #13 Tennessee 41 Birmingham, AL ALA 23–22–7
1970 Alabama 0 #14 Tennessee 24 Knoxville, TN 23–23–7
1971 #4 Alabama 32 #14 Tennessee 15 Birmingham, AL ALA 24–23–7
1972 #3 Alabama 17 #10 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, TN ALA 25–23–7
1973 #2 Alabama 42 #10 Tennessee 21 Birmingham, AL ALA 26–23–7
1974 #4 Alabama 28 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, TN ALA 27–23–7
1975 #6 Alabama 30 #16 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, AL ALA 28–23–7
1976 #20 Alabama 20 Tennessee 13 Knoxville, TN ALA 29–23–7
1977 #4 Alabama 24 Tennessee 10 Birmingham, AL ALA 30–23–7
1978 #4 Alabama 30 Tennessee 17 Knoxville, TN ALA 31–23–7
1979 #1 Alabama 27 #18 Tennessee 17 Birmingham, AL ALA 32–23–7
1980 #1 Alabama 27 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, TN ALA 33–23–7
1981 #15 Alabama 38 Tennessee 19 Birmingham, AL ALA 34–23–7
1982 #2 Alabama 28 Tennessee 35 Knoxville, TN ALA 34–24–7
1983 #11 Alabama 34 Tennessee 41 Birmingham, AL ALA 34–25–7
1984 Alabama 27 Tennessee 28 Knoxville, TN ALA 34–26–7
1985 #15 Alabama 14 #20 Tennessee 16 Birmingham, AL ALA 34–27–7
1986 #2 Alabama 56 Tennessee 28 Knoxville, TN ALA 35–27–7
1987 Alabama 41 #8 Tennessee 22 Birmingham, AL ALA 36–27–7
1988 Alabama 28 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, TN ALA 37–27–7
1989 #10 Alabama 47 #6 Tennessee 30 Birmingham, AL ALA 38–27–7
1990 Alabama 9 #3 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, TN ALA 39–27–7
1991 #14 Alabama 24 #8 Tennessee 19 Birmingham, AL ALA 40–27–7
1992 #4 Alabama 17 #13 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, TN ALA 41–27–7
1993 #2 Alabama 17 #10 Tennessee 17 Birmingham, AL ALA 41–28–7
1994 #10 Alabama 17 Tennessee 13 Knoxville, TN ALA 42–28–7
1995 #11 Alabama 14 #6 Tennessee 41 Birmingham, AL ALA 42–29–7
1996 #7 Alabama 13 #6 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, TN ALA 42–30–7
1997 Alabama 21 #9 Tennessee 38 Birmingham, AL ALA 42–31–7
1998 Alabama 18 #3 Tennessee 35 Knoxville, TN ALA 42–32–7
1999 #10 Alabama 7 #5 Tennessee 21 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 42–33–7
2000 Alabama 10 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, TN ALA 42–34–7
2001 Alabama 24 #11 Tennessee 35 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 42–35-7
2002 #19 Alabama 34 #16 Tennessee 14 Knoxville, TN ALA 43–35–7
2003 Alabama 43 #22 Tennessee 51 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 43–36–7
2004 Alabama 13 #11 Tennessee 17 Knoxville, TN ALA 43–37–7
2005 #5 Alabama 6 #17 Tennessee 3 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 43–37–7
2006 Alabama 13 #7 Tennessee 16 Knoxville, TN ALA 43–38–7
2007 Alabama 41 #20 Tennessee 17 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 44–38–7
2008 #2 Alabama 29 Tennessee 9 Knoxville, TN ALA 45–38–7
2009 #1 Alabama 12 Tennessee 10 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 46–38–7
2010 #7 Alabama 41 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, TN ALA 47–38–7
2011 #2 Alabama 37 Tennessee 6 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 48–38–7
2012 #1 Alabama 44 Tennessee 13 Knoxville, TN ALA 49–38–7
2013 #1 Alabama 45 Tennessee 10 Tuscaloosa, AL ALA 50–38–7
2014 #4 Alabama 34 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, TN ALA 51–38–7
† Alabama would later forfeit the 1993 tie and vacate their 2005 win.
‡ Five overtime game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook, Beano (2001-10-17). "The third Saturday in October". ESPN Classic. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ Browning, Al (2001). Third Saturday in October: The Game-By-Game Story of the South's Most Intense Football Rivalry. Cumberland House. ISBN 978-1-58182-217-5. 
  3. ^ "The Record Book" (PDF). University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  4. ^ Dunnavant, Keith (2006). "The Missing Ring". The Missing Ring: How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide Were Denied College Football's Most Elusive Prize. Macmillan. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-312-33683-7. 
  5. ^ "The Third Saturday in October". Associated Press. 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  6. ^ {cite web| http://bleacherreport.com/articles/70697-alabamatennessee-to-commit-ncaa-violation-this-saturday}

Further reading[edit]

  • Browning, Al (2001). Third Saturday in October: The Game-By-Game Story of the South's Most Intense Football Rivalry. Cumberland House. ISBN 978-1-58182-217-5.