For some reason, I’m feeling a little loosey goosey about this thing. Aaron Murray turned it around, but they were all nail-biters. Holding them in 2011 after we scored, the fumble and running out the clock in 2012, running out the clock in 2013. Even 2004 we had to hold on at the end. 2007 was more demonstrative, but it never felt like a 2 score game until very, very late.
Saban’s first year, that 7-6 team showed up and absolutely stoned Tennessee, a team that went 9-3 and beat our 2007 Dawgs. Tennessee walloped us in Knoxville, we beat Bama in OT, but Bama routed UT. Previous games just aren’t harbingers of things to come until you have a much more clear identity, like, I know Chad Kelly is going to turn it over and I know Bama’s D is going to knock you silly. Those are identities. We just don’t have one, good or bad, yet.
Something smells like a route to me, like we are just going to play lights out and expose them, get after Del Rio (hello, Mr. Ledbetter) and shut them down. Eason grows up and we get an identity. I have no basis for this whatsoever. But, it would set a tone for Kirby’s tenure.
Tennessee was better than Bama that year, but it set a tone in a bitter rivalry, and UT has never beaten them. Can you believe that? Since Saban got there, UGA has beaten them, LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Auburn, aTm, and South Carolina have all beaten them. But not UT.
BTW, funny how things change so fast. Just a couple years ago we had lost to the Cocks 4 out of 5 seasons. Now we’ve beat them 3 out of 4. We are 2-2 vs. Vandy in the last four. Chew on that. We’ve lost 2 in a row to the Gators, but find a way to win Saturday and we’ve won 4 of 6.