Morgan Wallen, Kelsea Ballerini & Kenny Chesney Hang With Peyton Manning Before Tennessee’s Victory Over Alabama

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Gonna be quite the party in Knoxville tonight.

The Tennessee Volunteers knocked off the Alabama Crimson Tide today for the first time since 2006, thanks to a walk-off field goal from Tennessee kicker Chase McGrath to cap off one of the best college football games we’ve seen all damn season.

The game more than lived up to the all the hype – and before kickoff, there were some country stars hanging with one of the most famous Tennessee alumni in the world.

Three east Tennessee natives and country music superstars Morgan Wallen, Kenny Chesney and Kelsea Ballerini, along with legendary Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, were spotted hanging out at Saloon 16, located just minutes away from Neyland Stadium, ahead of kickoff before today’s big game.

Looks like the group even hopped behind the bar to serve up – or maybe just consume – some drinks.

Gotta think there’s going to be a lot of alcohol consumed by these four tonight.

Tennessee Fans Remind Alabama Fans That “Dixieland Delight” Is About Tennessee

Alabama came into to Rocky Top today ranked number three in the nation, and were a seven point favorite over the sixth ranked Volunteers.

Tennessee hadn’t beaten Bama in what feels like an eternity, with their last win over the Crimson Tide dating back to 2006.

It had been so long that the University of Tennessee is having to teach their students about their traditions after beating Bama.

Needless to say, Volunteer fans are fired up, and it’s been awesome seeing the football rivalry slowly renew between the two schools.

However, there may be an even bigger argument going on.

And it’s all about Alabama’s 1983 hit, “Dixieland Delight.”

For those who aren’t familiar, the University of Alabama has always played “Dixieland Delight” in between the third and fourth quarter for as long as I can remember.

It’s one of the coolest traditions in all of college football.

However, according to the lyrics, the setting of the song is in Tennessee.

It literally says in the first line…

“Rolling down a backwoods, Tennessee byway”

The song was also written by Ronnie Rogers out of Nashville.

So, this has sparked a massive debate on Twitter between Alabama and Tennessee fans. Is “Dixieland Delight” about Alabama, or Tennessee?

Coming from a non-bias perspective, this is an easy answer. It’s about Tennessee, because the state is mentioned MULTIPLE times in the lyrics, regardless of the name of the band.

Of course, you also have your Alabama fans who are in denial of this, but Tennessee fans have been sure to remind them the cold hard truth:

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A beer bottle on a dock