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The Third Saturday In October Remains Alive Annually

by Dan Harralson
Apr 28, 2014 12:55 AM EDT



"You never know about a football player until he has played against Alabama."
-General Robert R. Neyland
"You found out what kind of person you were when you played against Tennessee."
-Paul "Bear" Bryant
The two iconic coaches would be proud that the SEC announced Sunday evening, that the Third Saturday in October will continue on an annual basis.
All 14 SEC teams are now required to play at least one opponent from the four other power conferences (and Notre Dame), while keeping a 6-1-1 format inside the conference (six divisional games, one permanent crossover, one rotating crossover).

The idea of going to a nine-game conference schedule drew the possibilty of losing SEC traditional match-up's each year.
The Tide and Vols have met 96 times on the field (51-37-8, 'Bama leads the series), and it all began with the schools playing to a 6-6 tie in 1901.
At least for now Alabama vs. Tennessee along with Auburn vs. Georgia remain alive each year.
With the news of the continuation of the Third Saturday in October, here are just a few of the rivalries greatest moments:
2009 - Alabama 12 Tennessee 10
2005 - Alabama 6 Tennessee 3
2003 - Tennessee 51 Alabama 43 (5 OT)
1996 - Tennessee 20 Alabama 13
1993 - Alabama 17 Tennessee 17
1990 - Alabama 9 Tennessee 6
1982 - Tennessee 35 Alabama 28
1966 - Alabama 11 Tennessee 10