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Third Saturday in October
Alabama Crimson Tide athletics logo Tennessee Volunteers athletics logo
Teams Alabama Crimson Tide Tennessee Volunteers
Originated 1901
Series Alabama leads 47–38–7
Largest Victory Alabama 51, Tennessee 0
November 29, 1906
Highest Scoring Game Tennessee 51, Alabama 43
October 25, 2003
Most Recent Game Alabama 12, Tennessee 10
October 24, 2009
Current Win Streak Alabama 3

Alabama (47) Tennessee (38)
1903 1905 1906 1907
1908 1909 1912 1913
1930 1933 1934 1935
1937 1941 1942 1945
1947 1954 1961 1962
1963 1964 1966 1971
1972 1973 1974 1975
1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1986 1987
1988 1989 1990 1991
1992 1994 2002 2005
2007 2008 2009
1904 1914 1928 1929
1931 1932 1938 1939
1940 1946 1948 1950
1951 1952 1955 1956
1957 1958 1960 1967
1968 1969 1970 1982
1983 1984 1985 1993*
1995 1996 1997 1998
1999 2000 2001 2003
2004 2006
Ties (7)
1901 1936 1944 1949 1953 1959 1965

The Third Saturday in October is the name of an annual college football rivalry game between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The name refers to the traditional calendar date prior to the 1992 football season, when the Southeastern Conference split into Eastern and Western divisions.[1] From 1995 to 2009, it has only been scheduled for that date five times.

Overall, Alabama leads the series with an official 47–38–7 record. The 2005 game is still pending NCAA appeal.

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History

The first game between the two sides was played in 1901 in Birmingham, ending in a 6–6 tie. From 1902 to 1913, Alabama dominated the series, only losing once, and never allowing a touchdown by the Volunteers. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was first played on its traditional date and began to be a challenge for the Tide as Robert Neyland began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings.[2]

Between 1971–1981, Alabama held an eleven-game winning streak over the Volunteers and, between 1986–1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama's streak, Tennessee responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995–2001. Since their 2001 meeting, each team has split the series with four wins each. Alabama won the most recent game 12-10 in 2009,[3] and lead the series 46–38–7.[4]

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In the 1950s, Jim Goostree, the head trainer for Alabama, began another tradition as he began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers.[5] Both teams continued the tradition for some time, though kept it secret due to the NCAA rules concerning extra benefits and tobacco products. Alabama publicly restarted the tradition in 2005, though as a result, self-reported an NCAA violation[6] before finally being banned following the violation.[7]

Streaks

There have been several long winning streaks in the series. In the first major streak of the series, Bama won 7 straight over the Vols from 1905–1913 (the two teams did not play in 1910 and 1911), outscoring the Vols 112–0 in the process.

Alabama has the longest winning streak of the series, 11 games, from 1971 to 1981. It was broken in 1982 when Johnny Majors led the Vols to an upset victory over Bear Bryant and the Tide.

Alabama had a 9 game unbeaten streak from 1986 to 1994, including a tie in 1993 which was later vacated but due to NCAA violations by Alabama. The streak was broken by Tennessee in 1995 when the Vols beat the Tide 41–14. Tennessee began their own 7 game win streak that night, which was broken when Alabama defeated the Vols 34–14 in 2002. Alabama currently enjoys a 3 game winning streak in the series from 2007-2009.

All time

Alabama leads the all–time series 47–38–7 (with the 1993 tie forfeited to Tennessee by Bama due to NCAA penalties, and the 2005 Bama victory vacated due to NCAA penalty). Due to this technicality, Tennessee actually has one more "official" contest in the series (2005 Loss, which is officially not removed by the NCAA ruling), giving the Vols 38 wins to 47 losses in the series. Alabama has no official result (Win or Loss) for 2005, giving the Tide 46 wins to 38 losses in the series. Alabama won the last game, played on October 24, 2009, 12-10. The game has been played in 3 different cities. Alabama leads the series when played in Birmingham, Alabama (21–14–6) and Knoxville, Tennessee (21–20–1). The series is tied in Tuscaloosa (4-4-0), due to Alabama's 2005 victory being vacated. On the field, Bama leads in Tuscaloosa (5-4-1).

Year-by-year results

Alabama victories are shaded ██ crimson. Tennessee victories shaded in ██ orange.

Year Alabama Tennessee Location Series
1901 Alabama 6 Tennessee 6 Birmingham, Alabama 0–0–1
1903 Alabama 24 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 1–0–1
1904 Alabama 0 Tennessee 5 Birmingham, Alabama 1–1–1
1905 Alabama 29 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 2–1–1
1906 Alabama 51 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 3–1–1
1907 Alabama 5 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 4–1–1
1908 Alabama 4 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 5–1–1
1909 Alabama 10 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 6–1–1
1912 Alabama 7 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 7–1–1
1913 Alabama 6 Tennessee 0 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 8–1–1
1914 Alabama 7 Tennessee 17 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 8–2–1
1928 Alabama 13 Tennessee 15 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 8–3–1
1929 Alabama 0 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 8–4–1
1930 Alabama 18 Tennessee 6 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 9–4–1
1931 Alabama 0 Tennessee 25 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 9–5–1
1932 Alabama 3 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 9–6–1
1933 Alabama 12 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 10–6–1
1934 Alabama 13 Tennessee 6 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 11–6–1
1935 Alabama 25 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 12–6–1
1936 Alabama 0 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 12–6–2
1937 Alabama 14 Tennessee 7 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 13–6–2
1938 Alabama 0 Tennessee 13 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 13–7–2
1939 Alabama 0 Tennessee 21 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 13–8–2
1940 Alabama 13 Tennessee 27 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 13–9–2
1941 Alabama 9 Tennessee 2 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 14–9–2
1942 Alabama 8 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 15–9–2
1944 Alabama 0 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 15–9–3
1945 Alabama 25 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 16–9–3
1946 Alabama 0 Tennessee 12 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 16–10–3
1947 Alabama 10 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 17–10–3
1948 Alabama 6 Tennesse 21 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 17–11–3
1949 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 17–11–4
1950 Alabama 9 Tennessee 14 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 17–12–4
1951 Alabama 13 Tennessee 27 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 17–13–4
1952 Alabama 0 Tennessee 15 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 17–14–4
1953 Alabama 0 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 17–14–5
1954 Alabama 27 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 18–14–5
1955 Alabama 0 Tennessee 20 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 18–15–5
1956 Alabama 0 Tennessee 24 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 18–16–5
1957 Alabama 0 Tennessee 14 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 18–17–5
1958 Alabama 7 Tennessee 14 Knoxville, Tennessee 18–18–5
1959 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, Alabama 18–18–6
1960 Alabama 7 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, Tennessee UT 19–18–6
1961 Alabama 34 Tennessee 3 Birmingham, Alabama 19–19–6
1962 Alabama 27 Tennessee 7 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 20–19–6
1963 Alabama 35 Tennessee 0 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 21–19–6
1964 Alabama 19 Tennessee 8 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 22–19–6
1965 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 22–19–7
1966 Alabama 11 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 23–19–7
1967 Alabama 13 Tennessee 24 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 23–20–7
1968 Alabama 9 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 23–21–7
1969 Alabama 14 Tennessee 41 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 23–22–7
1970 Alabama 0 Tennessee 24 Knoxville, Tennessee 23–23–7
1971 Alabama 32 Tennessee 15 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 24–23–7
1972 Alabama 17 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 25–23–7
1973 Alabama 42 Tennessee 21 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 26–23–7
1974 Alabama 28 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 27–23–7
1975 Alabama 30 Tennessee 7 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 28–23–7
1976 Alabama 20 Tennessee 13 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 29–23–7
1977 Alabama 24 Tennessee 10 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 30–23–7
1978 Alabama 30 Tennessee 17 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 31–23–7
1979 Alabama 27 Tennessee 17 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 32–23–7
1980 Alabama 27 Tennessee 0 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 33–23–7
1981 Alabama 38 Tennessee 19 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 34–23–7
1982 Alabama 28 Tennessee 35 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 34–24–7
1983 Alabama 34 Tennessee 41 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 34–25–7
1984 Alabama 27 Tennessee 28 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 34–26–7
1985 Alabama 14 Tennessee 16 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 34–27–7
1986 Alabama 56 Tennessee 28 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 35–27–7
1987 Alabama 41 Tennessee 22 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 36–27–7
1988 Alabama 28 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 37–27–7
1989 Alabama 47 Tennessee 30 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 38–27–7
1990 Alabama 9 Tennessee 6 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 39–27–7
1991 Alabama 24 Tennessee 19 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 40–27–7
1992 Alabama 17 Tennessee 10 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 41–27–7
1993 Alabama 17 Tennessee 17 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 41–28–7
1994 Alabama 17 Tennessee 13 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 42–28–7
1995 Alabama 14 Tennessee 41 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 42–29–7
1996 Alabama 13 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 42–30–7
1997 Alabama 21 Tennessee 38 Birmingham, Alabama ALA 42–31–7
1998 Alabama 18 Tennessee 35 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 42–32–7
1999 Alabama 7 Tennessee 21 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 42–33–7
2000 Alabama 10 Tennessee 20 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 42–34–7
2001 Alabama 24 Tennessee 35 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 42–35–7
2002 Alabama 34 Tennessee 14 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 43–35–7
2003 Alabama 43 Tennessee 51 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 43–36–7
2004 Alabama 13 Tennessee 17 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 43–37–7
2005† Alabama 6 Tennessee 3 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 44–37–7
2006 Alabama 13 Tennessee 16 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 44–38–7
2007 Alabama 41 Tennessee 17 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 45–38–7
2008 Alabama 29 Tennessee 9 Knoxville, Tennessee ALA 46–38–7
2009 Alabama 12 Tennessee 10 Tuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 47–38–7
† Alabama would later forfeit the 1993 tie and vacate the 2005 victory as part of an NCAA penalty for violations committed. Tennessee was officialy given the 1993 victory by the NCAA sanctions, but is still credited with a Loss in 2005 by the NCAA ruling. Due to that ruling, Alabama now has a 46-38-7 record in the series, while Tennessee has a 38-47-7 record in the same series.
‡ Five overtime game.

References

  1. ^ Cook, Beano (2001-10-17). "The third Saturday in October". ESPN Classic. http://espn.go.com/classic/s/beano_tenmia.html. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  2. ^ Browning, Al (2001). Third Saturday in October: The Game-By-Game Story of the South's Most Intense Football Rivalry. Cumberland House. ISBN 1581822170. http://books.google.com/books?id=akYFAAAACAAJ.  
  3. ^ Rucker, Beth (2008-10-25). "Wilson, Jones help unbeaten No. 2 Alabama rock Tennessee". Associated Press. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=282992633. Retrieved 2008-10-27.  
  4. ^ "The Record Book" (PDF). University of Alabama Athletics. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/history-stats.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  5. ^ Dunnavant, Keith (2006). "The Missing Ring". The Missing Ring: How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide Were Denied College Football's Most Elusive Prize. Macmillan. p. 170. ISBN 0312336837. http://books.google.com/books?id=FMZYRyuuaKcC.  
  6. ^ "The Third Saturday in October". Associated Press. 2006-10-21. http://onlineathens.com/stories/102106/football_20061021016.shtml. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  
  7. ^ Rogers, Ken (2008-10-22). "Players understand importance of Tennessee rivalry". Opelika Auburn News. http://www.oanow.com/oan/sports/college/article/alabama_football_players_understand_importance_of_tennessee_rivalry/42243/. Retrieved 2008-10-25.  

Further reading

  • Browning, Al (2001). Third Saturday in October: The Game-By-Game Story of the South's Most Intense Football Rivalry. Cumberland House. ISBN 1581822170.  

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