8 Stats from Alabama’s 8-Game Winning Streak Over Tennessee
In a series known for streaks, the Third Saturday in October has turned one of its deepest shades of crimson. When these two tradition-rich programs meet in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Alabama will look to extend its 8-game winning over Tennessee.
It's been one of the most dominant stretches of the rivalry as Nick Saban has completely flipped the script since arriving in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide had won only twice in 12 seasons prior to Saban's hire, but everything about this series changed when he stepped on campus.
Not only has Alabama won, but its done so convincingly. These eight stats will show you just how lopsided the series has become during the Saban era.
- The 8-game winning streak is the second-longest in the history of the series. Bear Bryant won 11 straight over Tennessee from 1971 to 1981.
- Alabama enters this year as a 14.5-point favorite according to oddsmakers. The Vols have only covered that number twice during this losing streak (lost by two in 2009, lost by 14 in 2014).
- Tennessee has featured four different coaches during this time. Phillip Fulmer stepped down after the 2008 season. Lane Kiffin stepped in for 2009. Derek Dooley lost three times from 2010-2012. Butch Jones gets his third attempt this week.
- The Crimson Tide's average margin of victory since 2007 is 35.4 to 11.9. Cumulatively, it looks like this: 283-95.
- Looking deeper into the offense of Tennessee, you'll find that the Vols have scored a total of seven touchdowns in the past 30 quarters of football against Alabama. Meanwhile, Bama has scored 10 offensive TDs in the past eight quarters.
- Tennessee has never scored more than two touchdowns in a game against Alabama while Nick Saban has been head coach. The Crimson Tide has scored at least three touchdowns every game except one (2009).
- If you broke this rivalry into quarters over the past eight years, Tennessee would have beaten Alabama just five times in 32 tries. The Vols didn't win a single quarter of football in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012.
- Out of 480 total minutes of football since 2007, Tennessee has led Alabama for a grand total of 14:14 seconds. That's equivalent to 2.96% of the time.
BONUS STAT: The Crimson Tide enters this Saturday's game ranked #8 in the nation, which makes it seven consecutive years ranked inside of the top 10 at the time of this rivalry game. It's a little surprising, but this is Alabama's lowest ranking in this game since 2007.
Alabama and Tennessee will meet once again this Saturday at 2:30PM to add another chapter to this southern rivalry.