Tennessee earned a much-needed victory over Alabama this past weekend, but it didn’t come without controversy.
Heading into last Saturday, the Vols were in the midst of a 15-game losing streak. There was a lot on the line in this one – including favorable positioning for the College Football Playoff.
Although Tennessee emerged with a narrow win, eagle-eyed Alabama fans noticed something bizarre about one of the refs overseeing the proceedings.
The video largely speaks for itself:
Did the head referee during the Alabama/Tennessee game celebrate a Tennessee touchdown?
You be the judge 👀 pic.twitter.com/YDQcddV8uH
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) October 18, 2022
Reactions poured in swiftly. Folks had some very strong takes on what the clip showed:
Hard to say, but the last two times he has been the ref in a road game for Bama we have lost. Could be a coincidence but I find that interesting and both games has issues from his crew
— A man with a plan (@onlyfrbama) October 18, 2022
If those guys didn’t collect bags of money after that game.
I actually would have less respect for them.
There is no way to be that pathetic while putting force any effort.
— SLOAN (@Julioarenas19) October 18, 2022
The refs were trash both ways. They made bad calls that helped Bama, and bad calls that hurt Bama.
The big sign they were trash? 20 minutes to figure out what down it was.
Pathetic and laughable.
— Jeff Patterson (@pattersonjeffa) October 18, 2022
I think he said go vols
— Danny G Foley (@DGardendale) October 18, 2022
Last weekend’s game shocked the entire college football world to its core. It was that massive.
It was wild.
While it’s debatable whether the refs actually had any hand in the Vols’ big win, given how dramatic everything from that outing was, it’s hard to blame Alabama fans for holding on to any little bit of hope that they didn’t simply get outplayed.
The next few weeks will be telling.
Tennessee has two tough games ahead in Kentucky and Georgia. Wins there would solidify them as the best team in the SEC, and perhaps all of college football.
At least one interesting thing happened at the Chargers game this week. https://t.co/AOtkMWoKde
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 19, 2022
Alabama, meanwhile, still has to go against Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Both are tough foes, but neither is Georgia.
Where will the Vols and Crimson Tide find themselves record-wise come season’s end?
Time will tell.