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Alabama Worst Losses Since 1998 Ranked

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Alabama's 28-point stunning loss to Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game was Nick Saban's worst loss of his 12-season tenure with the Crimson Tide – double the amount of points in his previous worst defeat. Losses by any amount are a rarity for both a coach like Saban, who's dropped only 21 games in 12 years as the head coach for the Tide, and for a program as successful as Alabama has been in general. 


Here are Alabama's eight worst losses over the last 20 years. 

8. 14 Points: 45-31 vs. Oklahoma (Jan. 1, 2014 – Sugar Bowl)

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Saban certainly didn't make this mistake this twice after his Crimson Tide thrashed Lincoln Riley and his improved Sooners 47-34 in this season's CFP Semifinal matchup with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Alabama had the Sooners down 28-0 in the second quarter of that game too. 

7. 14 Points: 31-17 vs. Utah (Jan. 2, 2009 – Sugar Bowl)

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This one certainly came as a surprise in yet another 14-point Sugar Bowl loss, but this time to an undefeated Utah Utes team from the program's Mountain West Conference days. The Utes jumped out to a stunning 21-0 lead in the first quarter of this game and never looked back.  

6. 15 Points: 28-13 vs. Florida (Sept. 20, 2006)

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It seems like ages ago since Urban Meyer was the head coach of a Florida team that used to be the resident SEC powerhouse that always seemed to get the best of Alabama. But that used to be the hierarchy of the SEC before Saban's commanding rise to the top beginning in 2009. 

5. 16 Points: 26-10 vs. LSU (Nov. 13, 2004)

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The irony behind this loss is almost too much considering Nick Saban was the head coach of the opponent that handed Bama this 16-point loss back in 2004 when he was still at the helm of the LSU Tigers. 

4. 17 Points: 27-10 vs. Arkansas (Sept. 25, 2004)

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Given the current state of each of these programs in the 2018-19 season landscape, it's hard to even imagine a scenario that Arkansas claims responsibility for Alabama's fourth-worst loss in the last two decades. However, the Razorbacks' 17-point win over Bama was just one of the 2004's squad five total wins that season. 

3. 24 Points: 27-3 vs. LSU (Nov. 15, 2003)

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If it weren't for a made field goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, LSU would have completely blanked the Crimson Tide in this one. This is also the same LSU team that went on to finish 13-1 and win the 2003 BCS National Championship.

2. 28 Points: 38-7 vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 29, 1998 – Music City Bowl)

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Prior to Monday night's shocking 28-point loss to Clemson in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, it had been more than 20 years since the Crimson Tide were defeated in a game by four touchdowns or more. 

1. 28 Points: 44-16 vs. Clemson (Jan. 8, 2019)

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This was not only a tie for Alabama's worst program loss in more than 20 years, it was Nick Saban's worst loss as Alabama's head coach spanning his 12 season in Tuscaloosa and Saban's 21st loss overall at Alabama. 


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