We need your intensity in Neyland Stadium. As we host our rivals, remember what it means to be a Volunteer. pic.twitter.com/Hv3EshU8t1
— UT Knoxville (@UTKnoxville) October 18, 2018
The Third Saturday in October rivalry reignites on Saturday afternoon when the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide visit Rocky Top to play the Tennessee Volunteers. The rivalry will have a bit of a fresh twist to it with former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt now leading the Vols and fresh off a road victory against the Auburn Tigers.
When Tennessee fans and Alabama fans get together, it’s cordial and respectful more often than not, but sometimes it does go a bit too far. With some Alabama fans making the trip up to Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Tennessee athletic director Phil Fulmer had a message for the home crowd in Knoxville. In a video released by UT Knoxville on Twitter, Fulmer calls for all fans to bring an intense but respectful atmosphere to Neyland Stadium.
“We need your intensity and continued support and Volunteer spirit at Neyland Stadium,” Fulmer said. “Before, during, and after our team is carrying the fight on the field, I’m asking you, all of our fans, to remain respectful to those around you and to our visitors. As we host our rivals, remember that being a Volunteer represents toughness, intensity, pride in our orange, and that we show class as we represent our great university.”
Even with a historic rivalry playing out on the field, Fulmer just wants Vol Nation to remain respectful to those dressed in crimson.
The game between the Volunteers and Crimson Tide kicks off at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday afternoon. The game will air on CBS.