Two big SEC games this weekend!!!!

Tennessee lineman Steven Fowlkes stops Georgia State quarterback Ben McLane as he drops back to pass at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee lineman Steven Fowlkes stops Georgia State quarterback Ben McLane as he drops back to pass at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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I am still sad about losing ESPN Game Day to rival Tennessee Vols because we can’t finish against ULM. With less than 4 minutes left ULM shanks a punt 9 yards and we take over at the ULM 44 yard line and all we have to do is get the ball a few yards down the field and kick a fieldgoal to go up by 10 but instead we give the ball back to them and they end up winning.

It is quite strange to only have 2 SEC conference games the 3rd week of the football season. Last weekend we had several games and the rest of the season will be flooded with games. However, this weekend we only have two. Bama travels to Fayetteville to take on my Hogs and Florida travels to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on the Vols.

I am going with Tennessee to win by 1 with a last second fieldgoal in this game and I think the Hogs will play their best game of the year and the game will be decided on the final possession. This is assuming that Tyler Wilson will be back like I am hearing that he will be. He did practice on Wednesday but has not been cleared to play yet.

One thing is common on both of these series. The home team has gone a long time without winning. The hometown Hogs have not beaten Alabama in several years and the hometown Vols have not beaten Florida since 2004.

Wikipedia reports on the Tennessee Florida results of the past:

Florida victories are colored blue ██. Tennessee victories are colored orange ██. Ties are white

Date Location Winner Score
October 28, 1916 Tampa, FL Tennessee 24–0
October 22, 1921 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 9–0
December 8, 1928 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 13–12
December 6, 1930 Jacksonville, FL Tennessee 13–6
December 3, 1932 Jacksonville, FL Tennessee 32–13
October 28, 1933 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 13–6
October 26, 1940 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 14–0
October 14, 1944 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 40–0
November 15, 1952 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 26–12
November 14, 1953 Gainesville, FL Tennessee 9–7
November 13, 1954 Knoxville, TN Florida 14–0
November 12, 1955 Gainesville, FL Tennessee 20–0
December 27, 1969 Jacksonville, FL Florida 14–13A
October 24, 1970 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 38–7
Date Location Winner Score
October 2, 1971 Gainesville, FL Tennessee 20–13
October 23, 1976 Knoxville, TN Florida 20–18
October 22, 1977 Gainesville, FL Florida 27–17
October 13, 1984 Knoxville, TN Florida 43–30
October 12, 1985 Gainesville, FL Florida 17–10
October 13, 1990 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 45–3
October 12, 1991 Gainesville, FL Florida 35–18
September 19, 1992 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 31–14
September 18, 1993 Gainesville, FL Florida 41–34
September 17, 1994 Knoxville, TN Florida 31–0
September 16, 1995 Gainesville, FL Florida 62–37
September 21, 1996 Knoxville, TN Florida 35–29
September 20, 1997 Gainesville, FL Florida 33–20
September 19, 1998 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 20–17
Date Location Winner Score
September 18, 1999 Gainesville, FL Florida 23–21
September 16, 2000 Knoxville, TN Florida 27–23
December 1, 2001 Gainesville, FL Tennessee 34–32
September 21, 2002 Knoxville, TN Florida 30–13
September 20, 2003 Gainesville, FL Tennessee 24–10
September 18, 2004 Knoxville, TN Tennessee 30–28
September 17, 2005 Gainesville, FL Florida 16–7
September 16, 2006 Knoxville, TN Florida 21–20
September 15, 2007 Gainesville, FL Florida 59–20
September 20, 2008 Knoxville, TN Florida 30–6
September 19, 2009 Gainesville, FL Florida 23–13
September 18, 2010 Knoxville, TN Florida 31–17
September 17, 2011 Gainesville, FL Florida 33–23
September 15, 2012 Knoxville, TN

AThe Florida–Tennessee game played on December 27, 1969 was the 1969 Gator Bowl.

Series record sources: 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide,[53]2011 Tennessee Football Media Guide,[54] and College Football Data Warehouse.[55]

Georgia State quarterback Ben McLane runs 12 yards for a touchdown with just under one minute left in the game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. UT won the home opener 51-13.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)<br /><br /><br />

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Georgia State quarterback Ben McLane runs 12 yards for a touchdown with just under one minute left in the game against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. UT won the home opener 51-13.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Here is an article by John Adams on the Tennessee Florida series:

John Adams: The Streak has been one long chomp

John Adams
  • By John Adams
  • govolsxtra.com
  • Posted September 9, 2012 at 6:16 p.m

As soon as Tennessee’s game with Georgia State game ended, The Streak came to mind.

Why wouldn’t it?

The Tennessee-Florida rivalry, which will resume Saturday atNeyland Stadium, has become more of a streak than a series — a seven-game succession of Florida chomps and UT blunders.

Florida was streaking in the 1990s, too, when it beat the Vols five consecutive times (1993-97). But the Gators were dominating the SEC in those days. They’re an also-ran in the East now.

Florida has lost 11 games the previous two seasons. It has lost to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia in succession. It has lost back-to-back games to South Carolina. It has lost to Mississippi State. It has almost lost to Vanderbilt.

It still hasn’t lost to the Vols since 2004.

Depending on your side of The Streak, different names come to mind. Florida fans remember Tim Tebow converting on fourth-and-short or Brandon James going long. They remember Dustin Doe scooping up a fumble and running for a touchdown or Tony Joiner breaking up an ill-advised fourth-down pass from a freshman punter. They remember Janoris Jenkins intercepting in a crowd and Chris Rainey running free in the secondary.

Florida fans remember who scored. UT fans remember who fumbled.

Doe couldn’t have altered the course of Florida’s 59-20 victory in 2007 if UT running back Arian Foster hadn’t fumbled the ball his way when the Vols were only eight points down in the third quarter.

Britton Colquitt had to choose a pass over a punt before Joiner could become a fourth-down hero in 2005. And some coach had to sign off on kicking or punting the ball in James’ direction (pick any season between 2006 and 2009).

Obscured in those highlights and low-lights is my signature play of The Streak. It occurred in the last minute of the first half in 2008.

The Gators already had a 20-0 lead as UT lined up a yard away from their goal line. A third-down pass was incomplete. A fourth-down pass was intercepted by Jenkins.

Did I mention that the Vols had two downs to make 1 yard? You think someone with play-calling clout might have lobbied for at least one run?

Then again, maybe not. Two things the Vols haven’t done in The Streak: run the ball, or hold onto it as well as the Gators.

The rushing statistics are staggering in The Streak. The Gators rushed for 255 yards in the 2007 game. That’s only 80 yards fewer than the Vols have totaled rushing in the seven lost games. UT had -9 yards rushing against the Gators last season. They had -11 yards in 2006. Only once during what qualifies as the Dark Ages of the series have they rushed for more than 100 yards (117 in 2009).

Nor have the Gators had more turnovers than the Vols in any of the seven games. Florida has thrown just three interceptions in The Streak. UT might have thrown five last season if the Gators hadn’t dropped a handful of opportunities.

The Streak began with a drop.

The Vols were going for a third consecutive victory in the series in 2005 and looked capable of pulling it off at halftime. Then, early in the third quarter of a 7-7 game, Eric Wilbur punted the ball to UT’s Jonathan Hefney. He fumbled the ball back to the Gators, who took the lead on a field goal moments later en route to a 16-7 victory.

The series hasn’t been the same since.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns

Here is the series results between Arkansas and Alabama from Hogville:

Football Series History vs. Alabama

Winning team is bolded and Razorback Red.
 
Date Home Team Away Team Score
2012-09-15 Arkansas Alabama
Coach: John L Smith Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
2011-09-24 Alabama Arkansas 38 – 14
Coach: Bobby Petrino Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
2010-09-25 Arkansas Alabama 20 – 24
Coach: Bobby Petrino Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
2009-09-26 Alabama Arkansas 35 – 7
Coach: Bobby Petrino Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
2008-09-20 Arkansas Alabama 14 – 49
Coach: Bobby Petrino Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
2007-09-15 Alabama Arkansas 41 – 38
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL – Alabama Forfeited this game
 
2006-09-23 Arkansas Alabama 24 – 23
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
2005-09-24 Alabama Arkansas 24 – 13
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL – Alabama Forfeited this game
 
2004-09-25 Arkansas Alabama 27 – 10
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
2003-09-27 Alabama Arkansas 31 – 34
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
2002-09-28 Arkansas Alabama 12 – 30
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
2001-09-22 Alabama Arkansas 31 – 10
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
2000-09-23 Arkansas Alabama 28 – 21
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
1999-09-25 Alabama Arkansas 35 – 28
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
1998-09-26 Arkansas Alabama 42 – 6
Coach: Houston Nutt Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
1997-09-20 Alabama Arkansas 16 – 17
Coach: Danny Ford Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
1996-09-21 Arkansas Alabama 7 – 17
Coach: Danny Ford Notes: Little Rock-AR
 
1995-09-16 Alabama Arkansas 19 – 20
Coach: Danny Ford Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL
 
1994-09-17 Arkansas Alabama 6 – 13
Coach: Danny Ford Notes: Fayetteville-AR
 
1993-09-18 Alabama Arkansas 43 – 3
Coach: Danny Ford Notes: Tuscaloosa-AL – Alabama Forfeited this game
 
1992-09-19 Arkansas Alabama 11 – 38
Coach: Joe Kines Notes: Little Rock-AR
 
1980-01-01 Alabama Arkansas 24 – 9
Coach: Lou Holtz Notes: New Orleans-LA – Sugar Bowl
 
1962-01-01 Alabama Arkansas 10 – 3
Coach: Frank Broyles Notes: New Orleans-LA – Sugar Bowl
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