It’s one of the Southeastern Conference‘s most legendary rivalries, and when the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tennessee Volunteers clash, there’s no shortage of love lost between the two programs. Alabama leads the all-time series 55-38-7, including winning the last 11 matchups against the Volunteers.
“The Third Saturday in October” will take place for the 101st time on Saturday, and you can bet that while a mutual respect does exist, there’s going to be more than a few harsh words exchanged between fans on game day in Knoxville. There’s one fan, though, whose epic rant has stood the test of time and remains an iconic symbol of the deeply rooted hatred between these two college football programs.
Irvin Carney was a sophomore at the University of Alabama when Nick Adam, a campus reporter at the university, approached him during Tennessee week on campus in 2007.
What ensued was an epic viral video rant that, despite how much an Alabama fan might hate Tennessee football, you could not put it more eloquently than Carney did that day.
Pick any reason you want from this fan trashing Tennessee — from the garbage truck workers at Neyland Stadium to the utter despise of former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer — but there might not be a better reason for Carney’s hatred than the “throw-up orange” Tennessee colors.
“It’s that puke inside of a pumpkin orange, and I don’t like pumpkins.” — Irvin Carney
During the most recent 11-game win streak, the Crimson Tide have beaten the Volunteers by a total score of 396-126. This year, former Alabama football coach Jeremy Pruitt will try to become the first former assistant under head coach Nick Saban to beat him. In games against former assistants Derek Dooley, Jim McElwain, Will Muschamp, Mark Dantonio, Jimbo Fisher and Kirby Smart, Saban’s teams are a perfect 12-0.
Pruitt will try to crack the code on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville, but it’s been so long since the Vols have won that nobody attending Tennessee probably remembers their last victory in this SEC matchup.
It’s been so long that Twitter user @allyewilliams put together a hilarious thread of “Do You Remember?” pictures from the last time Tennessee won against Alabama.
We’ll see if that deep-rooted hate for Tennessee finally boils over, and they’re singing Rocky Top in Knoxville, or if the nightmare will continue, and they’ll be singing Sweet Home Alabama all night long once again on The Third Saturday in October.