Monday, October 24, 2016

Alabama claims the trophy rolling over the Aggies

Original photo from Vasha Hunt/

Alabama scored a non-offensive touchdown for the 10th consecutive game and that was the play that broke Texas A&M for good.
The Aggies hung around and held the lead in the third quarter but the Crimson Tide continued their dominance in a 33-14 victory.
Most importantly, Alabama took over ownership of the jiMpossible-sarcasMike Trophy. This is the first time they've held the trophy since October 2010. Alabama has held the trophy several times over it's history. Their all-time record in trophy games is 47-20.
As with this week, they first won the trophy with a victory over Texas A&M in the 1942 Cotton Bowl before losing to Georgia on Halloween of that next season. Their second run with the trophy was short lived, but also came with a bowl victory over Syracuse in the 1953 Orange Bowl. They somehow lost the 1953 season opener to Southern Miss.
A victory in the 1964 Sugar Bowl over Ole Miss started a season long run for Alabama, that ended in a loss in the 1965 Cotton Bowl to Texas.
Alabama next took the trophy from arch rival Auburn in the 1971 Iron Bowl before losing Nebraska in the 1972 Orange Bowl.
Their 1977 victory over USC led to 9 more wins before  the Trojans took the trophy back in the second half of the home-and-home in 1978.
The Tide got revenge in the 1985 Aloha Bowl over the Trojans and won 7 more times before losing to Penn State in October of 1986.
A pattern developed as they beat the Nittany Lions in September of 1987 but lost to Florida the next week. They retook the trophy from LSU in November, but again lost their next game to Notre Dame.
The Tide went trophy-less until defeating Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship game. They ran off 5 more victories until South Carolina surprised them in October of 2010.
Before Saturday their most recent attempt to take the trophy was their loss to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

Obviously Alabama is favored the rest of the way. They have a bye this week before heading to LSU on 11/5. They host Mississippi St, Chattanooga and Auburn to close out the regular season. If everything goes as expected they will take the trophy to the SEC Championship game and the playoffs after that.

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