Tennessee at Alabama by the numbers: Tide’s winning streaks meet Vols’ losing streaks

Tennessee (3-3, 0-3) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0)

2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday (CBS)

Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

4 Receptions have been made by Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III this season, and each of them has resulted in a TD. Ruggs made it 4-for-4 in the Crimson Tide’s 41-9 victory over Arkansas on Oct. 14 when he caught a 20-yard TD pass from QB Jalen Hurts. Ruggs also has TD receptions of 16 yards against Fresno State on Sept. 9, 8 yards against Ole Miss on Sept. 30 and 8 yards against Texas A&M on Oct. 7. The catch against Arkansas gave Ruggs a three-game TD streak. Six SEC players have more TD receptions than Ruggs this season. They’ve combined to catch 144 passes with 32 TDs.

6 Previous games for Tennessee against Alabama when the Crimson Tide was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. Alabama won all those games – in 1979, 1980, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016. The Volunteers have a 2-10 record against the No. 1 team in the AP poll, with the victories coming against LSU in 1959 and Auburn in 1985. Tennessee has lost nine in a row to the No. 1 team since upending Auburn.

9 Fourth downs have been converted into first downs by Alabama in nine attempts this season. The Crimson Tide is one of three teams in the nation that has succeeded every time it’s gone for it on fourth down in 2017. Michigan is 5-for-5 and Miami (Fla.) is 2-for-2. Tennessee and Arkansas State are the only teams in the nation that haven’t converted a fourth down this season. The Volunteers have gone for it twice.

10 Consecutive victories have been posted by Alabama against Tennessee. The Volunteers haven’t beaten the Crimson Tide since a 16-13 victory on Oct. 21, 2006. That is Tennessee’s most recent game on Oct. 21, which is Saturday’s date.  

12 Consecutive losses against SEC West teams on the road for Tennessee. The Volunteers haven’t posted a victory in a Western Division team’s home stadium since they defeated Mississippi State 33-21 in Starkville on Oct. 13, 2007. Not included in the streak is a loss in the 2007 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta to LSU. Alabama has won its past 11 home games against SEC East opponents. The most recent Eastern Division team to win in Tuscaloosa is Georgia, which scored a 26-23 victory on Sept. 22, 2007.

13 Consecutive losses have been suffered by Tennessee in games against SEC West teams. Tennessee hasn’t beaten a team from the Western Division since topping Ole Miss 52-14 on Nov. 13, 2010. The Volunteers have a 36-33-1 record against SEC West opponents since the conference divided into divisions in 1992.   

13 Consecutive October games have been won by Alabama, the longest active winning streak in the 10th month in the SEC. The Crimson Tide’s most recent loss in October is a 23-17 defeat by Ole Miss on Oct. 4, 2014.

15 Consecutive games have been played by Tennessee against Alabama without scoring more than 20 points in regulation. The Volunteers most recently scored more than 20 points in four quarters against the Crimson Tide in their 35-24 victory in 2001. Tennessee defeated Alabama 51-43 in five overtimes in 2003, but had 20 points at the end of the fourth quarter in that game. 

16 Consecutive home games have been won by Alabama, the longest active streak in the nation. The Crimson Tide’s most recent loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium came against Ole Miss on Sept. 19, 2015.

19 Consecutive games against SEC East teams have been won by Alabama. The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost to an SEC East team since South Carolina scored a 35-21 victory over Alabama on Oct. 9, 2010. Alabama has a 51-19-1 record against SEC East opponents since the conference divided into divisions in 1992. 

19 Consecutive conference regular-season games have been won by Alabama since Ole Miss pinned a 43-37 defeat on the Crimson Tide on Sept. 19, 2015. That’s the sixth-longest streak in SEC history behind the 27 straight victories by Alabama (1976-80), 23 by Georgia (1980-83), 22 by Florida (1994-97), 20 by Tennessee (1937-40) and 20 by Alabama (1973-75). Those streaks don’t include SEC championship games. If they’re added, then Alabama’s current streak goes to 21 games and Florida’s goes to 25.

27 Consecutive games against top-10 teams have been lost by Tennessee. The Volunteers’ most recent victory against a team ranked in the AP top 10 is a 51-33 defeat of No. 10 Georgia on Sept. 7, 2006.

27 Consecutive home games have been won in October by Alabama. The Crimson Tide hasn’t been beaten at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the 10th month since South Carolina took a 20-3 victory on Oct. 2, 2004.

34 Consecutive Alabama games have featured at least one turnover by the Crimson Tide’s opponent. The most recent Alabama opponent that didn’t lose a turnover was Ole Miss in the Rebels’ 43-37 victory on Sept. 19, 2015. 

37 Consecutive games with a reception for Alabama WR Calvin Ridley, the longest active streak in the SEC and the third-longest in the nation. During his streak, Ridley has caught 194 passes, tied with D.J. Hall (2004-07) for second on Alabama’s career list behind the 228 receptions of Amari Cooper (2012-14).

42 Consecutive Alabama games have featured a rushing TD by the Crimson Tide, the longest streak in the nation. Alabama was most recently kept out of the end zone on the ground during a 20-13 overtime victory against LSU on Nov. 8, 2014.

45 Years ago to the day, the Tennessee marching band played “Rocky Top” for the first time at Neyland Stadium. On Oct. 21, 1972, the song made its first Tennessee game appearance during a 17-10 loss by the No. 10 Volunteers to No. 3 Alabama.

51 Victories in 57 games as the coach of the No. 1 team in the AP poll for Alabama’s Nick Saban. Both numbers are records.

66.7 Rushing yards per game have been given up by Alabama this season, the lowest figure in the nation. Tennessee has averaged 134.7 rushing yards per game this season. The Volunteers rank last in the SEC in rushing defense, yielding an average of 242.8 yards per game. Alabama leads the SEC in rushing offense, gaining an average of 302.6 yards per game.

70 Victories and 11 losses for Alabama when playing as the No. 1 team in the AP poll.  

71 Consecutive victories have been recorded over unranked teams by Alabama. The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost to an unranked team since falling to Auburn 17-10 on Nov. 24, 2007.

75 Yard TD runs have been turned in by Alabama RB Damien Harris in the first quarter of the past two Crimson Tide games. In Alabama’s 41-9 victory over Arkansas on Oct. 14, Harris ran 75 yards to the end zone on the first snap of the game. In the Tide’s 27-19 victory over Texas A&M on Oct. 7, Harris ran 75 yards for a TD on Alabama’s fourth offensive snap of the game. 

97 AP polls have had Alabama in the top spot, including this week’s rankings. Sixty-six of Alabama’s appearances at No. 1 have come in past 145 AP polls after the Crimson Tide made 31 appearances at No. 1 in the previous 984.

100 Football games between Alabama and Tennessee when Saturday’s contest kicks off. The Crimson Tide leads the series 54-37-8. Alabama leads the series with Tennessee 8-4 in Tuscaloosa. The Volunteers have lost six in a row at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with their most recent victory in Tuscaloosa a 51-43 five-overtime win in 2003. 

150:25 Since Tennessee scored its most recent touchdown. WR Tyler Byrd caught an 8-yard TD pass from QB Quinten Dormady with 25 seconds left in the first half of the Volunteers’ 17-13 victory over Massachusetts on Sept. 23, and Tennessee hasn’t reached the end zone since. The Vols’ scoring has been limited to four field goals in 10 quarters.

155 Consecutive AP polls have included Alabama, the longest current streak. Second on the active list is Ohio State at 90 straight polls. The second-longest current streak in the SEC is 18 polls by Auburn. The most recent AP poll that did not include Alabama is the final one of the 2007 season. The Crimson Tide’s streak is the eighth-longest in the poll’s history and the second-longest in SEC history. Nebraska set the record by being ranked in 348 consecutive polls from 1981 through 2002. Florida set the SEC record by being ranked in 209 consecutive polls from 1990 through 2002.

170 Penalty yards have been marked off against Alabama’s opponents this season. That’s the fewest yards for any set of opponents in the nation this season.

220 Consecutive games have been played without being shut out for Alabama, a school record. Alabama’s most recent shutout loss came 9-0 to Auburn on Nov. 18, 2000.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

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