Remember well the 1958 season, the year the Vols defeated Alabama and Ole Miss and lost to Chattanooga and Kentucky en route to a 4-6 record.
It was Bear Bryant’s first year at Alabama and Bowden Wyatt’s fourth in Knoxville.
Tennessee won 14-7 on Shields-Watkins Field and won two years later by 20-7 in Knoxville, before Bryant real got things cranked up. Wyatt was gone by the summer before the 1963 season.
Doug Dickey arrived in 1964 and was 3-2-1 against the Crimson Tide before heading to Florida.
It seems like only yesterday that Bryant was squaring off with Wyatt this day 59 years ago.
A great deal has happened since then.
A new chapter in the history of both schools is set to be written this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
The historians should have a great deal to say and write once this one, meeting No. 100, is in the record books.
It will likely be as much about what happens off the field as it is on the field.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017