BTW, Mac went about a dozen years without beating Bama.
Bryant lost 29 games during the 18 years that Mac was at LSU. How many SEC teams beat Bama more than 2 times during that period?
LSU didn't even start playing Bama, yearly, until '64, which was Mac's first crack at the bear.
1964 - Bama's only loss to Texas in Orange Bowl.
1965 - Bama lost by 1 point between the hedges to start the season.
1966 - Bama undefeated, including crushing #6 Nebraska 34-7 in the Sugar Bowl.
1967 - Bama lost to #6 Tennessee in Birmingham, and to aTm in the Cotton Bowl.
1968 - Bama lost to Ole Miss, Tennessee and Missouri in the Gator Bowl.
1969 - lost @ Vandy (?), a third in a row to Tennessee, @ LSU (?), the Iron Bowl and Colorado in the Liberty Bowl.
1970 - Bama's toughest schedule ever, IMHO - they faced 8 ranked teams, losing to 6 of them, including LSU and Oklahoma in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
1971 - Bama undefeated until losing to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
1972 - Undefeated until dropping the Iron Bowl and another Bowl loss (this time the Cotton to Texas).
1973 - Bama undefeated until losing the Sugar Bowl to Notre Dame (a team featuring Gerry Dinardo as an offensive guard for the Fighting Irish).
1974 - Bama undefeated until losing the Orange Bowl to Notre Dame (a team featuring Gerry Dinardo as an offensive guard for the Fighting Irish).
1975 - Bama drops the opener to pre-SEC Missouri and runs the table.
1976 - Losses @ Ole Miss, @ UGA and @Notre Dame
1977 - Lost @ Nebraska
1978 - lost to USC
1979 - Should be noted - regarded as one of the best teams of all time - they only had 3 close contests - 27-17 over Tennessee, 25-18 in the Iron Bowl and 3-0 in Baton Rouge.
SO - by my count in years other than 1969 and 1970 (seasons in which LSU defeated Bama), the other years we played them annually with Mac as the coach, 1964 through 1968, and 1971 to 1979, 13 seasons, and Bama lost a grand total of 8 SEC games
- 3 to Tennessee, 2 each to UGA and Ole Miss, and 1 Iron Bowl.
6 of these 13 years Bama was undefeated in the regular season, 2 of which ended in perfect seasons.
This post was edited on 12/22 at 10:51 pm