Reason 4 of 9: Why Alabama football returns to the CFB Playoff

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts from the sideline in the fourth quarter while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts from the sideline in the fourth quarter while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT /
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There are six weeks left until Alabama Football opens the 2017 season.  This week we’ll explain reason 4 of 9 why Alabama will return to the College Football Playoff.

Last week we covered Alabama’s Linebacking Corps as reason 3 of 9 why Alabama football will make it back to the College Football Playoff.

The fourth reason why Alabama will make it back to the College Football Playoff is something we’ll just call The Bama Hangover”.  Everything that can go wrong will go wrong in the most inopportune times or the team starts a decline after a victory over Alabama.

This has been ringing true for Alabama opponents since the inaugural season of the CFP.  Since that 2014 season Alabama has lost a total of only 4 games.  Those loses were to Ole Miss(2), Ohio State(1), and Clemson(1).

When Ole Miss defeated Alabama in 2014 both teams were entering that game undefeated.  Bama bounced back and went on an 8-game winning streak en route to winning the SEC Championship.

Ole Miss, however, lost four of their last eight games including a 42-3 blowout by TCU in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

In the 2015 season, Ole Miss again upset Bama only to drop three of their next seven games.  Including an upset loss to American Athletic Conference foe Memphis.

Ohio State defeated Alabama in the 2014 CFP semi-final and went on to win the national championship against Oregon.  It may seem like they were the one team to beat Alabama and not fall victim but in the words of Lee Corso, “Not So Fast”.

Let’s look into Ohio State’s performances since that 2014 victory.  The Buckeyes were in prime position to make it back to the CFP in 2015 but an ill-timed loss to Michigan State derailed those playoff hopes.

In 2016 OSU took a mid-season loss to Penn State but still managed to get into the CFP.   They were then embarrassed 31-0 in the semi-final by eventual champion Clemson.

Of course, Alabama lost to Clemson last year so we must wait to see how they fare this year.

Feeling a bit curious I decided to look further into opponents who defeated Alabama in the 2011-2013 seasons.  I stand firm that teams peak once they beat Bama and either decline or never reach that level again. RESULTS BELOW!

LSU: Defeated Bama in 2011.

  • Hasn’t played in the SEC Championship since
  • 3 Bowl Wins
  • 0 wins against Alabama
  • 49-19 record since
  • ALABAMA: 68-7 record, 3 National Titles, and 4 SEC Titles since loss

Texas A&M: Defeated Bama in 2012.

  • 2 Bowls Wins
  • 0 wins against Alabama
  • 36-19 record since
  • ALABAMA: 55-6 record, 2 National Titles, and 4 SEC Titles since loss

Auburn: Defeated Bama in 2013.

  • 1 Bowl Win
  • 0 wins against Alabama
  • 24-17 record since
  • Lost in the National Championship
  • ALABAMA: 40-5 record, 1 National Title, and 3 SEC Titles since loss

Oklahoma: Defeated Bama in 2013.

  • 1 Bowl Win
  • Lost in CFP by 20
  • 30-9 record since
  • ALABAMA 40-4 record and 1 National Title since loss

*Alabama has been in EVERY College Football Playoff since its creation.

 

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Next week, the 5th reason why the Tide will be poised for another College Football Playoff run will be revealed. Connect with us on Facebook and share your thoughts on why Alabama football will have another championship season.