Alabama’s biggest rivalries are all within the SEC, but the Crimson Tide has history with plenty of teams across the country. We’re asking Alabama fans to vote on which nonconference program they hate the most with an eight-team bracket.
You can vote by scrolling down and on also on Twitter @TideSports. Voting for this matchup will run through the weekend. Check back later for the final matchup.
Teams that just missed the bracket: Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Southern Miss, Michigan. For explanations, listen to the first segment of the podcast.
Round 1: Notre Dame defeated UAB, UCF defeated Clemson, Penn State defeats Georgia Tech
Round 2: Central Florida defeated Penn State, Ohio State defeated Notre Dame
5. Ohio State
If this list were about coaches, Urban Meyer would probably be higher on the list. He was the coach Nick Saban had to surpass when he arrived at Alabama, and he’s continued to have success after leaving Florida for Ohio State.
There’s less history for the Buckeyes and Tide, but things still run hot when they meet. Their last meeting was the 2014 Sugar Bowl. That prevented Alabama from playing in four straight national championship games.
Alabama has a victory over Ohio State more recently than that: The two programs were the most likely candidates for the final spot in this past year’s college football playoff, when Alabama made the field of four and went on to win the national championship.
7. Central Florida
Central Florida is a new addition to the list, and the Knights might not crack the field in a season or two. But they’re here for now.
Central Florida may not have the trophy, but it has championship rings and claimed a national championship as the nation’s only undefeated team this season. It’s been one of the subjects that has come up again and again this offseason.
There is history between the football programs, and it’s not good for Alabama. Central Florida beat Alabama 40-38 in 2000 in Tuscaloosa in their lone meeting.
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