Alabama football is invincible vs. Tennessee with Nick Saban in charge.
The Tennessee Volunteers haven’t been able to beat Alabama football since before Nick Saban took over, and they aren’t going to any time soon. Since the late 1990s, these two teams have been on opposite trajectories. After a few bad years, the Crimson Tide haven’t stopped climbing the mountains of history, and the Volunteers have struggled to remain relevant.
This bitter rivalry has drastically changed over the last decade or so. Since Nick Saban became the head coach, it has rarely even been competitive. The only two games against the Vols that have been close were Rocky Block and the 2015 game. Even in those close games, Alabama won and won a championship.
Things have not gone well for Tennessee in recent memory, and they are not going to go well for the Vols in the future. Here is why.
1. Tennessee has a mental roadblock
At this point, Alabama football has beaten Tennessee so many times that it is all UT fans can think about. Every year, they wonder if they have what it takes to change things. Every year, they fail to do so.
This gets worse over time, and the pain grows exponentially when the Vols have false hope. Once the team starts winning, they foolheartedly believe that they have what it takes to topple the Crimson Tide in a monumental upset. Those losses hurt the most because Tennessee doesn’t know when the stars will align again.
While Tennessee is a struggling team, they will only get one shot to win every few seasons. Their last chance was in 2015, and they will have to keep waiting for their next shot.