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Ten Things: Alabama

We’re almost three months away from September 14th’s big game at Kyle Field, but that isn’t stopping Aggie fans from already getting excited about this one. The Crimson Tide have won three BCS National Championships in the last four seasons, but here’s ten things about Nick Saban’s team you might not know.

Saban has never coached a team to a losing record in 17 years as a head coach.

Alabama – September 14

1 – The Crimson Tide haven’t lost a road game in over two seasons. Their last defeat away from home was a 24-21 loss to LSU in 2010.

2 – Nick Saban is 8-1 in Championship Games. His only loss was the 2008 SEC Championship Game loss to Florida.

3 – Since coming to the SEC, Nick Saban has only lost to the same team in consecutive years twice, and only once at Alabama. LSU defeated Alabama in 2010 and 2011. Florida defeated LSU in 2000 and 2001. At Michigan State, it happened several times, including two three game losing streaks Michigan and Purdue.

4 – In 17 years as a head coach, Nick Saban has never coached a team to a losing record. He finished .500 twice at Michigan State at 6-6. His first team at Alabama technically goes down as a losing record in the books because of an NCAA ruling, but the team finished the year 7-6.

5 – Johnny Manziel’s 32 yard rush against the Crimson Tide last season was the longest rushing play they allowed all season. Manziel, who threw for two, was also the only quarterback to throw for more than one touchdown against the Crimson Tide.

6 – The longest punt return by a Crimson Tide opponent in 2012 was 14 yards. A&M’s Dustin Harris was one of three people to reach that mark.

7 – A&M’s 29 points a season ago were the most given up by Alabama since 2010. South Carolina put up 35 in 2010. Before that you have to go back to 2008 when Georgia, ranked third at the time, scored 30 in a 41-30 loss. It was the most points Alabama has given up at home since a 41-34 loss in 2007 to LSU.

8 – Alabama was the only team to outgain the Aggies head-to-head in 2012. A&M put up 418 yards against the Crimson Tide, but Alabama put up 431.

9 – Under Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide are 62-3 when leading at the half.

10 – Alabama has only visited Kyle Field one other time. In 1988 the Aggies and the Crimson Tide played on December 1st in a game rescheduled because of a hurricane earlier in the year.

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