The Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Volunteers are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college sports teams at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. In September 2011 Dave Hart, formerly the assistant athletic director at the University of Alabama, was introduced as Tennessee's new athletic director. Hart became the school's first athletic director in Tennessee history to oversee both the women's and men's athletic departments as they merged in June 2012 after which Joan Cronan, the former women's athletics director became the senior adviser to Hart and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.
The Third Saturday in October, also known as the Alabama–Tennessee football rivalry, is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the Alabama Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama and Tennessee Volunteers football team of the University of Tennessee, approximately 315 miles (507 km) apart. It is known as the Third Saturday in October because the game was traditionally played on it prior to the 1992 football season, when the Southeastern Conference split into its Eastern and Western divisions. From 1995 to 2012, it has only been scheduled for that date six times.
Overall, Alabama leads the series with an official 50–38–7 record (51–37–8 on the field).