PHOTO: Alabama fans paint 'The Rock' at Tennessee

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

It's "Third Saturday in October" week between Alabama and Tennessee , the bitter SEC rivals who'll square off in Tuscaloosa this Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS). And short of kidnapping Smokey, it's hard to think of a better rivalry week prank from Tide fans than painting Tennessee's famous campus landmark "The Rock" -- a kind of public Volunteer moodring/graffiti board, but cooler -- in Tide colors and anti-Tennessee sentiment.

And via Twitter user @DandyAndy110, it looks like Smokey was a little bit better protected last night than The Rock was:

The Vols have never beaten Nick Saban at Alabama in six tries and have lost their last three attempts by exactly 31 points each time. So as omens go, "GO 2 HELL TN" written on The Rock in white-on-crimson doesn't seem like much of an omen.

HT: Wes Rucker

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