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A Win Is A Win - BUT - Not ALL Wins Are The Same...

on 12/26/2016

How a win over Washington gave rise to Alabama and football in the South...!

The rise of Southeastern football in general and Alabama football specifically and all the endless gloating that goes along with it? It's Washington's fault.

That isn't just jealous prattle from fans of Oregon or Washington State, likely the two fan bases most annoyed by the Huskies' sudden rise to the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl opposite the vaunted Crimson Tide. 


No, it's a perfectly reasonable extrapolation from the words of multiple historians and sportswriters.

On the surface, No. 4 Washington squaring off with No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 31 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) feels like a collision of unconnected programs and regions with almost nothing in common. In fact, the four-game series between the two programs -- which has been dominated by the Crimson Tide -- is rife with meaning, most notably from their initial meeting in the 1926 Rose Bowl.

"
The most significant event in Southern football history," historian Andrew Doyle said in "Roses of Crimson," a documentary about the game.

It's a view seconded by former Birmingham News sportswriter Clyde Bolton: "
The 1926 Rose Bowl was without a doubt the most important game before or since in Southern football history." Why is that?

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