It was more dominant than you think. We went 73-14 from 1995 to 2001. Saban's run is also the most dominant in the history of the sport, so of course any run we've had isn't going to be as dominant as that.
I think you're also forgetting that FSU finished in the top 10 every single year from 1987 to 2000. Nebraska finished outside the top 10 just 11 times from 1962 until 1997 (35 years). When exactly was this era when there weren't dominant teams?
You don't like this era of football because UT hasn't been one of the dominant teams. Plain and simple.
Tennessee had 2 Conference Titles. To put that in perspective, Georgia had more Conference Titles under Mark Richt.
Spurrier murdered Tennessee every year. Alabama hasn't had a Spurrier in the way.