Alabama Crimson Tide football

The Alabama Crimson Tide football program represents the University of Alabama (variously Alabama, UA, or Bama) in the sport of American football. The team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[4] The team is currently coached by Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide is among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program claims 17 national championships,[2][5][6] including 12 wire-service (AP or Coaches) national titles in the poll-era, and five other titles before the poll-era.[6][7][8] From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national championships with the program.[5] Despite numerous national and conference championships, it was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram became the university's first winner. In 2015, Derrick Henry became the university's second Heisman winner.[9]

Alabama has 905 official victories[a][b] in NCAA Division I (an additional 21 victories were vacated and 8 victories and 1 tie were forfeited), has won 31 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 27 SEC championships) and has made an NCAA-record 69 postseason bowl appearances. Other NCAA records include 23 winning streaks of 10 games or more and 19 seasons with a 10–0 start. The program has 34 seasons with 10 wins or more (plus one vacated),[10][11] and has 41[b] bowl victories, both NCAA records.[12] Alabama has completed 10 undefeated seasons, 9 of which were perfect seasons. The Crimson Tide leads the SEC West Division with 14 division titles and 12 appearances in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama holds a winning record against every current and former SEC school. The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama 4th in all-time final AP Poll appearances, with 53 through the 2015 season.[13][14]

Alabama plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[1] With a capacity of 101,821,[1] Bryant-Denny is the 8th largest non-racing stadium in the world and the seventh largest stadium in the United States.

Alabama Crimson Tide football
2019 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama Athletics logo
First season1892
Athletic directorGreg Byrne
Head coachNick Saban
13th season, 141–21 (.870)
StadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 101,821[1])
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationTuscaloosa, Alabama
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern
Past conferencesSouthern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record905–328–43 (.726)
Bowl record41–26–3 (.607)
Playoff appearances5 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Playoff record6-3 (.667)
Claimed nat'l titles17 (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)[2]
Unclaimed nat'l titles4 (1945, 1966, 1975, 1977)
National finalist4 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Conference titles31 (Southern Conference: 4; SEC: 27)
Division titles14
RivalriesAuburn (rivalry)
LSU (rivalry)
Tennessee (rivalry)
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans74
ColorsCrimson and White[3]
         
Fight songYea Alabama
MascotBig Al
Marching bandMillion Dollar Band
OutfitterNike
Websiterolltide.com

History

Head coaching history

Alabama has had 28 head coaches since organized football began in 1892. Adopting the nickname "Crimson Tide" after the 1907 season, the team has played more than 1,100 games in their 114 seasons. In that time, 12 coaches have led the Crimson Tide in postseason bowl games: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Harold D. "Red" Drew, Bear Bryant, Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Shula, Joe Kines, and Nick Saban.[2] Eight of those coaches also won conference championships: Wade, Thomas, Drew, Bryant, Curry, Stallings, DuBose, and Saban. During their tenures, Wade, Thomas, Bryant, Stallings, and Saban all won national championships with the Crimson Tide.[2]

Of the 27 different head coaches who have led the Crimson Tide, Wade,[15] Thomas,[16] Bryant,[17] and Stallings have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach is Nick Saban, who was hired in January 2007.[18]

National championships

National championships in NCAA FBS college football are debated as the NCAA does not officially award the championship. Despite not naming an official National Champion, the NCAA provides lists of championships awarded by organizations it recognizes.[6][19] According to the official NCAA 2009 Division I Football Records Book, "During the last 138 years, there have been more than 30 selectors of national champions using polls, historical research and mathematical rating systems. Beginning in 1936, the Associated Press began the best-known and most widely circulated poll of sportswriters and broadcasters. Before 1936, national champions were determined by historical research and retroactive ratings and polls. [...] The criteria for being included in this historical list of poll selectors is that the poll be national in scope, either through distribution in newspaper, television, radio and/or computer online."[20]

Since World War II, Alabama only claims national championships awarded by the final AP Poll or the final Coaches' Poll. This policy is consistent with other FBS football programs with numerous national title claims, including Notre Dame, USC, and Oklahoma. All national championships claimed by the University of Alabama were published in nationally syndicated newspapers and magazines, and each of the national championship selectors, and are cited in the Official 2010 NCAA FBS Record Book.[21] In addition to the championships claimed by the university, the NCAA has listed Alabama as receiving a championship for the 1945, 1966, 1975, and 1977 college football seasons.[6][19]

In Alabama's 1982 media guide, the last for Coach Bryant, 1934 is listed as the only national championship before Coach Bryant in a footnote about the school's SEC history. In the 1980s, Alabama's Sports Information Director Wayne Atcheson started recognizing five pre-Bryant national championship teams (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941) by adding them to the University's Football Media Guide. According to Atcheson, he made the effort in the context of disputed titles being claimed by other schools, and "to make Alabama football look the best it could look" to compete with the other claimants. Atcheson maintains that the titles are the school's rightful claims.[22]

The University of Alabama 2009 Official Football Media Guide states that Alabama had 12 national championships prior to winning the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.[23] The 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017 titles bring the total number of national championships claimed by Alabama to 17. Twelve of Alabama's national championships were awarded by the wire-services (AP, Coaches' Poll) or by winning the BCS National Championship Game.[6][19]

In January 2013, CNN suggested that Alabama might be college football's new dynasty,[24] and in May 2013, Athlon Sports ranked Alabama's ongoing dynasty as the fourth-best since 1934, behind Oklahoma (1948–58), Miami (1986–92), and Nebraska (1993–97).[25]

National championship seasons

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1925 Wallace Wade Various 10–0 Won Rose Bowl
1926 9–0–1 Tied Rose Bowl
1930 10–0 Won Rose Bowl
1934 Frank Thomas 10-0 Won Rose Bowl
1941 Houlgate Poll 9–2 Won Cotton Bowl Classic
1961 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP, Coaches' 11–0 Won Sugar Bowl
1964 10–1 Lost Orange Bowl
1965 AP 9–1–1 Won Orange Bowl
1973 Coaches' 11–1 Lost Sugar Bowl
1978 AP 11-1 Won Sugar Bowl
1979 AP, Coaches' 12–0 Won Sugar Bowl
1992 Gene Stallings 13–0 Won Sugar Bowl
2009 Nick Saban AP, Coaches', BCS 14–0 Won BCS National Championship Game
2011 12–1 Won BCS National Championship Game
2012 13–1 Won BCS National Championship Game
2015 AP, Coaches', CFP 14–1 Won Cotton Bowl Classic
Won College Football Playoff National Championship
2017 13–1 Won Sugar Bowl
Won College Football Playoff National Championship
National Championships 17
  • 1925 – The 1925 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington in the January 1, 1926 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team initially fell behind the undefeated Huskies, but rallied in the second half to defeat Washington 20–19. The outstanding player of the game was Johnny Mack Brown.[26] This game is viewed by many football historians as the single most important event for Southern football, and is hailed "the football game that changed the South." Alabama was the first Southern football team to be invited to play in the Rose Bowl, and proved that the Southern teams could compete with those from the East, the Midwest and the West coast. The victory for Coach Wallace Wade established Alabama as a football powerhouse. The 1925 Alabama football team finished the season with a 10–0–0 record and was selected national champion by the Football Annual, Billingsley, and the Helms Athletic Foundation.[5]
  • 1926 – The 1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1927 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team tied the Indians 7–7 to finish the season 9–0–1. The outstanding player of the game was Fred Pickhard.[26] The 1926 Alabama football team was selected national champion by Billingsley and the Helms Athletic Foundation.[5]
  • 1930 – The 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington State in the January 1, 1931 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team defeated the Cougars 24–0 to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was John Campbell.[26] The 1930 Alabama football team tied with Notre Dame as national champions in the Davis Poll.[5]
  • 1934 – The 1934 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1935 Rose Bowl. Coach Thomas' team defeated the Indians 29–13 to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Millard "Dixie" Howell.[26] The 1934 Alabama football team was selected national champion by Dunkel, Williamson, and Football Thesaurus.[5] The University of Alabama honored Ben McLeod, Jr., the 95-year–old former backup End of the 1934 team at the September 6, 2008 Alabama–Tulane game.[27]
  • 1941 – The 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 8–2–0. Alabama's squad finished 3rd in the Southeastern Conference.[28] After losing to Mississippi State 14-0 and Vanderbilt,[26] 7–0, Alabama finished the regular season ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll,[29] which was the finalized with two games left in the regular season.[30] The onset of World War II changed the college football postseason.[31] Alabama was one of 10 teams chosen for post-season competition when they were invited to play Texas A&M in the January 1, 1942 Cotton Bowl Classic. Coach Thomas' team defeated the Aggies 29–21 to finish the season 9–2–0. Minnesota, the AP national champion, finished 8–0 and did not play in a bowl game per Big 10 rules. Alabama's outstanding players of the game were Holt Rast, Don Whitmire, and Jimmy Nelson.[26] The squad was selected national champions by the Houlgate Poll, published in the nationally syndicated Football Thesaurus.[5] The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Texas Longhorns, and the Alabama Crimson Tide as the three teams selected as national champions in 1941.[6] The Tuscaloosa News described the 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide as the university's best team since the 1934 Rose Bowl Championship Team.[31] The September 11, 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated lists Alabama's 1941 squad as national champion based on Alabama's strength of schedule relative to Minnesota's and because of the early final AP Poll.[30]
  • 1961 – The 1961 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Led by quarterback Pat Trammell, linebacker Lee Roy Jordan and two–way lineman Billy Neighbors, Alabama outscored their opponents 297–25. Alabama was then invited to play the #9–ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the January 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Razorbacks 10–3 to finish the season 11–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Mike Fracchia.[26] The 1961 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll.[5]
  • 1964 – The 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was led by quarterback Joe Namath. Alabama was then invited to play the Texas Longhorns in the January 1, 1965 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant's team lost to the Longhorns 21–17 to finish the season 10–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was Joe Namath.[26] The 1964 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll prior to bowl games.[5] The AP Poll waited until after the bowl games to select their champion for the 1965 season.
  • 1965 – The 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 8–1–1, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide lost to Georgia and tied Tennessee during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play Nebraska in the January 1, 1966 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Cornhuskers 39–28 to finish the season 9–1–1. The outstanding player of the game was Steve Sloan.[26] The 1965 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll.[5]
  • 1973 – The 1973 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Notre Dame in the December 31, 1973 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team lost to the Fighting Irish 24–23 to finish the season 11–1–0. The 1973 Alabama football team was selected national champion in the final regular season Coaches' Poll, which was finalized prior to the post-season bowl games.[5] The Coaches' Poll began selecting their champion after the bowl games starting in 1974. The post-bowl game AP Poll ranked Alabama 4th, and selected Notre Dame as its national champion.[32]
  • 1978 – The 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–1–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide defeated #10–ranked Nebraska 20–3, and defeated #11–ranked Missouri 38–20, and lost to #7-ranked Southern California 24–14, during the regular season.[33] The #2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide was then invited to play the #1–ranked Penn State in the January 1, 1979 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Nittany Lions 14–7 to finish the season 11–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was linebacker Barry Krauss.[26] Alabama was selected national champion by the AP Poll,[5] and Southern California was selected national champion by the Coaches' Poll.[33]
  • 1979 – The 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide defeated #18–ranked Tennessee 27–17, and defeated #14–ranked Auburn 25–18 during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play #6–ranked Arkansas in the January 1, 1980 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Razorbacks 24–9 to finish the season 12–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was running back Major Ogilvie.[26] The 1979 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[5]
  • 1992 – The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Gene Stallings, completed the regular season 11–0–0. They then defeated #12–ranked Florida in the inaugural SEC Championship Game, defeating the Gators 28–21; the win gave Alabama its 20th SEC title and a record of 12–0–0. Alabama was then invited to play #1–ranked Miami, led by Heisman trophy winner Gino Torretta, in the January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl. Coach Stallings' team defeated the Hurricanes 34–13 to finish the season 13–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Derrick Lassic.[26] The 1992 Alabama football team was awarded the national championship by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[5]
President Obama and the BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide meeting with President Barack Obama after winning the 2009 national championship
  • 2009 – The 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished with a 12–0 regular season. In the 12 wins, the Crimson Tide defeated four teams that were ranked at the time, including an opening day victory over No. 7 Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The team headed back to the Georgia Dome in December to face off against #1 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide defeated the Gators 32–13 in a rematch of the previous year's championship.[34] Alabama then traveled to Pasadena to face #2-ranked Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. Alabama's Heisman Trophy-winning running back, Mark Ingram, rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 37–21 win.[35] This was Alabama's first victory over Texas (1–7–1). Ingram was named the game's offensive MVP in Alabama's first BCS victory. The 2009 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP and Coaches' Polls. The 2009 squad became the first FBS division team to defeat six teams ranked in the AP top 25 during one season and received a record six first team AP All-America selections. The 2009 team finished with a perfect 14–0 record, an all-time highest number of wins in a season for Alabama.
  • 2011 – The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was to LSU in overtime 9–6.[36] The team did not play in the SEC Championship Game because of that loss, but won convincingly in its final three regular-season games and earned a No. 2 ranking in the BCS poll.[37] For their final regular season game, Alabama defeated rival Auburn 42-14.[38] Alabama, led by Heisman trophy finalist Trent Richardson, then qualified to play No. 1 ranked LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.[37] Coach Saban's team defeated the Tigers 21–0 and finished the season 12–1.[39] Jeremy Shelley had a bowl record-tying five field goals in the game, and the game's offensive MVP was AJ McCarron, and the defensive MVP was Courtney Upshaw.[39] With the win, Alabama became the first team to shutout its opponent in a BCS bowl game.[39] In addition to winning the BCS National Championship, the AP also awarded its national title to Alabama for the 8th time.[40]
  • 2012 – The 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was against Texas A&M 29–24.[41] Despite the loss, Alabama won the SEC Western division and went to the 2012 SEC Championship Game, where they defeated Georgia 32–28 for the 23rd conference championship in school history.[42] Alabama earned a No. 2 ranking in the final BCS rankings for the second straight year and as a result qualified for the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against No. 1 Notre Dame.[43] Alabama defeated the Fighting Irish 42–14, finished the season 13–1, and the game's offensive MVP was Eddie Lacy, and the defensive MVP was C.J. Mosley.[44] Alabama became the third team in history to win three national championships in a four-year period. This was Alabama's 9th AP national championship and 10th wire-service championship.[44]
  • 2015 – The 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11–1. Their only loss was to Ole Miss 43–37. They won the SEC Western Division title with a record of 7–1, defeating rivals LSU and Tennessee en route, and then defeated Florida 29–15 in the SEC Championship. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. After falling short in the semifinals against Ohio State in 2014, Alabama defeated the Michigan State Spartans 38–0 in the Cotton Bowl to advance to the Championship Game. Alabama beat the Clemson Tigers 45–40 and won the 2015 FBS national championship. Alabama's Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry rushed for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns. This victory gave Coach Nick Saban his fifth national title, including four in the last seven seasons.
  • 2017 - The 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11-1. Their only loss was at Auburn 26-14. They won a share of the SEC Western Division title with a record of 7-1. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Alabama avenged the previous season's only loss in the National Championship game to Clemson with a 24-6 win in the Sugar Bowl. The Tide advanced to the Championship game for the third year in a row. Alabama defeated SEC opponent Georgia 26-23 in overtime. The victory gave Nick Saban his sixth national title, tying him with Paul W. Bryant for most all time. It's also Alabama's fifth title in the last nine seasons.

Conference championships

Alabama has won a total of 31 conference championships; this includes 4 Southern Conference and 27 SEC Championships. Alabama captured its 4 Southern Conference titles in 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1930. Alabama captured the first SEC title in 1933 and has won a total of 26 SEC Championships (1933, 1934, 1937, 1945, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). The school has won more SEC football titles than any other school, including seven since the conference split into separate divisions and added the Championship Game in 1992. Alabama is the only SEC school to win an SEC Championship in every decade since the conference was founded in 1933.

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1924 Southern Wallace Wade 8–1 5–0
1925dagger 10–0 7–0
1926 9–0–1 8–0
1930dagger 10–0 8–0
1933 SEC Frank Thomas 7–1–1 5–0–1
1934dagger 10–0 7–0
1937 9–1 6–0
1945 10–0 6–0
1953 Harold Drew 6–3–3 4–0–3
1961dagger Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–0 7–0
1964 10–1 8–0
1965 9–1–1 6–1–1
1966dagger 11–0 6–0
1971 11–1 7–0
1972 10–2 7–1
1973 11–1 8–0
1974 11–1 6–0
1975 11–1 6–0
1977 11–1 7–0
1978 11–1 6–0
1979 12–0 6–0
1981dagger 9–2–1 7–0
1989dagger Bill Curry 10–2 6–1
1992 Gene Stallings 13–0 8–0
1999 Mike DuBose 10–3 7–1
2009 Nick Saban 14–0 8–0
2012 13–1 7–1
2014 12–2 7–1
2015 14–1 7–1
2016 14-1 8–0
2018 14-1 8-0
Conference Championships 27 SEC, 4 SoCon
dagger Denotes co-champions

Divisional championships

The SEC has been split into two divisions since the 1992 season. Alabama competes in the SEC West. Alabama has won or shared 14 division titles, and has posted a 8–4 record in the SEC Championship Game as of 2018.

Season Division SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1992 SEC West W Florida 28 21
1993 L Florida 13 28
1994 L Florida 23 24
1996 L Florida 30 45
1999 W Florida 34 7
2008 L Florida 20 31
2009 W Florida 32 13
2012 W Georgia 32 28
2013 - N/A - -
2014 W Missouri 42 13
2015 W Florida 29 15
2016 W Florida 54 16
2017 - N/A - -
2018 W Georgia 35 28
Division Championships 14
† Denotes Co-Champion

Individual accomplishments

First team All-Americans

Terrence Cody cropped
Terrence Cody was named an All-American for both 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Every year, several publications release lists of their ideal "team". The athletes on these lists are referred to as All-Americans. The NCAA recognizes five All-American lists. They are the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Alabama has had 131 players honored 153 times as first team All-Americans (74 consensus)[45][46] in its history, including 18 players honored twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times as a First Team All-American.[47]

The most recent All-Americans from Alabama came after the 2018 season, when Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Quinnen Williams and Deionte Thompson were each named First Team All-America by various selectors.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Indiana. Since then, Alabama has had 20 players and 4 former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.[48][49] Alabama had two members inducted into the inaugural 1951 class—Don Hutson[50] and Frank Thomas.[51]

Name Time at Alabama Position Year Inducted
Cornelius Bennett 1983–86 LB 2005
Johnny Mack Brown 1923–25 HB 1957
Paul Bryant 1958–82 Head coach 1986
Johnny Cain 1930–32 FB 1973
Harry Gilmer 1944–47 QB, DB 1993
John Hannah 1970–72 OG 1999
Frank Howard 1928–30 OG 1989
Dixie Howell 1932–34 HB 1970
Pooley Hubert 1922–25 QB 1964
Don Hutson 1932–34 E 1951
Lee Roy Jordan 1960–62 LB 1983
Woodrow Lowe 1972–75 LB 2009
Name Time at Alabama Position Year Inducted
Vaughn Mancha 1944–47 C 1990
Johnny Musso 1969–71 HB 2000
Billy Neighbors 1959–61 T 2003
Ozzie Newsome 1974–77 SE 1994
Fred Sington 1928–30 T 1955
Riley Smith 1934–35 QB 1985
Gene Stallings 1990–96 Head coach 2010
Derrick Thomas 1985–88 LB 2014
Frank Thomas 1931–46 Head coach 1951
Wallace Wade 1923–30 Head coach 1955
Don Whitmire 1941–42 T 1956
Marty Lyons 1975–78 DT 2012

Award winners

Overall

Positional

Other

Coaching

Heisman Trophy

On December 12, 2009, Mark Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner.[9] In the closest race ever, he edged out Stanford running back Toby Gerhart by 28 points.[9] Other notable finishes for an Alabama player occurred in 1993, when David Palmer finished 3rd in the Heisman voting[52][53] and when AJ McCarron finished as runner-up for the 2013 season.[54] Derrick Henry became Alabama's second Heisman trophy winner on December 12, 2015.[55]

Top 5 finishes for Alabama players:

Year Name Position Finish
1937 Joe Kilgrow RB 5th
1945 Harry Gilmer RB 5th
1947 Harry Gilmer RB 5th
1961 Pat Trammell QB 5th
1962 Lee Roy Jordan LB 4th
1971 Johnny Musso RB 5th
1972 Terry Davis QB 5th
1993 David Palmer WR 3rd
1994 Jay Barker QB 5th
2009 Mark Ingram RB 1st
2011 Trent Richardson RB 3rd
2013 AJ McCarron QB 2nd
2014 Amari Cooper WR 3rd
2015 Derrick Henry RB 1st
2018 Tua Tagovailoa QB 2nd

SEC Legends

Starting in 1994, the Southeastern Conference has annually honored one former football player from each of the SEC member schools as an "SEC Legend". The following former Crimson Tide football players have been honored as SEC Legends.

Major rivalries

Auburn

Alabama offense IronBowl 2010-11-26
Alabama on offense against the Tigers in 2010

The main rivalry of the Crimson Tide is against its in-state rival, Auburn University; considered one of the top rivalries in all of sports. The Alabama-Auburn game has come to be known as the Iron Bowl.[56][57] The outcome of the game generally determines "bragging rights" in the state of Alabama until the following contest. The game may also have implications as to which team will represent the SEC Western Division in the SEC Championship Game.

On February 22, 1893, at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Auburn was victorious in the first ever Iron Bowl, 32–22. The series was suspended after the 1907 contest, due to violence and financial complications.[58] In 1944, Auburn suggested to reopen the series, though the Board of Trustees at Alabama rejected. The series was resumed in 1948, with Alabama crushing the Tigers 55–0, which is still the largest margin of victory in the series.[59][60] In the following contest, Auburn shocked Alabama with a 14–13 victory, which is credited with helping revive the series.[61]

For many years, the contest was held at Legion Field in Birmingham, before the teams began alternating between Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, and Jordan–Hare Stadium, in Auburn. Alabama won the recent meeting 52-21 in Tuscaloosa and currently leads the series at 46-36-1.[62]

Tennessee

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Alabama on offense versus Tennessee in Tuscaloosa during the 2009 season

Despite the heated in-state rivalry with Auburn, Bear Bryant was more adamant about defeating his rivals to the north, the Tennessee Volunteers.[63] The series is named the Third Saturday in October, the traditional calendar date on which the game was played. Despite the name, the game has only been played on the third Saturday five times between 1995–2007. The first game between the two sides was played in 1901 in Birmingham, ending in a 6–6 tie. From 1902 to 1913, Alabama dominated the series, only losing once, and never allowing a touchdown by the Volunteers. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was first played on its traditional date and began to be a challenge for the Crimson Tide as Robert Neyland began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings.[64] In the 1950s, Jim Goostree, the head trainer for Alabama, began another tradition as he began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers.[65]

Between 1971–1981, Alabama held an eleven-game winning streak over the Volunteers and, between 1986–1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama's streak, Tennessee responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995–2001. Alabama has won the last 12 meetings from 2007–2018, a new record. Alabama won the most recent meeting 58-21 in Knoxville, and leads the series 56-38–7.[62]

LSU

A rivalry within the SEC Western Division occurs yearly between Alabama and the LSU Tigers. Starting in 1895, the Tigers were victorious 12–6 in the first meeting.[62] The teams did not regularly meet until the mid-1960s during Alabama's dominance of the SEC. Between 1971–1981, the Crimson Tide won 11 consecutive times. In the 1969 game, LSU defeated Alabama 20–15 in Baton Rouge. Alabama did not lose again in Baton Rouge until 2000.

In 2007, the meeting was more heated following Alabama's hiring of head coach Nick Saban, who previously coached at LSU. With the hiring, many media outlets dubbed the 2007 meeting as the "Saban Bowl".[66][67][68] The Crimson Tide lost the first "Saban Bowl" in 2007, won the 2008 and 2009 meetings only to lose in Baton Rouge in 2010.

In 2011, the teams played as the consensus No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the polls with LSU winning 9–6 in overtime. They played each other again for the BCS National Championship with Alabama winning 21–0 to secure its 14th National Championship. Alabama won the most recent meeting 29-0 in Baton Rouge and leads the head-to-head series 53-25–5.[62]

Mississippi State

Alabama's most played rival is Mississippi State. The rivalry has been called the "Battle for Highway 82", with the schools separated by only 90 miles. Alabama has dominated the series winning 83 of the 103 meetings. Alabama won the most recent meeting 24-0 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 83-17-3.

Ole Miss

Alabama also maintains a rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels. Alabama has won 54 of the 66 meetings. Alabama won the most recent meeting 62-7 in Oxford, and leads the series 54-10-2.

Former rivalries

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were at one time considered Alabama's arch rival. During the suspension of the Iron Bowl between 1907 and 1948, Georgia Tech (then a member of the SEC) emerged as the most intense game on Alabama's schedule. The teams played many significant games, especially in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A heated feud developed between Bear Bryant and Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Dodd following a controversial hit in the 1961 game, a 10–0 Alabama victory.[69] Dodd cited this feud as the primary impetus for Georgia Tech leaving the SEC three years later.[70] The two teams have met 52 times, making Georgia Tech Alabama's most played among current non-conference opponents. Alabama leads the series 28–21–3; Georgia Tech won the last meeting in 1984. Alabama's fight song, "Yea Alabama", mentions Georgia Tech with the line "Send those Yellow Jackets to a watery grave."

There have been many historic games between Alabama and Penn State. The two teams met five times during the tenure of Bear Bryant, including in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, which determined the national championship for the 1978 season. The games usually have national implications – seven of the fifteen meetings between the two schools have featured both teams ranked in the Top 10 – and eight of the meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. The most recent game was in 2011, with Alabama winning 27–11. It was the final loss for long-time Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Alabama leads the series 10–5.

All-time record vs. current SEC teams

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current SEC opponents as of the completion of the 2018 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting
Arkansas 22 7 0 .759 Won 12 1962
Auburn 46 36 1 .560 Won 1 1893
Florida 26 14 0 .650 Won 6 1916
Georgia 40 25 4 .609 Won 5 1895
Kentucky 37 2 1 .938 Won 6 1917
LSU 53 25 5 .669 Won 8 1895
Mississippi State 83 17 3 .820 Won 11 1896
Missouri 4 2 0 .667 Won 4 1968
Ole Miss 54 10 2 .833 Won 3 1894
South Carolina 12 3 0 .714 Lost 1 1937
Tennessee 56 38 7 .589 Won 12 1901
Texas A&M 9 2 0 .818 Won 6 1942
Vanderbilt 62 18 4 .767 Won 22 1903
Totals 493 203 27 .701

Bowl games

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl games Alabama competed in. For the full Alabama bowl game history, see List of Alabama Crimson Tide bowl games.

Season Bowl Game Winner Loser
2009 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 37 Texas 21
2010 Capital One Bowl Alabama 49 Michigan State 7
2011 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 21 LSU 0
2012 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14
2013 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 45 Alabama 31
2014 Sugar Bowl Ohio State 42 Alabama 35
2015 Cotton Bowl Alabama 38 Michigan State 0
CFP National Championship Alabama 45 Clemson 40
2016 Peach Bowl Alabama 24 Washington 7
CFP National Championship Clemson 35 Alabama 31
2017 Sugar Bowl Alabama 24 Clemson 6
CFP National Championship Alabama 26 Georgia 23
2018 Orange Bowl Alabama 45 Oklahoma 34
CFP National Championship Clemson 44 Alabama 16

Overall bowl record: 41-26-3 (70 games)

Alabama and the NFL

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Eight former Alabama football players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the fourth most among all colleges.

Year Inducted Player Seasons at UA NFL Team(s) Years with NFL Team(s)
1963 Don Hutson 1932–34 Green Bay Packers 1935–45
1977 Bart Starr 1952–55 Green Bay Packers 1956–71
1985 Joe Namath 1962–64 New York Jets 1965–76
Los Angeles Rams 1977
1991 John Hannah 1970–72 New England Patriots 1973–85
1998 Dwight Stephenson 1977–79 Miami Dolphins 1980–87
1999 Ozzie Newsome 1974–77 Cleveland Browns 1978–90
2009 Derrick Thomas 1985–88 Kansas City Chiefs 1989–99
2016 Ken Stabler 1964–67 Oakland Raiders 1970–79
Houston Oilers 1980–81
New Orleans Saints 1982–84
Reference:[71]

Currently in the National Football League

Coaching staff

Name Position Consecutive season at
Alabama in current position
Nick Saban Head coach 13th
Steve Sarkisian Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach 1st
Charles Huff Associate head coach/Running backs coach 1st
Kyle Flood Offensive line coach 1st
Holmon Wiggins Wide receivers coach 1st
Jeff Banks Special teams coordinator/Tight end coach 2nd
Pete Golding Defensive coordinator/Inside linebackers coach 2nd
Charles Kelly Associate Defensive Coordinator/Safeties coach 1st
Brian Baker Associate head coach/Defensive line coach 1st
Sal Sunseri Outside linebackers coach 1st
Karl Scott Cornerbacks coach 2nd
Scott Cochran Strength and conditioning 12th
Reference:[72]

Media

During the football season, the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN) broadcasts multiple shows on gameday for most sports. The network includes more than sixty radio stations across the country. Radio stations WFFN-FM, WTSK-AM as a backup, broadcast all home games in the Tuscaloosa area.[73]

Football radio broadcasts begin three hours prior to the game's designated kickoff time with Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts in Around the SEC.[74] The radio broadcast then moves to the Crimson Tide Tailgate Party hosted by Tom Roberts.[74] Immediately following the end of the game, the Fifth Quarter Show begins as host Eli Gold talks to coaches and players and gives game statistics.[74] For the 2008 season, former Alabama players and personalities were brought on to provide guest commentary for each broadcast.[75]

Eli Gold
Eli Gold has done play-by-play work for Alabama football since 1988.

Current radio staff:[76][77]

  • Eli Gold – play-by-play
  • John Parker Wilson – color analyst
  • Rashad Johnson – sideline reporter
  • Chris Stewart, Tyler Watts – pre- and post-game show co-host
  • Tom Roberts – director of broadcasting
  • Tom Stipe, Butch Owens, Brian Roberts – producers

Stewart and Watts also provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively for CTSN pay-per-view television broadcasts.

Former radio staff:

  • Bert Bank, founder of the Alabama Football Network, producer emeritus
  • John Forney, play-by-play
  • Jerry Duncan, sideline reporter
  • Paul Kennedy, play-by-play
  • Doug Layton, color analyst
  • Ken Stabler, color analyst[78][79]

Future opponents

Non-division conference opponents

Alabama plays Tennessee as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools.[80]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee
at South Carolina vs Georgia at Florida vs Vanderbilt at Kentucky vs South Carolina at Missouri

Non-conference opponents

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
vs Duke vs USC vs Miami vs Utah State vs Central Michigan vs ULM at West Virginia vs West Virginia at Notre Dame vs Notre Dame
vs New Mexico State vs Georgia State vs Southern Miss at Texas vs Texas
vs Southern Miss vs Kent State vs New Mexico State vs ULM vs Western Kentucky
vs Western Carolina vs UT Martin vs Mercer

Source:[81]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ In 1995, the NCAA forfeited Alabama 8 regular season victories and 1 tie from the 1993 season.[85]
  2. ^ In 2009, the NCAA vaca

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Further reading

  • Barnhart, Tony; Keith Jackson (2000). Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion, and Glory of the Great Southern Game. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-093-8.
  • Davis, Terry (1999). Roll Tide: The Alabama Crimson Tide Story. Creative Education. ISBN 0-88682-975-5.
  • Forney, John (1993). Talk of the Tide: an oral history of Alabama football since 1920. Crane Hill Publishers. ISBN 1-881548-03-1.
  • Gold, Eli (2005). Crimson Nation. Thomas Nelson Incorporated. ISBN 1-4016-0190-1.
  • Groom, Winston (2000). The Crimson Tide – An Illustrated History. The University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0-8173-1051-7.
  • Langford, George (1974). The Crimson Tide: Alabama Football. H. Regnery Co. ISBN 0-8092-8363-8.
  • Sharpe, Wilton (2007). Crimson Tide Madness: Great Eras in Alabama Football. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 1-58182-580-3.
  • Townsend, Steve (2003). Tales from 1978–79 Alabama Football: A Time of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-425-3.
  • Walsh, Christopher J. (2005). Crimson Storm Surge: Alabama Football Then and Now. Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 1-58979-279-3.
  • Wells, Lawrence (2000). Football Powers of the South. Sports Yearbook Company. ISBN 0-916242-27-7.
  • Athlon Sports; Mike Shula (2006). Alabama Football: The Greatest Games, Players, Coaches, and Teams in the Glorious Tradition of Crimson Tide Football. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-880-0.
  • The Tuscaloosa News; Mike Bynum, Associated Press (2003). Greatest Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History. Distributors. ISBN 1-928846-65-3.

External links

1908 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1908 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 16th overall and 13th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach J. W. H. Pollard, in his third year, and played their home games at the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham Fairgrounds in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins, one loss and one tie (6–1–1 overall, 1–1–1 in the SIAA).

After opening the 1908 season with three consecutive shutouts, Alabama lost their only game of the season 6–11 at Georgia Tech. After a victory over Chattanooga and a tie against Georgia, Alabama played the Haskell Institute. Against Haskell, Alabama scored a touchdown on a 65-yard interception return, Haskell missed a field goal, and another Haskell drive ended with an interception deep in Alabama territory. In the season finale against Tennessee, Alabama back Derrill Pratt attempted eight field goals and made only one for a 4–0 Alabama victory.

1913 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1913 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1913 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 21st overall and 18th season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach D. V. Graves, in his third year, and played their home games at the University of Alabama Quad in Tuscaloosa and at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3 overall, 4–3 in the SIAA).

1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1916 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 24th overall and 21st season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Thomas Kelley, in his second year, and played their home games at University Field in Tuscaloosa and at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3 overall, 4–3 in the SIAA).

1917 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1917 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1917 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 25th overall and 22nd season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Thomas Kelley, in his third year, and played their home games at University Field in Tuscaloosa, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham and at Soldiers Field in Montgomery, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of five wins, two losses and one tie (5–2–1 overall, 3–1–1 in the SIAA).

1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1926 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 33rd overall and 5th season as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). The team was led by head coach Wallace Wade, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Denny Field in Tuscaloosa, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham and at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of nine wins, zero losses and one tie (9–0–1 overall, 8–0 in the SoCon), as Southern Conference champions. They tied undefeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl. The 1926 Alabama team was retroactively named as the 1926 national champion by Berryman QPRS, Billingsley Report, College Football Researchers Association, and Poling System, and as a co-national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and National Championship Foundation.

1928 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1928 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1928 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 35th overall and 7th season as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). The team was led by head coach Wallace Wade, in his sixth year, and played their home games at Denny Field in Tuscaloosa, at Legion Field in Birmingham and at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3 overall, 6–2 in the SoCon).

1934 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1934 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1934 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 41st overall season and 2nd as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Frank Thomas, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Legion Field in Birmingham and the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. They finished the season with a perfect record (10–0 overall, 7–0 in the SEC), as Southeastern Conference champions for the second consecutive season and defeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl.Five of the 13 selectors recognized as official by the NCAA (Berryman, Dunkel, Houlgate, Poling, and Williamson) recognize the 1934 Alabama team as the national champion. Sportswriter Morgan Blake called it the best football team he ever saw.

1977 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1977 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 83rd overall and 44th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 20th year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with eleven wins and one loss (11–1 overall, 7–0 in the SEC), as SEC champions and with a victory over Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.

Source: Rolltide.com: 1977 Alabama football schedule

1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 84th overall and 45th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 21st year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with eleven wins and one loss (11–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC champions and as national champions after a victory over Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama's costumed "Big Al" mascot officially debuted this season, appearing at the Sugar Bowl.

1981 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1981 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 87th overall and 48th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 24th year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with nine wins, two losses and one tie (9–2–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC co-champions with Georgia and with a loss against Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

Alabama recovered from an upset loss to a 1–10 Georgia Tech team to win its ninth SEC title in eleven years (shared with Georgia). It was Bama's 18th SEC championship, and the 13th and last conference title for Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama. Alabama's 28–17 win over Auburn was Coach Bryant's 315th career victory, breaking the then all-time record held by Amos Alonzo Stagg. Alabama's Cotton Bowl Classic loss to Texas dropped the Tide's all-time record against the Longhorns to 0–7–1.

1987 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1987 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 95th overall and 54th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bill Curry, in his first year, and played their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and five losses (7–5 overall, 4–3 in the SEC) and with a loss in the Hall of Fame Bowl to Michigan.

Due to a major renovation project that resulted in the completion of the western upper deck, Alabama played all of their home games at Legion Field instead of splitting them with Bryant–Denny Stadium for the 1987 season.

1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 97th overall and 56th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bill Curry, in his third year, and played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2 overall, 6–1 in the SEC), as SEC Co-Champions and with a loss in the Sugar Bowl against national championship winner Miami.

Alabama won its first ten games en route to its best record since 1980 and first SEC championship since 1981 season, its 19th overall. Highlights of the season included a 62–27 victory over Ole Miss after falling behind 21–0, a 47–30 victory over Tennessee in a match of unbeatens, and a 17–16 victory over Penn State in which Alabama blocked an 18-yard field goal try with 13 seconds left in the game for the win. The 32-16 win at LSU featured a first for the Crimson Tide, as Alabama safety Lee Ozmint scored the first ever defensive two-point conversion in school history on a 100-yard interception return of an LSU two-point conversion attempt.However, in the season finale against Auburn—the first Iron Bowl ever played in Auburn, Alabama—the Tigers beat Alabama 30–20. As a result, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee finished in a three-way tie for the conference championship. Alabama would however receive the conference's Sugar Bowl berth.In the Sugar Bowl Miami would defeat Alabama 33–25 and be named national champions.In the week after the Sugar Bowl loss, on January 7, 1990, Bill Curry resigned his position to take the head coaching job at Kentucky.

1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1990 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1990 College football season. The Crimson Tide was led by first-year head coach Gene Stallings, replacing Bill Curry who left for the University of Kentucky.

1994 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1994 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1994–95 college football season, competing in the Western Division in the Southeastern Conference. Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a perfect 11–0 regular season, only to see the Crimson Tide lose to the Florida Gators by one point in the SEC Championship Game. Highlights include a win over then unbeaten Auburn, and a dramatic victory over Georgia which is rebroadcast occasionally as part of the ESPN "Classic" series. Alabama beat Ohio State in the 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl to finish their 1994 season with a 12–1 record.

The team played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1996–97 college football season, competing in the Western Division in the Southeastern Conference. Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a 10–3 record in his final year with the program. The team played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Alabama's loss to Mississippi State broke a 15-game winning streak Alabama had in the series and was their first loss to the Bulldogs since a dramatic upset MSU posted over the #1 ranked Tide in 1980.

Following a victory in the annual Iron Bowl on November 23, head coach Gene Stallings announced his retirement, which would go into effect at the end of the season.

1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1997 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the college football season of 1997–98. The team's head coach was Mike DuBose, who was entering his first year at Alabama. They played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. Alabama would finish with a record of 4–7 record in suffering the program's first losing season since the 1984 season. The loss against Kentucky marked Alabama's first ever overtime game, as overtime rules for college football had gone into effect the previous season.

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the college football season of 1998–99. The team's head coach was Mike DuBose, who was entering his second year at Alabama. They played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and competed in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. They improved upon a 4–7 record from the 1997 season by finishing the 1998 campaign with a 7–5 record and an appearance in the Music City Bowl. The win against Ole Miss during the season marked Alabama's first ever overtime victory.

1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the 1999 college football season. The team was led by head coach Mike DuBose, who was in his third season with the program. The Crimson Tide, also known informally as the Tide, played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Legion Field, in Birmingham, Alabama.

The team entered the season trying to build upon a 7–5 record from their 1998 season. The 1999 team had tremendous success. After a stunning last second loss to Louisiana Tech early in the year, they eventually finished with a 9–2 regular season record (7–1 in the SEC). This included defeating Auburn on the road for the first time ever. The team went on to the 1999 SEC Championship Game where they defeated Florida for the second time for the year. Alabama played Michigan in the 2000 Orange Bowl and suffered a 35–34 loss in overtime, due to a missed extra point. Alabama had beaten Florida during the regular season by a single point in overtime, also due to a missed extra point.

2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 106th overall season, 70th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 11th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Dennis Franchione, in his second year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of 10–3 (6–2 in the SEC) to finish in first place in the SEC West; however, the team was ineligible to compete in the 2002 SEC Championship Game or a bowl game due to a two-year postseason ban imposed as part of the penalty for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violations.

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