Nov 7, 2015; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
1971 Tennessee – The Start of a Streak
Alabama Football’s longest win streak vs. the Volunteers was 4,015 days long.
The 1971 matchup between Alabama and Tennessee would start an eleven-year winning streak for the Crimson Tide of Alabama over their rivals from the north.
In October of 1971, Alabama Football faced Tennessee at Legion Field in Birmingham, one of our favorite places to beat a rival. The Tide would end up on top that day too, defeating Tennessee 32 to 15.
Maybe the win was due to Alabama’s moving to the run focused wishbone, or maybe it was all about motivation…
Before 1971 Tennessee had won 4 straight against Alabama and for the first time in history the Vols had taken a lead in the series. So every Tennessee win from that point forward would have just increased their lead… that couldn’t be allowed to stand.
The Alabama and Tennessee rivalry comes from Tennessee not having a significant in-state rival. Phil Fulmer being a low down dirty snitch is also a factor. It must be considered one of the most intense out-of-state rivalries in college football.
Bear Bryant hated Tennessee and so should you.
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