Mercer (1-0) at No. 1 Alabama (1-0)
3 p.m. CDT Saturday (SEC Network)
Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa
0 Points have been scored by Mercer in its three games against Alabama. The Crimson Tide beat the Bears 20-0 on Oct. 14, 1939, 20-0 on Oct. 5, 1940, and 56-0 on Nov. 18, 2017. All the games were played in Tuscaloosa.
0 Victories in 17 games against SEC opponents for Mercer.
3 Previous games have been played by Mercer against a team ranked in the AP Poll. Mercer lost 17-0 to No. 1 Tennessee on Oct. 28, 1939, 24-10 to No. 15 Auburn on Sept. 16, 2017, and 56-0 to No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 18, 2017.
4 TD passes were thrown by QB Bryce Young in his first start for Alabama. Young completed 27-of-38 passes for 344 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in the Crimson Tide’s 44-13 victory over Miami (Fla.) last week. Young became the first Alabama QB with four TD passes in his first start. Only two Tide QBs had thrown three TD passes in their first starts – Joe Namath in 1962 and Mac Jones in 2019.
12 Seasons were spent by Alabama as a member of the Southern Conference, the league home for Mercer since the Bears joined in 2014. The SEC held its first football season in 1933 after the Southern Conference members west and south of the Appalachian Mountains left the league to form the new conference. Alabama had been a charter member of the Southern in 1921, joining Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee in leaving the 30-member Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association to form the league. The Southern later picked up Duke, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Sewanee, South Carolina, Tulane and Vanderbilt as members before the SEC split. Alabama won 20 straight Southern conference games while posting undefeated league records in 1924, 1925 and 1926. The Southern gave birth to another major conference in 1953 when seven schools left to form the ACC.
15 Consecutive games have been won by Alabama, the nation’s longest winning streak by six games. This is the 10th winning streak of at least 15 games in Crimson Tide history. The school’s longest winning streak stretched 28 games and has happened twice – from 1978 into 1980 and from 1991 through 1993. Alabama’s most recent loss is a 48-45 setback against Auburn on Nov. 30, 2019.
16 Victories without a loss for Alabama against NCAA FCS opponents since 1978, when the NCAA divided Division I football into Division I-A and Division I-AA. Alabama’s past 11 FCS opponents had appeared on the Crimson Tide’s schedule in the game before the Iron Bowl.
17 Consecutive seasons have featured a victory for Alabama in its first game in Tuscaloosa. Making its 2021 home debut on Saturday, the Crimson Tide will seek to extend a streak that started after a 20-13 loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 6, 2003. That’s also the most recent time that Alabama lost its second game in a season.
21 Consecutive September games have been won by Alabama, the longest current winning streak in the ninth month in the nation. The Crimson Tide’s most recent September loss came 43-37 to Ole Miss on Sept. 19, 2015.
27 Consecutive Alabama games have featured at least 30 points for the Crimson Tide, the second-longest such streak in major-college football history. The most recent game in which Alabama failed to score at least 30 points was the Tide’s 44-16 loss to Clemson in the CFP championship game on Jan. 7, 2019. The only longer streak was accomplished by UCF, which scored at least 30 points in 31 straight games starting with a 61-17 victory over Florida International on Sept. 1, 2017. A 27-24 loss to Cincinnati on Oct. 4, 2019, ended the streak.
36 Consecutive non-conference opponents have been defeated by Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide’s most recent loss to a non-conference opponent at home is a 21-14 defeat by Louisiana-Monroe in 2007.
49 Consecutive non-conference regular-season games have been won by Alabama – the second-longest streak in the NCAA Division I-A/FBS era (since 1978). The Tide’s most recent loss in a non-conference regular-season game came on Nov. 17, 2007, when Alabama fell to Louisiana-Monroe 21-14. LSU had a 52-game streak from Sept. 7, 2002, to Oct. 24, 2015. The Tigers’ streak ended with a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 3, 2016.
80 Victories in 87 games as the coach of the No. 1 team in the AP Poll for Alabama’s Nick Saban. Both numbers are records. Alabama has a 98-13 record when playing as the No. 1 team.
98 Consecutive victories have been recorded over unranked teams by Alabama — the longest such streak in NCAA FBS history since the AP Poll began in 1936. The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost to an unranked team since falling to Auburn 17-10 on Nov. 24, 2007. Alabama broke the record of 72 consecutive victories over unranked teams when it defeated Mercer in 2017. Miami (Fla.) defeated 72 unranked opponents in a row between a 47-45 loss to Boston College on Nov. 23, 1984, and a 31-8 loss to UCLA on Sept. 2, 1995. Florida defeated 72 unranked opponents in a row between a 34-7 loss to Washington in the Freedom Bowl on Dec. 30, 1989, and a 47-35 loss to Mississippi State on Sept. 30, 2000.
269 Consecutive games without being shut out for Alabama, a school record and the fourth-longest scoring streak in SEC history. Alabama’s most recent shutout loss came 9-0 to Auburn on Nov. 18, 2000.
778 Yards of total offense – 539 rushing and 239 passing – were piled up by Mercer in its 69-0 victory over NAIA-opponent Point last week. The Bears set school single-game records for points and total offense
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.