CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Alabama-Tennessee football game will take place a month from today at Bryant-Denny Stadium, but what if next year's matchup at Neyland Stadium was scrapped?
What if the next college realignment tsunami involves Texas A&M and another university joining the Southeastern Conference's West Division, resulting in Auburn going to the East? Auburn president Jay Gogue said recently that his school would be willing to make that move if asked, but a rather glaring dilemma would develop quicker than a snap to the quarterback.
Would Tennessee remain Alabama's permanent opponent from the East, or would it become Auburn?
"From a guy who grew up in the SEC, it's a little disappointing to see all that's happening in college football," Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Wednesday. "I think we're tampering with something that has made college football so special, and that's the fans, the traditions, the rivalries, and the ability to go to road games. With your fan base seeing the same teams every year, you develop a deep history that makes this game special, but nobody is really worried about what I think or what the other coaches think.
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