Alabama Football: The Last Time Tennessee Beat Bama

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Micah Abernathy
KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Micah Abernathy /

The Alabama football team hasn’t lost to the Tennessee Vols in quite a while. Just how have things changed in that time? You may not believe it.

It’s the most wonderful time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and Alabama football is getting ready to give Tennessee an old-fashioned woodshed beating.

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The game will actually be played on the Third Saturday In October, a nickname affectionately given to the rivalry. The series began in 1901, and that matchup was played in Birmingham, Alabama. The Alabama football team won that first game, and since then, the Tide leads the series 52–38–7.

The last time the Vols beat Bama was October 21, 2006.

That’s ELEVEN years ago, people. Since that fateful day, UT has been unable to eek out a win against the Tide in the ten games that have been played. In fact, a Twitter page exists only as a countdown – “Days Since UT Beat Bama”.  To date, it’s exactly 4,016 days. (This was tweeted out yesterday).

A lot of things have happened in eleven years.

For example, Alabama football quarterback Jalen Hurts graduated elementary school. It’s true – the last time Tennessee beat Bama, nineteen-year-old Hurts was just eight years old.

Speaking of children, in 2006, former child star and current controversial pop icon Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana. And she looked like this.

George W. Bush was in the White House, and Donald Trump couldn’t tweet because Twitter didn’t exist.  Ahhhh, those were the days.

Eleven years ago was Mike Shula’s last year at the helm of the Alabama football team (Praise da Lort!). Current head coach Nick Saban entered his second season with the Miami Dolphins. He wore orange and aqua green – but still ate oatmeal cream pies for breakfast. Some things never change.

Everyone made poor musical choices got sick of the song “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter, and pop music reigned supreme on the Billboard Top 100. People mostly liked Kanye West, and we all sang along to “Golddigger”, whether we admit it or not.

To make up for so-so music, the year gave us some smashing dramas and action movies like The Departed, The Prestige, and The Da Vinci Code. Plus, we got some guilty pleasure films in The Devil Wears Prada, The Holiday, and John Tucker Must Die. (Hey, they’re funny. Don’t judge).

Gas cost an average of $2.58 per gallon, and minimum wage was a whopping $5.15 an hour. Apparently, there are reasons other than football to be glad it’s not 2006 anymore.

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The Alabama football team, still ranked number one, looks to continue the winning streak this weekend at home against the Vols. Let’s make it eleven straight games in an eleven-year span, shall we boys? Roll Tide!