After Alabama broke Texas A&M's 6-0 start with a 33-14 win late October, the Aggies' season took a nose dive, sending an optimistic undefeated streak out of the gate to a third-straight 8-5 record.
With the elite, physical style of play that the Crimson Tide brings to games over the past decade, it's not a stretch to think that opponents suffer an emotional and physical toll after playing Alabama.
Cue a Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my friend."
Over the past five years, four SEC West team holds a record above the .500 mark in games following a bout with the Crimson Tide, led by Mississippi State's 70.6 percent clip.
LSU is next at 66.7 percent, followed by A&M (56.7) and Ole Miss (54.5). Arkansas and Auburn are the teams sub-.500 at 47.1 percent and 40 percent, respectively. For the record, Auburn and Alabama traditionally play their Iron Bowl matchup as the last game of the regular season, so the Tigers hold a 2-3 record in games following the Iron Bowl, which include a bowl win and two bowl losses, an SEC title game win and a loss in the 2013 National Championship to Florida State.
LSU and Mississippi State also played Alabama later in the fall over the past five years, compiling a smaller total of games to finish out the season over that time period.
Excluding Auburn, SEC West teams have posted 13 winning records in games following Alabama over the past five years, led by the Bulldogs with four. A&M finished above .500 in 2012 and 2013 (3-0 and 7-3, respectively).
SEC West teams have four wins over Alabama in the last five years -- two from Ole Miss in 2014 and 2015, one by Auburn in 2013 and one in 2012 by the Aggies.
Beyond the Aggies' 2-4 mark this season after Alabama, only the 2013 Arkansas squad posted a record well below .500, capping off a 3-9 overall season with a 0-4 skid after a loss to Alabama.