2020 Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Alabama is a combined 378-167-22 (67%) all-time against their 2020 opponents. Head coach Nick Saban is 84-14 against the 2020 opponents. Alabama does not have a losing record against any SEC team.

9/5 vs USC (Arlington, Texas)

All-time series: Alabama leads 6-2

Nick Saban record: 1-0

Last meeting: 2016 – Alabama won 52-6
Like the 2020 game, this game also took place in Arlington, Texas during week 1. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts threw just 11 passes, completed 6, for 118 yards and 2 TD (plus 1 INT). RB Damien Harris ran for 138 yards on 9 carries.

Coaching connections: Steve Sarkisian was an offensive analyst the last time these two teams met in 2016 and is now officially the offensive coordinator for Alabama. Sarkisian went 12-6 as USC head coach from 2014-15 after previously being offensive assistant from 2005-2008.

9/12 vs Georgia State

All-time series: Alabama leads 2-0

Nick Saban record: 2-0

Last meeting: 2013 – Alabama won 45-3

Recent trends: Alabama has won both games by a combined score of 108-10.

Alabama vs Sun Belt: Against teams currently in the Sun Belt conference, Alabama is 16-1. The one loss came against Louisiana-Monroe in 2007, in Saban’s first year.

9/19 vs Georgia

All-time series: Alabama leads 40-25-4

Nick Saban Alabama record: 5-1

Last meeting: 2018 – Alabama won 35-28 in the SEC Championship Game
QB Jalen Hurts came in to relieve an injured Tua Tagovailoa and completed 7-9 passes, throwing for 82 yards and a touchdown and also running for a touchdown.

Last regular season meeting: 2015 – Alabama won 38-10 on the road
RB Derrick Henry ran for 148 yards and a touchdown. WR Calvin Ridley caught 5 passes for 120 yards and 1 touchdown.

Recent trends: Alabama has won 5 in a row, including 2 SEC Championship Games (2012 and 2018) and the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game

Last Alabama loss: 2007 – Georgia won 26-23 in overtime, in Saban’s first year
This was the last regular season game between schools in Alabama. QB John Parker Wilson ran for 2 touchdowns and completed just 17-35, for 185 yards.

Coach connections: Georgia head coach Kirby Smart worked with Nick Saban at LSU (DB coach in 2004), Miami Dolphins (Safety coach in 2006), and Alabama as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2007-2015. He left after 2015 to become Georgia head coach.

Scott Cochran, longtime Nick Saban assistant and Alabama trainer, left the Tide in early 2020 to serve as an on-field coach for Georgia, coaching special teams.

9/26 vs Kent State

All-time series: Alabama leads 2-0

Nick Saban record: 2-0; 3-0 overall record – as head coach of Toledo in 1990, his team won 28-14

Last meeting: 2016 – Alabama won 48-0

Recent trends: Alabama scored 48 points in both games winning 48-0 and 48-7 (2011)

10/3 @ Ole Miss

All-time series: Alabama leads 54-11-2

Nick Saban record: 11-2

Last meeting: 2019 – Alabama won 59-31

Recent trends: Alabama has won 4 in a row, following a 2-game losing streak

Last Alabama loss: 2015 – Alabama lost 43-37 at home. Alabama outscored Ole Miss 20-13 in the fourth quarter of a thrilling game.
2015 was the second consecutive loss to Ole Miss for Alabama. RB Derrick Henry ran for 127 yards and a touchdown. QB Jake Coker threw 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and completed just 21-45 passes.

Coach connections: First year Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin was Alabam’s offensive coordinator from 2014-2016. He was fired the week before the 2016 National Championship, and replaced for the game by current OC Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian also replaced Kiffin at USC when he was fired in 2013 as head coach. Sarkisian and Kiffin worked together at USC in 2005-2006 as OC (Kiffin) and QB coach (Sarkisian).

10/10 @ Arkansas

All-time series: Alabama leads 23-8

Nick Saban record: 13-0

Last meeting: 2019 – Alabama won 48-7
QB started the first game of his career, with Tua Tagovailoa out injured. Jones threw 3 touchdown, completing 18-22 passes for 235 yards.

Recent trends: Alabama has won 13 in a row

Last Alabama loss: 2006 – Alabama lost 24-23
Alabama QB John Parker Wilson completed 16 of 20 passes for 243 yards and 3 TD

10/17 vs Mississippi State

All-time series: Alabama leads 84-18-3

Nick Saban record: 12-1

Last meeting: 2019 – Alabama won 38-7

Recent trends: Alabama has won 12 in a row

Last Alabama loss: 2007 – Alabama lost 17-12 in Saban’s first season

Player connections: Offensive lineman Scott Lashley, a former 4-star prospect from Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class, transferred to Mississippi State before the 2020 season. In 2016, he was the 8th ranked player in the state of Mississippi.

Alabama junior WR Drew Kobayashi transferred before the 2019 season from Washington State, where he was recruited as the #5 player from Hawaii by new Mississippi State Mike Leach.

10/24 @ Tennessee

All-time series: Alabama leads 58-38-7

Nick Saban record: 13-0

Last meeting: 2019 – Alabama won 35-13

Recent trends: Alabama has won 14 games in a row

Last Alabama loss: 2006 – Alabama lost 16-13 in Knoxville

Coach connections: Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was a defensive assistant on Nick Saban’s staff (coaching under current Georgia head coach and then-Alabama DC Kirby Smart) from 2007-2012. Pruitt returned from 2016-2017 to serve as defensive coordinator when Smart left Alabama and has been Tennessee head coach since 2018.

Butch Jones’ official title at Alabama is special assistant to the head coach. He has been on Saban’s staff to Alabama since 2018, after spending almost 5 years as Tennessee’s head coach. Jones went 34-27, but just 14-24 at Tennessee from 2013-2017.

11/7 @ LSU

All-time series: Alabama leads 53-26-5

Nick Saban record: 10-4

Last meeting: 2019 – Alabama lost 46-41 at home

Recent trends: Alabama had won 8 in a row before losing in 2019

Championship history: Alabama beat LSU 21-0 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley hit 5 field goals and RB Trent Richardson scored the game’s only touchdown late in the fourth quarter

Coach connections: Alabama head coach Nick Saban coached at LSU from 2000-2004, going 48-16 overall (28-12 in SEC play) and leading the Tigers to the 2003 BCS National Championship.

11/14 vs UT-Martin

First ever meeting

11/21 vs Texas A&M

All-time series: Alabama leads 10-2

Nick Saban record: 7-1

SEC history: Alabama is 7-1 since A&M joined SEC in 2012

Last meeting: 2019 – Alabama won 47-28

Recent trends: Alabama has won 7 in a row

Last Alabama loss: 2012 – the first SEC meeting between schools, A&M won in Tuscaloosa led by Johnny Manziel

Coach connections: Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher’s relationship with Nick Saban dates back to LSU. Fisher was Saban’s offensive coordinator and QB coach from 2000-2004, during Saban’s full tenure.

Alabama special teams coach Jeff Banks, coached special teams and tight ends at Texas A&M from 2013-2017, before coming to Alabama. His last act with Texas A&M was serving as interim coach in the 2017 Belk Bowl, which the Aggies lost to Wake Forest.

11/28 vs Auburn

All-time series: Alabama leads 46-37-1

Nick Saban record: 8-5

Last meeting: 2016 – Alabama lost 48-45

Recent trends: Alabama has lost 2 of the last 3, but have won 4 in a row at home

Coach connections: Auburn co-defensive coordinator Travis Steele was Nick Saban’s first DC at Alabama when he was hired in 2007. Steele was part of Alabama until 2008 and returned in 2013 for two years.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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