The Alabama-Tennessee rivalry doesn't have the national relevance as it did in previous decades, but the series still has plenty of meaning to both teams.
Longtime fans make sure of it.
''It's kind of grown on me now,'' Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest said. ''Last year, I didn't know. I thought it was always Alabama-Auburn. I didn't really know about the Tennessee game. But a lot of the older fans take this game real seriously. It's bigger than Alabama-Auburn to them.''
It may not mean as much to the younger generation because it's been a while since each program was strong at the same time. The last time both teams were ranked when they faced off was in 2005, when No. 5 Alabama edged No. 17 Tennessee 6-3. This year, the top-ranked Crimson Tide are favored by three touchdowns.
Tennessee (3-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) has lost 10 of its last 11 conference games and is 0-13 against Top 25 opponents since Derek Dooley took over the program in 2010. Alabama (6-0, 3-0) is the de...