1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Outback Bowl Champions
SEC Western Division Champions
Outback Bowl, W 17–14 vs. Michigan
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #11
1996 record 10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Gene Stallings (7th year)
Captain John Causey
Captain Fernando Davis
Home stadium Bryant-Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Florida x   8 0         12 1  
#9 Tennessee   7 1         10 2  
South Carolina   4 4         6 5  
Kentucky   3 5         4 7  
Georgia   3 5         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#11 Alabama xy   6 2         10 3  
#12 LSU x   6 2         10 2  
#24 Auburn   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 6  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Florida 45, Alabama 30
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

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.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 2:00 pm Bowling Green* #13 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL PPV W 21–7   76,878
September 7 11:30 am Southern Miss* #14 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL JPS W 20–10   82,338
September 14 5:00 pm Vanderbilt #13 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 W 36–26   70,123
September 21 11:30 am at Arkansas #13 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR JPS W 17–7   54,827
October 5 1:00 pm Kentuckydagger #13 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL PPV W 35–7   70,123
October 12 2:30 pm at NC State* #8 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ABC W 24–19   50,750
October 19 5:00 pm Ole Miss #7 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 37–0   70,123
October 26 2:30 pm at #6 Tennessee #7 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) CBS L 13–20   106,700
November 8 6:30 pm at #11 LSU #10 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN W 26–0   80,290
November 15 8:00 pm at Mississippi State #8 Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN L 16–17   40,050
November 23 6:30 pm Auburn #15 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) ESPN W 24–23   83,091
December 7 8:00 pm vs. #4 Florida #11 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game) ABC L 30–45   74,132
January 1, 1997 10:00 am vs. #15 Michigan* #16 Houlihan's StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN W 17–14   53,161
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tide prevails; Stallings retires: Auburn Bama both blow leads". The Atlanta Journal. 1996-11-24. pp. F1. 

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