I hope rest of the Tennessee fan base isn’t as close minded as you. I fear many more years of heartache on the football field. We are being out worked, out coached and out recruited. While we are happy with 8 or 9 win seasons Bama is playing for championships. Until we change the culture we are doomed!
We are Vanderbilt to Alabama now a cupcake it’s sad because the third Saturday in October used to be the one of the best rivalries in college football. I have been flamed on here before for suggesting we end our yearly game with them but it makes sense to do it when you look at the numbers. Tenneseee should quit playing Alabama.
The vast majority of the teams in the nation are cupcakes to Alabama. I mean for crying out loud, the completely embarrassed an absolutely loaded OSU last year. Take LSU 2 years ago. Arguably the greatest CF team if all time and they were barely able to put Bama away.
Georgia, FSU, Miami for me. Georgia first simply because it’s in conference, the other two for obvious reasons.
Florida-LSU has become very similar to what Florida-Tennessee used to be. Intense games, usually very close, weird things happen, upsets both ways, etc. I would still put Florida-Tennessee right there with LSU in terms of rivalry, but behind Ga/FSU/Miami.
Florida also has a few nuisance rivalries; Kentucky, even though we beat them for like 30-something straight years, looks at UF as a rival, probably spinning from FL being their only equal in basketball particularly during the Billy D years. South Carolina, because they keep hiring our former coaches; Spurrier and Muschamp. Playing against those two former coaches definitely kicked up the intensity of this game. Somehow, UCF also considers Florida a rival, even though we’ve crushed them in the only few times we’ve played them and they’re our pesky little cousins.
1. UGA - They’ve cost us SEC titles dating back to the 1960s. For me they will always be Public Enemy #1. Lindsay Scott never has to pay for a meal in the state of Georgia because we don’t make a play on 3rd and long 40 years ago.
2. FSU - Your little brother grows up and becomes just as successful as you, in spite of taking consistent beatings throughout your childhood.
3. Miami - While I’d love to play them more often, it’s probably a good thing we don’t. This game brings out the worst in both fan bases.