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Has the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama ever played American football against each other while being ranked #1 and #2 in the nation?

  • Are you writing about american football or football (=soccer)? – Ale Aug 4 '16 at 18:12
  • American football – Mike Skinner Aug 4 '16 at 18:21
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Has the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama ever played football against each other while being ranked 1 vs 2 in the nation?

No.


First, here are the seasons in which the Tennessee Volunteers were at least ranked #2 during the season:

  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1951
  • 1956
  • 1967
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2001

Next, here are the seasons in which the Alabama Crimson Tide were at least ranked #2 during the season:

  • 1937
  • 1945
  • 1961-1967
  • 1971-1975
  • 1977-1982
  • 1986
  • 1989
  • 1992-1993
  • 2008-2015

Thus, the only season both teams were ranked at least #2 is 1967. For this game that took place on October 21, 1967, Alabama was ranked 6th and Tennessee was ranked 7th. Tennessee won the game 24-13.

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    Before the AP rankings began, Alabama dealt Tennessee its only loss of the season in 1930. Alabama finished 10-0 and Tennessee 9-1. The next year, Tennessee returned the favor and finished 9-0-1 to Alabama's 9-1. Winsipedia has a graphical visualization of each team's record over the years. – Michael Myers Aug 4 '16 at 22:16

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