Winning rivalry video games comes with bragging rights and different rewards, however Alabama coach Nick Saban is aware of what dropping them brings.

“If you don’t have success in this game, I don’t care what else you accomplish in the season, there’s always a ‘but,’” Saban stated. “And what comes after ‘but’ usually isn’t good.”

First-year Commodores coach Clark Lea has more private ties than a lot of the SEC coaches, who did not develop up with a connection to their present faculty. He’s a Vandy alum and Nashville native.

“This is about being a Nashvillian and being a Vanderbilt fan since I was a child,” Lea stated. “So this game has always meant more and been something that we celebrated, and obviously I grew up in black and gold and cheering on the Commodores. So when I got to play in the game, obviously it had again a heightened sense of meaning to me.”