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The Tennessee - Vanderbilt rivalry is looking for a name, and wants your suggestions


In-state rivals Tennessee and Vanderbilt have been facing off for well over 100 years now. Their first game took place back in 1892, and yet for 110 meetings it has lacked the catchy rivalry game.

Alabama and Auburn have the Iron Bowl, Texas and Oklahoma have the Red River Shootout, Boston College and Notre Dame have the Holy War, Oregon State and Oregon have the Civil War, and Ole Miss and Mississippi State have the Egg Bowl. You get the point. In my mind, it's not a proper rivalry without a catchy name.

Even though the Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt rivalry is a bit lopsided by rivalry standards (Tennessee leads the series 74-30-5) it is still one of the oldest match ups in college football, and for that reason The Tennessean feels that it deserves a proper name, and they're even willing to step up to the plate to provide the trophy that goes up for grabs each season.

Which way to go with the name of the rivalry game is a point of contention and when The Tennessean put out word that they were looking for some suggestions, they got a little bit of everything.

Some fans would like to see the game's name pay homage to former coaches (Dudley/Neyland Legacy Trophy). Others would like to see it named for the stretch of road that separates Knoxville from Nashville (The I-40 Cup, The Battle for I-40, etc.) and some fans would like to see the cultures or heritages of each city represented (The Smoky Mountain Music Cup, Smoky Mountain Music Game, Sounds of the South). Of course, whiskey related names were popular suggestions as well (Whiskey Barrell Bowl, Whiskey War, Whiskey Bowl).

All in all, the Tennessean has compiled a pretty solid list of suggestions (see them all here) and now it's just a matter of thinning them out sending them to each respective athletic department, and coming to a consensus.

If you have a name for the game that would fit, shoot it to me on Twitter to @CoachSamz and I'll share the best ones below and make sure the Tennessean gets the suggestions as well.