For those keeping count, Alabama has beaten Tennessee in nine straight seasons.
Whether it’s by way of blowout or hanging on in a close game, the Crimson Tide has dominated the “Third Saturday in October” during coach Nick Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa.
But that hasn’t stopped some Tennessee players from poking out their chests and displaying some bravado in reference to this year’s matchup with Alabama.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones spoke on Tuesday at the SEC spring meetings, and the topic of Tennessee’s social media trash talk came up.
Asked if he liked that type of bravado or if he wished the players would dial it back, Jones seemed to lean more toward players toning things down a bit.
“We spend a lot of time in educating (on) social media,” Jones said with a smile, according to a video from al.com’s Michael Casagrande. “This is a generation that’s been brought up on broadcasting every emotion that you have. We’ll continue to educate them. We have tremendous respect for Alabama — and who wouldn’t from what they have there — and everyone in our conference.
“I think it’s just, sometimes individuals (are) excited to play, excited about the season. Again, that was one of my topics yesterday with our freshman class. Not broadcasting every emotion that you have, and understanding (what) you represent (and) that the program is always bigger than you.”
Tennessee pushed Alabama late into last year’s game, but the Crimson Tide held on for a 19-14 victory in Bryant-Denny Stadium. This season, the Volunteers are expected to be improved and they have the benefit of hosting the Tide in Neyland Stadium.