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What is the worst Alabama loss in history?

Someone recently posted on the worst “disaster” in Alabama sports. My friends were discussing the worst "loss" in Alabama football history. This was sparked by discussions about the 2010 Auburn game. Having witnessed that disaster in person, especially amidst all the success of the last five years, it is difficult to not put it at the top. I decided to try to conduct a more in depth review of the losses from 1958 through 2012. Over those 55 seasons there were 155 losses in what I have categorized as 5 coaching eras:
  • Bryant Years (1958-1982 – 25 seasons - 232-46-9 - 6 NC)
  • Perkins and Curry years (1983-1989 – 7 seasons - 58-25-1 - 0 NC)
  • Stallings Years (1990-1996 – 7 seasons - 70-16-1 - 1 NC)
  • All those other coaches (1997-2006 – 10 seasons - 67-55-0 - 0 NC)
  • Saban years (2007-2012 – 6 seasons - 68-13-0 - 3 NC)

My selections of the worst losses during each coaching era are as follows:

Overall worst losses of Bryant era:
  1. 1971 Nebraska (Orange 6-38) - giving up 38 points - only loss of the season - obvious national championship implications (NCI) - 32-point margin is 4th most lopsided 1 vs 2 in AP history (2nd most at the time)
  2. 1975 Missouri (7-20) - only loss of the season - only second regular season loss in five seasons (71-75) - potential NCI
  3. 1972 Auburn (16-17) - blew 16-3 lead - only regular season loss - obvious NCI
Overall worst losses of Perkins/Curry era:
  1. 1988 Mississippi (12-22) - Homecoming - blew 12-0 lead - 1st UM win over UA in state of Alabama
  2. 1987 Notre Dame (6-37) - giving up 37 points
  3. 1989 Auburn (20-30) - blew 20-10 halftime lead - only regular season loss - NCI
Overall worst losses of Stallings era:
  1. 1991 Florida (0-35) - worst team loss in 34 years - only loss of season
  2. 1990 Louisville (Fiesta 7-34) - giving up 34 points
  3. 1994 Florida (23-24) - only loss of year - NCI
Overall worst losses of 1997-2006:
  1. 2001 LSU (21-35) - Homecoming - tied at 21 in 4th Quarter - Rohan Davey’s 540 yds offense ties SEC record
  2. 2005 Auburn (18-28) - Gave up 21 1st Quarter points - 11 sacks!
  3. 2003 Tennessee (43-51) - blew 4th Quarter lead - offense blew 1st & 2! - defense blew 4th & 19 - lost in 5OT
Overall worst losses of Saban era:
  1. 2010 Auburn (27-28) - blew 24-0 2nd Quarter lead - the loss keeps Auburn in line for BCS championship game
  2. 2010 South Carolina (21-35) - breaks 19-game win streak - potential NCI
  3. 2007 Louisiana-Monroe (14-21) - La Mo!
OVERALL WORST ALABAMA LOSSES OF 1958-2012:
  1. 1971 Nebraska (Orange Bowl - 6-38) - giving up 38 points - only loss of season - NCI, 32-point margin is 4th most lopsided 1 vs 2 in AP history (2nd most at the time)
  2. 2010 Auburn (27-28) - blew 24-0 2nd Quarter lead - the loss keeps Auburn in line for BCS championship game
  3. 1991 Florida (0-35) - worst team loss in 34 years - only loss of season
  4. 2001 LSU (21-35) - Homecoming - tied at 21 in 4th Quarter - Rohan Davey’s 540 yds offense ties SEC record
  5. 1988 Mississippi (12-22) - Homecoming - blew 12-0 lead - 1st UM win over UA in state of Alabama

I suppose I put more emphasis on games with the most at stake, such as championship games and those games that were the only loss of a season, which usually also had national championship implications. We are also expected to always win the homecoming game, so the stakes are high even if no national championship implications. I suppose keeping the cross-state rival from playing for the national championship is a big deal, but surely out-right losing the national championship, especially in such a lopsided fashion, is a worse loss.

So let’s hear your justification for why another game was the worst.

FanPosts are just that; posts created by the fans. They are in no way indicative of the opinions of SBN and the authors of Roll Bama Roll.

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