This is a storied rivalry in the SEC, and perhaps the country. It was so regular and looked forward to it was dubbed “the third Saturday in October.”
It’s sort of a technicality that it’s actually on the fourth Saturday in October this year, which matters little.
This is an important game to both teams, even though Tennessee probably has little chance against the Crimson Tide on their home turf.
This rivalry is steeped in so much tradition that has probably faded in importance due to the lack of performance on the part of Tennessee over the last few years.
But the history is worth mentioning.
The first game between the two was played in Birmingham, AL, in 1901. Since then, they have played each other 93 times, Bama leading the series 47-38-7. Pretty close isn’t it?
But, enough about that; we’re tailgating and the Tuscaloosa campus is famous for that. The rivalry only adds some juice to an already intense gameday.
Fraternities and their houses are famous on campus, and it’s a vibrant society that parties hard and mingles into the tailgating area of Bryant Denny Stadium near Fraternity Row.
These people take tailgating seriously. There is a sea of crimson and white tents.
You may see some orange sprinkled in amongst them, because the Volunteer fans will make the trip for this game.
Most of the setups have their own generators, satellite dishes, big screen TVs and a banquet lavish enough for any holiday gathering; and this qualifies.
There is the usual case of beer and the occasion keg, hidden in the RV, but the dress is like I mentioned about Ole Miss and the Grove; no jeans, dressing up like it was covered dish supper at church. But church it ain’t. Things can get a little crazy around kickoff.
So on the fourth Saturday in October, be prepared for a good time in Bama.