On October 21, 1933, Tennessee suffered a 12–6 defeat at Shields-Watkins Field to Alabama, snapping a 55-game winning streak at home that dated back to a win over Emory & Henry on October 3, 1925. This was also Tennessee's first homecoming loss. A week earlier, the Volunteers lost to Duke in Durham, North Carolina, 10–2. It was Tennessee's first defeat since a loss on October 18, 1930 to Alabama. Between those two losses, Tennessee compiled a record of 26–0–2.