Bama-Clemson goes way back

There’s more to this series than just recent playoff matchups

While modern-day college football fans recognize that Alabama and Clemson will meet as part of the College Football Playoffs for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night, the series between the two dates back to 1900 and has seen some interesting outcomes along the way.

Bama leads overall 14-4, including wins in the 2016 championship game in Glendale, Arizona, and last year’s semifinal game in the New Orleans Superdome. Clemson took the 2017 championship game in Tampa, Florida, for one its two national titles in school history.

The most amazing stat of all perhaps is that 10 of the 18 games have ended in shutouts, including 9 of the first 10 meetings. Here’s a breakdown of those 18 matchups:

Courtesy Clemson Athletics

Date                               Location             Winner/Score

November 28,1900       Birmingham          Clemson, 35-0

October 8, 1904           Birmingham          Clemson, 18-0

October 25, 1905         Columbia, SC       Clemson, 25-0

October 16, 1909         Birmingham          Alabama, 3-0

October 11, 1913         Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 20-0

November 14, 1931     Montgomery         Alabama, 74-7

November 10, 1934     Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 40-0

November 9, 1935       Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 33-0

October 3, 1936          Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 32-0

October 8, 1966          Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 26-0

October 28, 1967        Clemson, SC        Alabama, 13-10

October 26, 1968        Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 21-14

October 25, 1969        Clemson, SC       Alabama, 38-13

September 20, 1975   Tuscaloosa           Alabama, 56-0

August 30, 2008         Atlanta, GA           Alabama, 34-10

January 11, 2016       Glendale, AZ         Alabama, 45-40

January 9, 2017         Tampa, FL             Clemson, 35-31

January 1, 2018         New Orleans, LA   Alabama, 24-6



  • Alabama holds the series scoring edge 490-213.
  • The 67-point difference in the 1931 game is the ninth-largest margin of victory in Alabama history.
  • The 1931 game was only of 21 games the Crimson Tide has played in Montgomery, Alabama, in its history.
  • The winningest coach in Clemson history played college football at Alabama, but it wasn’t Dabo Swinney. Frank Howard, 165-118-12 as the Tigers’ coach from 1940-1969, was a 185-pound guard on the 1928-30 Crimson Tide squads. H&A


Cover photo: Courtesy Clemson Athletics 


Jimmy Creed

Jimmy Creed

Jimmy Creed is the former award-winning sports editor of The Anniston (Alabama) Star and editor of Saints Digest, the official team publication of the New Orleans Saints. He is a two-time winner of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Herby Kirby Award for the best sports story in the state of Alabama and has received numerous writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Motorsports Press Association. and the Alabama Press Association. He is also the author of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison's biography "Donnie Allison: As I Recall."
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