Alabama at Missouri by the numbers: Tide takes aim at Tigers’ home streak
No. 2 Alabama, Missouri
6 p.m. CDT Saturday (ESPN)
Memorial Stadium in Colombia, Missouri
4 wins for Alabama and two wins for Missouri in the Tide Tigers series. Alabama has won the last four meetings, including its two previous trips to Colombia when it posted a 38-20 win in 1978 and a 42-10 win in 2012.
5 consecutive Missouri head coaches have not won more than four games in their first season. The Tigers have a new coach this season, with Eli Drinkwitz replacing Barry Odom. Missouri won one game under Woody Widenhofer in 1985, two under Bob Stull in 1989, three under Larry Smith in 1994, and four under Gary Pinkel in 2001 and Odom in 2016.
Alabama recorded 6 straight wins when the season opened with an SEC game. The Crimson Tide have an 11-7-1 early-season record against a conference rival. Since a 7-7 loss to Ole Miss in Jackson, Mississippi, at the start of the 1976 season, Alabama has won every time the season started with a conference game, most recently with a 28-17 win over Vanderbilt in 1999. It’s the first time that Missouri has started the season with a conference game since joining the SEC in 2012. The last Game 1, which was also a league game for Missouri, took place in 1996 when the Tigers were members of the Big 12 and opened with a 40-10 loss to rival Texas.
8.9 tackles were averaged per game in 2019 by Missouri LB Nick Bolton, the top number in the SEC. Bolton returns for the 2020 season.
9 players in the two teams were the first team picks in the coaches All-SEC preseason pick – Alabama DE LaBryan Ray, G. Landon Dickerson, RB Najee Harris, OT Alex Leatherwood, LB Dylan Moses, WR DeVonta Smith, CB Patrick Surtain II and WR / AP / RS Jaylen Waddle and Missouri LB Nick Bolton.
14 consecutive seasons in Missouri included a win in the Tigers’ first home game. Missouri has not lost its home opener since a 45:35 loss to New Mexico on September 10, 2005. During its winning streak, the Tigers beat nine NCAA FCS opponents, four Mid-American Conference teams and West Virginia. In the last eight home openings, Mizzou achieved double-digit offensive values in the first quarter.
16 straight wins for Alabama when the Crimson Tide opens its SEC schedule on the road. Alabama last had a 0-1 conference record after a street game in 1991 when the Tide lost their Florida opener 35-0.
Alabama has won 18 consecutive inaugural games. The 18-game series is the second longest in SEC history, but not the school record. Alabama opened its season with a 30-time victory from 1904 to 1934. (Alabama did not field a team in 1918.) Only the last two of those victories came as SEC members. The last loss of the Crimson Tide in a season opening game came on September 1, 2001 with 20: 17 against UCLA. Florida holds the SEC record for consecutive season opening victories at 27 from 1990 to 2016. Alabama’s season-opening winning streak currently ranks second in NCAA FBS. The state of Ohio started its last 20 seasons with a win.
Alabama has won 19 consecutive September games, the longest current winning streak in the ninth month on the SEC. The last loss of the Crimson Tide in September went to Ole Miss on September 19, 2015 (43:37).
20 years since Alabama started the season on its opponent’s home field. In 2000, the Crimson Tide lost to UCLA 35-24 in Pasadena, California. Since then, Alabama has played 10 neutral-based games and nine home competitions in its inaugural game.
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Alabama has won 26 consecutive games against SEC East teams. The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost to an SEC East team since South Carolina beat Alabama 35:21 on October 9, 2010. The winning streak includes five SEC championship games and the CFP championship game for the 2017 season. Alabama’s streak is 10 games longer than the second-longest Interdivision winning streak since the SEC split in 1992. Tennessee won 16 in a row against SEC West opponents between one 17:13 loss to Alabama on October 15, 1994 and a 28:15 loss. Lost 24 to Arkansas on November 13, 1999. Alabama has a 56-19-1 record in regular season games against the SEC East. Missouri has set a 9-7 record in regular season games against SEC West since joining the league in 2012.
45 years since Missouri started the season against such high-level opponents as Alabama this year. The Tigers’ # 2 opponent in 1975 was also Alabama, and Missouri upset the Crimson Tide 20-7 at Legion Field in Birmingham.
70 years since a football season opened in Missouri in late September. The Tigers kicked off the 1950 campaign with a 34-0 loss to Clemson on September 30th. Saturday marked Alabama’s youngest start since 1958, when the Crimson Tide kicked off the campaign on September 27 with a 13-3 loss to LSU in Mobile. Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first game as Alabama’s coach.
Alabama has recorded 91 consecutive wins against unrated teams – the longest such streak (14 games) in NCAA FBS history since the AP poll began in 1936. The Crimson Tide has not had 17 against one since its fall against Auburn unrated team lost -10 on November 24, 2007.
101 wins, 21 losses and three draws for Alabama in the opening games. The Crimson Tide has won its last 18 season opening games. Missouri has an 83-41-5 record in the opening games. The Tigers lost their 2019 season opening game 37-31 against Wyoming.
199 consecutive AP polls covered Alabama, the longest current series in the country. Second on the active list is Clemson with 88 direct polls. The second longest current series in the SEC is 52 Georgia polls. The last AP poll without Alabama was the last of the 2007 season. The Crimson Tide series is the fourth longest in the history of the poll. The longest streak by an SEC team (and the third longest ever) is 209 Florida polls from 1990 to 2002.
255 consecutive games without exclusion to Alabama, a school record and the fourth-longest streak in SEC history. Alabama’s most recent shutout loss was 9-0 to Auburn on November 18, 2000.
1,124 rushing yards were won in 2019 by Alabama RB Najee Harris, who is returning for the 2020 season. Six Crimson Tide players have run 1,000 yards in more than one season – Johnny Musso in 1970 and 1971, Bobby Humphrey in 1986 and 1987, Shaun Alexander in 1998 and 1999, Kenneth Darby in 2004 and 2005, TJ Yeldon in 2012 and 2013, and Damien Harris in the years 2016 and 2017.
1,256 receiving yards were won in 2019 by Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, who is returning for the 2020 season. Eleven SEC players have recorded two 1,000 yard reception seasons, including three for Alabama – DJ Hall 2006 and 2007, Amari Cooper 2012 and 2014, and Jerry Jeudy 2018 and 2019. The other SEC players with two 1,000 yard reception seasons are Florida’s Jabar Gaffney in 2000 and 2001, Josh Reed from LSU in 2000 and 2001, J’Mon Moore from Missouri in 2016 and 2017, Ole Miss’ AJ Brown in 2017 and 2018, Sidney Rice from South Carolina in in 2005 and 2006, Joey Kent from Tennessee in 1995 and 1996, Mike Evans from Texas A&M in 2012 and 2013, and Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt in 2012 and 2013.
15,655 is allowed to participate in the Saturday game at Memorial Stadium with a capacity of 60,168 people.
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