Bowl Foe

With conventional wisdom having it that Alabama will play Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl on January 2, that would mean a new opponent for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has played some 120 opponents over the years, but not the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has been projected as the Big 12 representative in the Cotton Bowl.

Although it's a story for another day, a number of historic Alabama opponents no longer exist (i.e., Wetumpka). And some were not even colleges, ranging from the likes of Birmingham High School, to athletic clubs in Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and New Orleans, and military installations (i.e., Keesler Field). It also includes colleges that no longer have football teams (i.e., Spring Hill).

The old Southwest Conference consisted of eight Texas teams. Alabama played games against seven of them, the lone exception Texas Tech.

Alabama's ineffectiveness against Texas (0-7-1 record) keeps the Tide's record against the old SWC close. Bama has a 17-14-1 record against the seven Texas teams. (Surprisingly, Alabama also has a losing record, 0-3, against Rice–the famous Cotton Bowl setback best known for Tommy Lewis' off-the-bench tackle of Dickie Moegel and two defeats at the hands of the Owls in the J.B. Whitworth era. TCU has a 3-2 mark against Bama.

Alabama has a 2-0 record against Baylor, a 9-0 mark against Houston, a 2-0 record against SMU, and a 3-1 advantage against Texas A&M.

If Alabama makes it to the Outback Bowl in Tampa instead of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, there is an outside chance Alabama could play a first time opponent. Northwestern is one of the Big Ten teams that could provide the opposition for a Southeastern Conference team at the Outback Bowl.

Alabama has limited history against the other two potential Big Ten representatives.

If the opponent is Wisconsin, the Crimson Tide could avenge the 15-0 loss Bama suffered at the hands of the Badgers in 1928.

An Alabama-Michigan match-up would pit two of the nation's all-time winningest teams for the fourth time. And all three previous meetings have been in Florida, inclujding two in Tampa.

All three Alabama-Michigan games have come down to the final moments, including one ending in overtime. Michigan has a 2-1 advantage in the three games and the scoring has been close. The Wolverines have scored 77 points, Bama 75.

In 1987 in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Michigan took a 28-24 decision. In Gene Stallings final game as head coach at Alabama, the Crimson Tide was a 17-14 winner over the Wolverines in the Outback Bowl. In 1999, the teams met in the Orange Bowl and when Alabama missed an extra point kick in overtime, Michigan was a 35-34 winner.


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