If some of you haven’t noticed, Alabama football actually has some “revenge” matchups with opponents like Oklahoma State, Minnesota, and Boston College, the reason on why we are calling them “revenge” games? The Tide actually has a losing record against those teams, with Minnesota and Oklahoma State having only played once against the Tide in the program’s bad early 2000s era before legendary coach Nick Saban arrived.
However, there’s still an opponent Alabama hasn’t tried to schedule yet despite having a losing record against, the Utah Utes.
Alabama’s 2008 season was magical for anybody who had been following Tide football for a while, especially due to the aforementioned down period after the Tide’s 1992 national championship, albeit a loss to the Florida Gators in the 2008 SEC Championship quickly dashed away the hopes of another shot at the natty, and Alabama had to settle down with a then-G5 power in the form of Utah in the Sugar Bowl.
The result? Alabama football lost by a score of 31-17, in what remains the latest Alabama loss to a G5 opponent.
Utah’s stadium is arguably pretty small but it shouldn’t be underestimated, as they have managed to bring some good teams there, the Utes recently concluded a home-and-home series with the Florida Gators and will host fellow SEC members Arkansas and LSU in the following years, LSU being the most notable opponent to make it to Salt-Lake City due to the stadium capacity difference.
We can see no reason why Alabama football can’t schedule Utah, especially if the Tide wants to have a winning record after the 2009 Sugar Bowl loss.
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