By Kyle Weber
Special to TideSports.com
The University of Alabama only had a winning record against two SEC teams in head-to-head matchups from each sport in head-to-head, dual competition in the 2016-17 school year according to research done by The Tuscaloosa News.
Alabama found its most success against rival LSU, where the Crimson Tide had a 10-6-1 record, including a sixth straight win against the Tigers in football. The Crimson Tide dominated LSU across the board, only losing in baseball, women’s basketball and gymnastics. Alabama also found success against Arkansas, going 9-7, including a 4-0 record in softball.
Alabama split the season series across all sports with both Mississippi State and South Carolina, going 8-8 and 6-6, respectively. The Alabama’s men basketball team played extremely well against both Mississippi State and South Carolina, going a combined 5-0 against the two teams.
UA struggled against the SEC East, going 28-52-2. UA had its lowest winning percentage against Florida, going 3-12, with the only wins coming in gymnastics, softball and in the SEC Championship Game for football.
SEC East rival Tennessee took 7 of 11 games from the Crimson Tide, sweeping Alabama in softball and tennis.
Alabama also failed to produce a winning overall record against in-state rival Auburn, going 9-11-1. UA went winless against Auburn in men’s basketball, swimming, and men’s tennis. However, the Crimson Tide did defeat Auburn in football for the third straight season. UA also took three of four against the Tigers in baseball, including a three-game sweep in SEC play.
The UA women’s teams performed slightly better than the men in dual competition against SEC opponents, going 44-56 while the men went 30-44. The Alabama football team accounted for almost a third of the victories by men’s teams, going an undefeated 9-0 in SEC play, counting the SEC Championship Game.
Cody Estremera and Ehsan Kassim contributed to this report.