2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
AP #11
2002 record 10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Dennis Franchione (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Les Koenning (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Carl Torbush (2nd year)
Captain
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 83,818)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
« 2001 2003 »
2002 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#3 Georgia x   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
#14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
† – BCS representative as conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
    Rankings from AP Poll


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.

Summary[edit]

The team was led by second-year head coach Dennis Franchione. The team began the season with a 4–1 record, only losing a very close game to then #8 ranked Oklahoma. On October 5, the Crimson Tide lost another hard fought game to the #4 Georgia 27–25 at home. The team would then defeat their next five opponents by an average of 24.4 points. In the 2002 Iron Bowl, the team was defeated by the Auburn Tigers by a score of 17–7. The team would end their season by defeating Hawaii. Though the team finished at 10–3 (6–2) and atop the SEC West standings, they were ineligible to play in the postseason due to receiving NCAA sanctions in 2001.

On December 5, head coach Dennis Franchione left the University of Alabama to take a head coaching job at Texas A&M which was left vacant by the firing of R. C. Slocum.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 11:30 am Middle Tennessee* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL JPS W 39–34   80,091
September 7 2:30 pm at #2 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ABC L 27–37   75,564
September 14 6:00 pm North Texas* Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL PPV W 33–7   79,818
September 21 6:00 pm Southern Miss* Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 W 20–7   83,818
September 28 6:45 pm at Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN W 30–12   73,551
October 5 2:30 pm #7 Georgia #22 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL CBS L 25–27   83,818
October 19 2:30 pm #21 Ole Missdagger #24 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS W 42–7   83,818
October 26 6:45 pm at #16 Tennessee #19 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) ESPN W 34–14   107,722
November 2 1:00 pm at Vanderbilt #12 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN PPV W 30–8   36,407
November 9 1:00 pm Mississippi State #11 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) PPV W 28–14   83,818
November 16 8:00 pm at #14 LSU #10 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN W 31–0   92,012
November 23 2:30 pm Auburn #9 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS L 7–17   83,818
November 30 6:45 pm at Hawaii* #14 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN W 21–16   50,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
  • Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 2002 Season[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franchione bolts Alabama for Texas A&M". CNN. Retrieved February 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ "All-time Football Results: 2002 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved August 27, 2011.