One big reason that Alabama now has an all-time record of 54-37-8 in the 99 seasons that the Crimson Tide has played a football game against Tennessee is that in the last 10 years, Bama has put up 10 victories.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban continues to put together an amazing record, including dominating the team that historically has been the biggest challenge to Tide superiority in the South. The Crimson Tide has won three national championships in the past seven years and is No. 1 in polls this year.
This week Alabama (7-0) will host sixth-ranked Texas A&M (6-0 after having had an open date Saturday) at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday. CBS will televise the game.
It never hurts to look at some of the Alabama accomplishments under Saban. Bringing it up to date after Bama’s 49-10 win over Tennessee in Knoxville Saturday night:
Alabama now has the longest winning streak in Football Bowl Subdivision (major college) play with 19 consecutive victories dating back to last season’s loss to Ole Miss. The 19-game winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in Alabama history. The Crimson Tide record is 28 consecutive wins, accomplished twice (1978-80 under Coach Paul Bryant and 1991-93 under Coach Gene Stallings).
This is the second time Saban’s Bama teams have put together 19-game winning streaks, the first coming 2009-10.
During the current stretch, Alabama has won eight games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, seven true road games, and four neutral site games (including last year’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game over Clemson).
Bama has won 12 consecutive Southeastern Conference games during the streak. The Tide has outscored its opponents in those 19 games by 473 points, 735-262. That works out to an average of 38.7-13.8, which is 24.9 points per game.
Saban’s road record at Alabama is 35-6, a winning percentage of 85.4. That includes five perfect seasons in road games – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015 – and he has lost more than one road game in only two seasons, 2007 and 2010.
Bama is on a nine-game winning streak in road games.
While at Alabama, he has compiled a 69-13 (.841) record versus conference foes, and is outscoring league opponents by 3,276-1,283, or 39.9-15.6 points per game. Of his 13 losses against SEC opponents while at Alabama, all but two (Florida, 2008 and South Carolina, 2010) have been by seven points or less.
Following the win over ninth-ranked Tennessee, Saban has a 22-6 (.786) record in Associated Press matchups. That trails only Notre Dame’s Frank Lehy (19-2-1, .886) and USC’s Pete Carroll (13-3, .813) among coaches with a minimum of 15 top 10 contests.
Against AP teams in the top 25, Saban has passed Bryant for third place with 67. Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno leads the list with 86, four victories ahead of Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (82). Recently retired Duke, Florida, and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is fifth at 64.