Alabama's all-time record against 2015 opponents
If ever you need a reminder of Alabama’s storied tradition, a quick look at the record books should remedy that.
There’s not a single opponent on this year’s schedule who the Crimson Tide have faced more than once that owns a winning record against Alabama.
While a successful past makes for fond remembrances, after last year’s loss in the national semifinals, it’s safe to assume Alabama and its fans are more interested in adding to the history books than in reliving glories.
Here’s a breakdown of the Crimson Tide’s history against every opponent on this year’s schedule.
2015 record according to history: 9-1-2*
Most unfamiliar opponent: Charleston Southern
Most familiar opponent: Mississippi State
Most lopsided series: vs. Ole Miss
*Based on which team holds an all-time series advantage.
Sept. 5 vs. Wisconsin: The Badgers should provide a challenge for the Tide in the season opener to be played in Arlington, Texas, but Alabama — which hasn’t lost a season opener since 2001 — is currently a double-digit favorite. The only previous meeting between the teams came in 1928, when Wisconsin won, 15-0.
Series history: Wisconsin leads, 1-0
Sept. 12 vs. Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders have fielded respectable Sun Belt teams in the last three years, but they remain 3-33 all-time against current SEC teams — and all three win came against Vanderbilt. Odds favor a 3-34 mark by the time Sept. 13 rolls around.
Series history: Alabama leads, 2-0
Sept. 19 vs. Ole Miss: Last year’s 23-17 win over the Rebels brought an end to Alabama’s 10-game winning streak in the series and derailed an otherwise-perfect regular season for the Crimson Tide. In the history of the series, which dates back to 1894, Ole Miss never has beaten Alabama in consecutive seasons.
Series history: Alabama leads, 51-9-2
Sept. 26 vs Louisiana-Monroe: The Warhawks’ last trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium is a game most Alabama fans would like to forget, but probably haven’t. ULM knocked off Alabama, 21-14, in 2007; it’s a reminder of how far the Tide has come since Nick Saban’s first season at the helm.
Series history: Tied, 1-1
Oct. 3 at Georgia: Alabama’s first true road game comes nearly a month into the season, and it promises to be a good one. After dropping three straight to the Bulldogs in the mid-2000s, the Tide has won the last two meetings in memorable fashion. Bama famously spoiled Georgia’s blackout game in 2008, then held off the Bulldogs in 2012’s classic SEC title game.
Series history: Alabama leads, 37-25-4
Oct. 10 vs. Arkansas: The Tide survived a close call in Fayetteville last year and will have a chance to run their series winning streak to nine straight this season. Alabama has yet to lose to the Hogs under Saban.
Series history: Alabama leads, 18-7
Oct. 17 at Texas A&M: After splitting a pair of tightly-contested battles with the Johnny Manziel-led Aggies, Alabama turned last year’s tilt into a laugher and rolled to a 59-0 win. The Tide outgained Texas A&M 602-177 and led 45-0 at halftime.
Series history: Alabama leads, 5-2
Oct. 24 vs. Tennessee: Since kicking off in 1901, the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry has been marked by rotating periods of domination for both sides. Currently, the Tide are on an eight-game series winning streak, the longest for either team since Alabama won 11 straight from 1971-81.
Series history: Alabama leads, 52-37-8
Nov. 7 vs. LSU: Since Saban’s arrival in Alabama added an extra layer of intrigue, the Tide-Tigers rivalry has developed into one of the SEC’s most meaningful. Last year’s 20-13 win in OT gave Alabama its fourth straight win in the series; the Tide hasn’t lost to LSU since the 9-6 regular-season game in 2011.
Series history: Alabama leads, 49-25-5
Nov. 14 at Mississippi State: No team matches Auburn when it comes to Alabama’s rivalries, but the Bulldogs are actually the Tide’s most frequent opponent. Just 83 miles separate the two universities, but historically speaking, the talent gulf is much wider. From 1958 to 1995, Mississippi State won only once.
Series history: Alabama leads, 79-17-3
Nov. 21 vs. Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers of the Big South Conference (FCS) will get their first taste of football in Tuscaloosa this year. Bless their hearts.
Series history: First meeting
Nov. 28 at Auburn: You don’t need Phyllis from Mulga, Ala., to tell you this is one of the greatest rivalries in college football. Since Auburn’s pre-Saban string of wins, the Tide have won five of the last seven. And, as has become an annual ritual, the SEC West crown could be on the line for one or both of these teams in this year’s game.
Series history: Alabama leads, 43-35-1