On Saturday, Alabama turned in an uncompromisingly dominant showing against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. It was a nearly flawless performance, and a record-setting one at that.
Alabama thumped the Spartans, 49-7. It was the first game in the history of the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Citrus Bowl) to be decided by such a large margin. And, in fact, it was one of the most severe whoopings in the history of bowl games.
I looked through the history of every bowl game played this year (dating all the way back to their original names), and I found only eight bowls ever to be decided by more than 42 points. It's never happened in the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Gator Bowl, or most others. Here's the full list, if you're curious:
- 2008 GMAC Bowl - Tulsa 63, Bowling Green 7
- 1953 Orange Bowl - Alabama 61, Syracuse 6
- 1990 Holiday Bowl - Texas A&M 65, BYU 14
- 1902 Rose Bowl - Michigan 49, Stanford 0
- 1948 Rose Bowl - Michigan 49, USC 0
- 2000 Alamo Bowl - Nebraska 66, Northwestern 17
- 1988 Holiday Bowl - Oklahoma State 62, Wyoming 14
- 1991 Cotton Bowl - Miami 46, Texas 3
- 2010 Capital One Bowl - Alabama 49, Michigan State 7