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2 games put Southern Football on the map


When you look at football in the South, it is no secret that Alabama is the top program.

They are one of the top programs in the country - now and historically.

And they played in the 1st game that put Southern Football on the map, this game is even sometimes called "the game that changed the South"

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It was the 1926 Rose bowl against Washington. The Huskies were heavily favored, but ultimately fell to the boys from Dixie as Alabama scored 20 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter.

OK - everyone saw that coming. But what was the 2nd big win for Southern football?

Glad you asked, it was the dedication of Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA when the Dawgs whipped heavily favored national powerhouse Yale.

The game was a big deal. Roughly 35,000 people attended the game, the largest crowd ever for a football game in Dixie at the time. NINE governors were in attendance.

And yes, the Hedges were up for the 1st game.

Those 2 big wins over national powers did a bunch to create respect for Southern football.

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18 Comments

Awesome!!! Cool post! Roll Tide!
In modern times, it was definitely Florida 41-14 tOSU

The start of the streak and the moment when college football power shifted South, probably for good

View PostHail2TheTide, on 10 June 2014 - 07:12 PM, said:

Awesome!!! Cool post! Roll Tide!

saying "cool post" is NOT as good as getting a hi five

View Postdcbl, on 10 June 2014 - 07:28 PM, said:



saying "cool post" is NOT as good as getting a hi five

Done

View Postzartan, on 10 June 2014 - 07:16 PM, said:

In modern times, it was definitely Florida 41-14 tOSU

The start of the streak and the moment when college football power shifted South, probably for good

Agreed. And for those who lived under a rock somewhere above the Mason-Dixon, Alabama-ND was the ultimate bitch slap of a wakeup call.
1931 General Neyland took the Vols to Yankee stadium in the bronx in front of 47,000 and beat NYU (a founding member school for collegiate football). It wasn't an upset. General Neylands Tennessee Teams built southern football while building a national brand with a national following.
3.00 tickets lol i wish

View PostBatteredPancake, on 13 June 2014 - 08:23 PM, said:

3.00 tickets lol i wish
Vandy tickets can't cost much more.
"Dixie's football Pride Crimson Tide Roll Tide Roll Tide"!!!!!!!
Very cool.  Yale I get, but Washington?  I don't know much about them other than they didn't suck in the 90s.

View PostMizzou_Fan, on 13 June 2014 - 09:15 PM, said:

Vandy tickets can't cost much more.
About the same as rams tickets

View PostBatteredPancake, on 14 June 2014 - 05:12 PM, said:

About the same as rams tickets

Difference being people buy Rams tickets
I've read a lot of books on the Bama Washington game, pretty cool history to read up on.

View Postsmokeyone, on 14 June 2014 - 06:31 PM, said:

Difference being people buy Rams tickets
Not my fault they stoopid

View PostBatteredPancake, on 13 June 2014 - 08:23 PM, said:

3.00 tickets lol i wish

Hell, I'd be happy if a large coke was $3.

View PostThe Internet, on 14 June 2014 - 10:29 PM, said:



Hell, I'd be happy if a large coke was $3.

So damn true!!!

View PostThe Internet, on 14 June 2014 - 10:29 PM, said:

Hell, I'd be happy if a large coke was $3.



There;s something odd about Spurrier's face in your avi........He's not wearing his visor!

View PostPuddingTime, on 14 June 2014 - 06:16 AM, said:

Very cool.  Yale I get, but Washington?  I don't know much about them other than they didn't suck in the 90s.

Washington was the Pacific Coast Conference Champion, which put them in the Rose Bowl, and was highly favored over Bama. They were 10-0-1 on the season with the tie at Nebraska. Half of the 10 wins were over Non-1A teams. Yes, they had beaten 5 Non-1A teams a combined scores of 367-9!

They must have been good because Bama had given up only 7 points the entire season, and Washington jumped on them for 19 unanswered points in the first half. Bama jumped back with 20 unanswered points in the second half, winning 20-19.