During the 2018 football season, Alabama registered a 12-0 record during the regular season, then defeated Georgia 35-28 to win the SEC championship. In the CFP, the Crimson Tide defeated Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl before falling to Clemson 44-16 in the national-title game. Ten numbers about Alabama’s 2018 season:
1 NCAA FBS program has won at least 12 games in five consecutive seasons — Alabama, which reached the milestone again in 2018. The Crimson Tide had 12 victories in 2014, 14 in 2015, 2016 and 2018 and 13 in 2017. Two other programs had won at least 12 games in four consecutive seasons — Boise State from 2008 through 2011 and Ohio State from 2012 through 2015. Alabama also became the first program with 13 victories in four straight seasons and 11 victories in eight consecutive campaigns in 2018.
2 SEC teams have produced five consensus All-Americans. This season’s Alabama squad joined the 2009 Crimson Tide team with five consensus All-Americans. In 2009, Alabama’s consensus All-Americans were DB Javier Arenas, DL Terrence Cody, RB Mark Ingram, OL Mike Johnson and LB Rolando McClain. In 2018, the Tide’s consensus All-Americans were WR Jerry Jeudy, QB Tua Tagovailoa, S Deionte Thompson, OT Jonah Williams and NT Quinnen Williams. The 2018 haul gave Alabama at least one consensus All-American for eight straight seasons, breaking the SEC record streak established by Tennessee from 1965 through 1971. During its eight-year streak, the Crimson Tide has had 27 consensus All-American selections. The others have been S Mark Barron, LB Dont’a Hightower, OT Barrett Jones and RB Trent Richardson in 2011; Jones (as a center), CB Dee Milliner, LB C.J. Mosley and G Chance Warmack in 2012; S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, OT Cyrus Kouandjio and Mosley in 2013; WR Amari Cooper and S Landon Collins in 2014, RB Derrick Henry, C Ryan Kelly, LB Reggie Ragland and DT A’Shawn Robinson in 2015; DE Jonathan Allen, S Minkah Fitzpatrick, LB Reuben Foster and OT Cam Robinson in 2016 and Fitzpatrick in 2017. During its streak, Tennessee had nine consensus All-American selections — LB Frank Emanuel in 1965, LB Paul Naumoff in 1966, C Bob Johnson in 1967, LB Steve Kiner and G Charles Rosenfelder in 1968, G Chip Kell and Kiner in 1969, Kell in 1970 and S Bobby Majors in 1971.
3 50-point games were posted by Alabama to open the 2018 season as the Crimson Tide became the first SEC team to start a campaign in that fashion. Alabama defeated Louisville 51-14 on Sept. 1, Arkansas State 57-7 on Sept. 8 and Ole Miss 62-7 on Sept. 15 in its first three games of 2018. The Tide went on to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 56-14, Arkansas 65-31, Tennessee 58-21, The Citadel 50-17 and Auburn 52-21 to become the first SEC team to score at least 50 points in eight games as it set a league single-season record with 684 points in 2018.
3 Consecutive Alabama games during the 2018 season featured two 100-yard receivers after the Crimson Tide had five such games in its previous football history. In a 39-10 victory over Missouri on Oct. 13, WR Jerry Jeudy caught three passes for 147 yards and one TD and DeVonta Smith caught four passes for 100 yards and one TD. In a 65-31 victory over Arkansas on Oct. 6, Jeudy caught four passes for 135 yards and two TDs and TE Irv Smith Jr caught two passes for 123 yards and one TD. In a 56-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 29, WR Henry Ruggs III caught five passes for 116 yards and two TDs and WR Jaylen Waddle caught three passes for 138 yards and two TDs. Alabama had two 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time in the 1969 Iron Bowl, when David Bailey and Bubba Sawyer did it against Auburn. It also was accomplished by Jason McAddley and Freddie Milons against Arkansas in 1999, Milons and Antonio Carter against UCLA in 2001, Tyrone Prothro and DJ Hall against Southern Miss in 2005 and DeAndrew White and Amari Cooper against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl after the 2013 season.
12 Consecutive games with a margin of victory of at least 20 points were posted by Alabama to start 2018. Alabama’s closest game on its way to a 12-0 mark in the 2018 regular season was its 45-23 victory over Texas A&M on Sept. 22. Alabama had the longest run of 20-or-more-point victories in one season in NCAA FBS history, although it wasn’t the first time that a 12-game streak had happened in major-college football history. In 1888 (before the NCAA), Yale won its first 12 games of the season — all by shutout with a margin of at least 28 points — before it ended the campaign with a 10-0 victory over Princeton.
27 SEC championships have been won by Alabama after the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia 35-28 in the 2018 conference title game on Dec. 1. Alabama has twice as many SEC crowns as any other school, with Georgia and Tennessee next on the list with 13 league championships apiece. Alabama also had championship-game victories in 1992, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Before the SEC title game started in 1992, the Tide won the conference crown in 1933, 1934, 1937, 1945, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1989. Of those titles, Alabama shared the championship in 1934, 1961, 1966, 1981 and 1989.
43 TD passes, 3,966 passing yards, 48-TD responsibility and 4,156 yards of total offense for Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa in 2018 — all Crimson Tide single-season records. The TD-pass record had been 30 by AJ McCarron in 2012. The yardage records had been set by Blake Sims in 2014 with 3,487 passing and 3,837 total. The TD responsibility record had been 36 by Jalen Hurts in 2016. In the SEC, Tagovailoa now ranks second in TD passes, fourth in passing yards, third in TD responsibility and eighth in total offense on the conference’s single-season lists.
81 Consecutive victories have been recorded over unranked teams by Alabama — the longest such streak in NCAA FBS history since the AP poll began in 1936. Alabama added nine wins to its streak during the 2018 season. The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost to an unranked team since falling to Auburn 17-10 on Nov. 24, 2007.
118 Appearances at the top of the AP poll for Alabama, more No. 1 rankings than any other school. The Crimson Tide has 13 more appearances in the top spot than Ohio State. Alabama moved past the Buckeyes for the most No. 1 appearances by topping the third poll of the 2018 season. Eighty-seven of Alabama’s appearances at No. 1 have come in past 169 AP polls after the Tide made 31 appearances at No. 1 in the previous 984.
199.44 Passing-efficiency rating for Tua Tagovailoa for the 2018 season — the best in NCAA FBS history. Tagovailoa broke the record of 198.9 achieved by Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield in 2017. Passing-efficiency rating is the result of a formula that uses completion percentage, yards per pass and the percents of passes that are TDs and interceptions. Tagovailoa broke the SEC single-season record of 182.1 set by Auburn QB Cam Newton in 2010. In the 2018 season, Tagovailoa completed 245-of-355 passes for 3,966 yards with 43 TDs and six interceptions.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.