Best of Week 7: Alabama is on ‘Dixieland Delight’ watch


Week 7 is here, and we’re singing a new verse of an old tune.

The biggest news this week in Tuscaloosa was Tua Tagovailoa’s sprained knee the return of beloved stadium anthem “Dixieland Delight” for No. 1 Alabama’s game against Missouri (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The fan favorite — by the band Alabama, the three-time Country Music Association Entertainers of the Year, no less — was last played in Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2015, but was nixed due to the annotations made by a large segment of the crowd (their additions indicated in bold):

Spend my dollar (on beer)
Parked in a holler ‘neath the mountain moonlight (Roll Tide)
Hold her up tight (against the wall)
Make a little lovin’ (all night)
A little turtle dovin’ on a Mason Dixon night (F— AUBURN)
Fits my life (and LSU)
Oh so right (and Tennessee, too)
My Diiiixielaaaaaaaaand Delight

Such a shame to corrupt a beautiful tune about … what’s that now? We’ll let Wikipedia break it down:

“The song’s title refers to the girlfriend of the singer. Later in the song, [songwriter Ronnie] Rogers conjures up images of various forest animals (e.g. a white-tailed buck and a red-tailed hawk) and how they bring peace to him, before returning to how the main character plans to become intimate with his girlfriend during their weekend outing.”

Seems like the perfect jam to get the people going in the fourth quarter. So along come athletic director Greg Byrne, Tide running back Damien Harris, UA student body president Price McGiffert and one Miss Terry Saban, begging fans to let “Dixieland Delight” live by not saying the very bad words.

Some are (understandably) dubious of fans’ abilities to refrain …

While others are playing the long game.

We’ll see whenever the fourth quarter rolls around. Whatever you do, don’t disappoint Miss Terry, y’all.

The best games

A decade of Dabo

A year ago today, Clemson introduced Dabo Swinney as its interim head coach following the ouster of Tommy Bowden. The Tigers released a video to commemorate the anniversary.

Was it in the basement?

Did you know Texas A&M and South Carolina will be playing for a trophy on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network)? Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp did not.

According to, the trophy hasn’t been seen because it has actually been at the Alamo, hanging out since the Aggies have never had to relinquish it, going 4-0 against South Carolina in the SEC era.

Wanna see it? Here it is being held by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

Just kicking it around

Tennessee forced a Jarrett Stidham fumble and bounced it down the field until picking up for a touchdown.

What they’re wearing

Illinois is honoring a legend for its homecoming game against Purdue (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

Ole Miss is wearing all whites for its visit to Arkansas (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).

West Virginia is suiting up in the Stormtrooper unis for its night game at Iowa State (7 p.m. ET, FS1).

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