1923 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1923 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1923 record||7–2–1 (4–1–1 SoCon)|
|Head coach||Wallace Wade|
|Home stadium||Denny Field
|1923 Southern Conference football standings|
|Washington & Lee §||4||–||0||–||1||6||–||3||–||1|
|§ – Conference co-champions
The 1923 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1923 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 30th overall and 2nd season as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). The team was led by head coach Wallace Wade, in his first 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 seven wins, two losses and one tie (7–2–1 overall, 4–1–1 in the SoCon).
1923 marked the first season for new head coach Wallace Wade, a former assistant at Vanderbilt. One year after Alabama's triumphal trip to Penn, the Tide went on another northeast roadtrip with a different outcome, losing to Syracuse 23–0. The Sewanee game was scoreless until the last two minutes, when Johnny Mack Brown intercepted a pass, giving the ball to Alabama at the Tiger 48. Pooley Hubert scored with seconds left and Sewanee had time to run only two plays before the game ended. Against Georgia Tech, Alabama was very lucky to escape with a 0–0 tie. Tech had 18 first downs to none for Alabama, and the Tide never advanced the ball beyond its own 27-yard line. A driving rain and sixteen punts from Grant Gillis helped Bama to hold Tech scoreless. Tech drives stalled on the Alabama 2, 8, and 11-yard lines. A season-ending 16-6 upset loss to coach James Van Fleet's Florida Gators cost coach Wade and the Tide the Southern Conference championship.
|September 29||Union*||Denny Field • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 12–0|
|October 6||Ole Miss||Denny Field • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||W 56–0|
|October 14||at Syracuse*||Archbold Stadium • Syracuse, NY||L 0–23|
|October 20||Sewanee*||Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL||W 7–0|
|October 27||at Spring Hill*||Murphy High School Stadium • Mobile, AL||W 59–0|
|November 3||at Georgia Tech||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||T 0–0|
|November 10||Kentucky||Denny Field • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 16–8|
|November 16||LSU||Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, AL (Rivalry)||W 30–3|
|November 24||Georgia||Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, AL||W 36–0|
|November 29||Florida||Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL||L 6–16|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming.|
- Source: Rolltide.com: 1923 Alabama football schedule
- "1923 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
- 1923 game recaps
- "1923 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
- "All-Time Tide Football Lettermen". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 127–141.
- "All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 142–143.