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Tide Vs. Vols Is Quality Rivalry

Nick Saban

Anytime the mention of attempting to make the Southeastern Conference better by having more intraleague games, two rivalry games are mentioned. One is Quantity. Georgia and Auburn have played 116 times. The other is Quality. Alabama and Tennessee have played "only" 95 times (10th most played rivalry in the league), but the Tide and Vols have combined for 23 national championships, 36 SEC titles.

Although expansion of the SEC was too much for the league braintrust to handle when making schedules to keep Alabama vs. Tennessee on the Third Saturday in October, the game remains the most important Southern football rivalry. The Crimson Tide, with 15 national championships and 23 SEC titles, has a 50-37-8 on-the-field record against Tennessee, which has eight national crowns and is second to...

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