When it comes down to it, Alabama had to play Tennessee every year when they were a powerhouse in the 1990s and early 2000s. Complaining about permenant rivals is idiotic. It's not like we're asking to play Vanderbilt every year, we're playing a program with the capacity to contend but has not lately.
The ultimate problem is the 8-game schedule which Alabama is the only vocal supporter of expanding the conference schedule. If people want to complain about scheduling unbalance, then they need to consider what is their school's stance on schedule expansion first before opening their mouths. There is a reason why we're still playing 8 games which makes no sense with a permanent interdivisional rival and it's because most schools refuse to play one more SEC game in favor of a gimme home game...and we know Saban (therefore Mal Moore) disagree.