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Alabama Football: It has been 5,000 days since Tennessee has beaten Alabama in lopsided rivalry

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Within the Southeastern Conference and in college football itself, there are schools in which Alabama football has consistently dominated.

One of those institutions is the University of Tennessee and while Jeremy Pruitt is making progress, it has been a long time since it gained success versus the Crimson Tide.

Pruitt, who served on Nick Saban’s staff at defensive coordinator from 2016 to 2017, was brought to the Volunteers to defeat his former boss. 

Saban is undefeated against his former assistants and he’s 13-0 versus Tennessee in the Cigar Bowl. 

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Since being hired to Alabama in 2007, only twice have the Vols made the Tide sweat under Saban.

Alabama pulled out a 12-10 victory in 2009 and a 19-14 win in 2015 – both matchups were played at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide outscored Tennessee, 255-83 in its six matchups at Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.) with four games of at least 40 points. 

2006 was the last year the Volunteers beat Alabama. Tennessee was ranked No. 7 at the time and pulled out a 16-13 win at home. 

It has been 5,000 days since that moment, and Tide fans and media pundits will constantly remind supporters of Rocky Top of it via Twitter.

Coach Pruitt has been strong on the recruiting trail and this year’s meeting returns to Neyland Stadium.  

It should be an entertaining one.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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