The first 3 games of the The Third Saturday in October were played in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Alabama won 24-7 in 2014 and 32-23 in the 2018 SEC Championship game on their way to securing their second national championship. Tennessee won a defensive slugfest in 2015 by a score of 9-7.
Since 2020 it has become a yearly fixture, and is quickly becoming a must watch SEC matchup. Tennessee won that year in another close game, 13-10, which marked Goldson's first win against the Tide. The following season, Tennessee was off to a dismal and unexpected 0-4 start. That changed on the Saturday afternoon of Week 7, as Tennessee rallied in the 4th to get a 30-24 home win behind a strong Goldson performance. This would the last game that the legendary @SageBow would coach, as he resigned for personal reasons. A fitting way for him to finish.
This marked the first time Tennessee had a lead in the series despite a -25 point differential over the first 5 games.
2022 was perhaps the best game of the series. Saturday afternoon came around again, with a 7-0 and highly ranked Alabama hosting a 4-3 Tennessee team with 3 losses against quality competition.
The game was tied up at the end of every quarter, finishing 17-17 at the end of regulation. Both teams played clean football, finishing with no turnovers, but the kicking game had kept the game tied. The Volunteer's Patrick Major had missed a 47 yarder early in the 4th but composed himself to make his next 3 that kept Tennessee fighting. His counterpart Jason Damico missed field goals of 51 and 55 yards that prevented the Tide from winning it in regulation. The first overtime ended with a field goal each. Tennessee only managed a field goal in the second overtime period, and Tide QB Linus Petty willed himself across the goal line, pushing through a crowd of Volunteers to end the threat of an upset in Tuscaloosa.
This leaves the series tied at 3-3. Goldson is 2-1 against Alabama, and Alabama QB Greg Carnes is yet to make an appearance against the Volunteers. This game is shaping up to be another classic, with a resurgent Tide looking to crush the dreams of perhaps the best Volunteers team since the 2019 Playoff Semifinalist, while Goldson is looking for another signature win and to keep the hopes high in Knoxville.
Tune in on the 3rd Saturday afternoon in 3 years to watch the 3-3 all time 3rd Saturday in October series (I'm sensing a trend here) sway in the favour of one team.
Good luck @CadeRich5, looking forward to it.