KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama radio host Ryan Fowler says he doesn’t want to see the Crimson Tide’s streak of football wins over Tennessee end anytime soon.
But for the betterment of the rivalry, that’s what needs to happen.
“It’s 4,253 days since the last time the Tennessee Volunteers have lined up and beat the Crimson Tide,” Fowler said on the SEC Country football podcast.
“For this rivalry to continue, Tennessee at some point is gonna have to beat Alabama. It’s gonna have to happen if we are gonna re-establish this thing, as far as what the Third Saturday in October means.”
Alabama has won 11 straight in the series dating back to a Vols win in 2006. The Tide have been ranked in the top 10 in their last 10 victories over Tennessee, including five occasions when they were ranked No. 1.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer told Jeremy Pruitt when he took over as the Vols’ coach that he will ultimately be judged by what he does against rivals Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Fulmer went 11-5 against Alabama and 11-6 against Georgia, but was 5-12 against Florida.
Fowler said he considers himself a huge Pruitt fan and celebrates his work in the Tide secondary.
“I appreciated him more by watching him do that magic in the secondary,” Fowler said. “When he came back in 2016, he came in and really cleaned up a lot of that secondary.”
WNML’s Josh Ward and Fowler discussed what’s ahead for Tennessee and Alabama this season in this podcast.
Tennessee Football Podcast