List of Alabama Crimson Tide football seasons

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Since the team's founding in 1892, Alabama has played in over 1,100 sanctioned football games.
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50-yard line action during the 2010 BCS National Championship Game

The Alabama Crimson Tide college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Alabama in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Alabama has played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama since 1929.[1]

The Crimson Tide claims fifteen national championships, ten of which were awarded by the AP or Coaches' wire-service polls.[2] Alabama has 27 conference championships and holds NCAA records with 61 postseason bowl game appearances and 34 bowl game victories.[3][4] The Crimson Tide has also had eleven undefeated seasons, a longest winning streak of 28 games between 1978 and 1980 and a home winning streak of 57 games between 1963 and 1982.[5] Alabama leads the SEC West Division with eight appearances in the SEC Championship Game, and has a winning record against every SEC team except Missouri.[6] The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama sixth all-time in total appearances in the AP Poll.[7] With 838 official wins in over 119 seasons of football, Alabama ranks seventh all-time in win–loss records in the NCAA.[5][A 1]

Football was introduced to the university by W. G. Little in 1892. The first win in the history of the program came in its inaugural game, a 56–0 shutout over Birmingham High School on November 11, 1892.[3] From 1892 to 1894, Alabama competed as a football independent, before they joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) as a charter member in 1895. From 1895 to 1921, Alabama saw some success as they had only three losing seasons as a member of the SIAA. In 1922, Alabama left the SIAA and became a charter member of the Southern Conference (SoCon).[3] As a member of the Southern Conference, Alabama won conference championships in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1930. Additionally, Alabama won their first three National Championships in the 1925, 1926 and 1930 seasons.[3]

By 1933, Alabama again switched conferences, joining the SEC as a charter member. Alabama won the first SEC title in 1933 and its fourth and fifth national championship in the 1934 and 1941 seasons.[3] After winning five national championships and nine conference championships through 1946, Alabama saw a decline between 1946 and 1957 and captured a single conference title. After they only won four games over a period of three seasons, Bear Bryant was hired as head coach in 1958. Under his guidance Alabama won thirteen SEC championships and national championships in the 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979 seasons.[3] After the retirement of Bryant in 1982, Alabama had two coaches, and won one SEC championship before Gene Stallings was hired in 1990. Stallings coached Alabama for seven years, won a national championship in 1992 season, an SEC championship that same season, and four SEC West Division titles. His retirement was followed by a succession of four coaches who only won one SEC championship among them.

In 2007 Alabama hired current coach Nick Saban, who led the program to their thirteenth national championship in the 2009 season, fourteenth in the 2011 season and fifteenth in the 2012 season. Through the 2013 season, Alabama has compiled an official overall record of 838 wins, 323 losses, 43 ties and has appeared in 61 bowl games, with the most recent coming in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.[8]

Seasons[edit]

National Champions dagger Conference Champions * Division Champions double-dagger Bowl game berth ^
List of seasons showing head coach, conference, conference finish, division finish, wins, losses, ties, bowl games and final poll standings[A 2]
Season
[A 3]
Head coach
[9]
Conference Conference finish Division finish
[A 4]
Wins Losses Ties Bowl result
[A 5]
AP Poll
[A 6]
Coaches' Poll
[A 7]
1892 Beaumont, E. B.E. B. Beaumont Independent 2 2 0 N/A N/A
1893 Abbott, EliEli Abbott 0 4 0 N/A N/A
1894 3 1 0 N/A N/A
1895 SIAA 0 4 0 N/A N/A
1896 Wagonhurst, OttoOtto Wagonhurst 2 1 0 N/A N/A
1897 McCants, AllenAllen McCants 1 0 0 N/A N/A
1899 Martin, W. A.W. A. Martin 3 1 0 N/A N/A
1900 Griffin, MalcolmMalcolm Griffin 2 3 0 N/A N/A
1901 Harvey, M. S.M. S. Harvey 2 1 2 N/A N/A
1902 Abbott, EliEli Abbott 4 4 0 N/A N/A
1903 Blount, W. B.W. B. Blount 3 4 0 N/A N/A
1904 7 3 0 N/A N/A
1905 Leavenworth, JackJack Leavenworth 6 4 0 N/A N/A
1906 Pollard, J. W. H.J. W. H. Pollard 5 1 0 N/A N/A
1907 5 1 2 N/A N/A
1908 6 1 1 N/A N/A
1909 5 1 2 N/A N/A
1910 Lowman, GuyGuy Lowman 4 4 0 N/A N/A
1911 Graves, D. V.D. V. Graves 5 2 2 N/A N/A
1912 5 3 1 N/A N/A
1913 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1914 5 4 0 N/A N/A
1915 Kelley, ThomasThomas Kelley 6 2 0 N/A N/A
1916 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1917 5 2 1 N/A N/A
1919 Scott, Xen C.Xen C. Scott 8 1 0 N/A N/A
1920 10 1 0 N/A N/A
1921 5 4 2 N/A N/A
1922 SoCon 8th 6 3 1 N/A N/A
1923 Wade, WallaceWallace Wade 4th 7 2 1 N/A N/A
1924* 1st * 8 1 0 N/A N/A
1925 dagger* T–1st * 10 0 0 Won 1926 Rose Bowl against Washington Huskies, 20–19 ^ N/A N/A
1926 dagger* 1st * 9 0 1 Tie 1927 Rose Bowl against Stanford, 7–7 ^ N/A N/A
1927 10th 5 4 1 N/A N/A
1928 5th 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1929 11th 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1930 dagger* T–1st * 10 0 0 Won 1931 Rose Bowl against Washington State Cougars, 24–0 ^ N/A N/A
1931 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 3rd 9 1 0 N/A N/A
1932 T–5th 8 2 0 N/A N/A
1933 * SEC 1st * 7 1 1 N/A N/A
1934 dagger* T–1st * 10 0 0 Won 1935 Rose Bowl against Stanford Indians, 29–13 ^ N/A N/A
1935 5th 6 2 1 N/A N/A
1936 2nd 8 0 1 4 N/A
1937 * 1st * 9 1 0 Lost 1938 Rose Bowl to California Golden Bears, 0–13 ^ 4 N/A
1938 T–2nd 7 1 1 13 N/A
1939 8th 5 3 1 N/A
1940 4th 7 2 0 N/A
1941 dagger 3rd 9 2 0 Won 1942 Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas A&M Aggies, 29–21 ^ 20 N/A
1942 5th 8 3 0 Won 1943 Orange Bowl against Boston College Eagles, 37–21 ^ 10 N/A
1944 4th 5 2 2 Lost 1945 Sugar Bowl to Duke Blue Devils, 26–29 ^ N/A
1945 * 1st * 10 0 0 Won 1946 Rose Bowl against USC Trojans, 26–29 ^ 2 N/A
1946 6th 7 4 0 N/A
1947 Drew, HaroldHarold Drew 3rd 8 3 0 Lost 1948 Sugar Bowl to Texas Longhorns, 7–27 ^ 6 N/A
1948 6th 6 4 1 N/A
1949 6th 6 3 1 N/A
1950 3rd 9 2 0 16 17
1951 T–7th 5 6 0
1952 4th 10 2 0 Won 1953 Orange Bowl against Syracuse Orangemen, 61–6 ^ 9 9
1953 * 1st * 6 3 3 Lost 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic to Rice Owls, 6–28 ^ 13 11
1954 8th 4 5 2
1955 Whitworth, Jennings B.Jennings B. Whitworth 12th 0 10 0
1956 T–8th 2 7 1
1957 11th 2 7 1
1958 Bryant, BearBear Bryant T–6th 5 4 1
1959 4th 7 2 2 Lost 1959 Liberty Bowl to Penn State Nittany Lions, 0–7 ^ 10 13
1960 3rd 8 1 2 Tie 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl against Texas Longhorns, 3–3 ^ 9 10
1961 dagger* T–1st * 11 0 0 Won 1962 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas Razorbacks, 10–3 ^ 1 1
1962 2nd 10 1 0 Won 1963 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma Sooners, 17–0 ^ 5 5
1963 3rd 9 2 0 Won 1964 Sugar Bowl against Ole Miss Rebels, 10–7 ^ 8 9
1964 dagger* 1st * 10 1 0 Lost 1965 Orange Bowl to Texas Longhorns, 17–21 ^ 1 1
1965 dagger* 1st * 9 1 1 Won 1966 Orange Bowl against Nebraska Cornhuskers, 39–28 ^ 1 4
1966 * T–1st * 11 0 0 Won 1967 Sugar Bowl against Nebraska Cornhuskers, 34–7 ^ 3 3
1967 2nd 8 2 1 Lost 1968 Cotton Bowl Classic to Texas A&M Aggies, 16–20 ^ 8 7
1968 T–3rd 8 3 0 Lost 1968 Gator Bowl to Missouri Tigers, 10–35 ^ 17 12
1969 8th 6 5 0 Lost 1969 Liberty Bowl to Colorado Buffaloes, 33–47 ^
1970 T–7th 6 5 1 Tie 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl to Oklahoma Sooners, 24–24 ^
1971 * 1st * 11 1 0 Lost 1972 Orange Bowl to Nebraska Cornhuskers, 6–38 ^ 4 2
1972 * 1st * 10 2 0 Lost 1973 Cotton Bowl Classic to Texas Longhorns, 13–17 ^ 7 4
1973 dagger* 1st * 11 1 0 Lost 1973 Sugar Bowl to Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 23–24 ^ 4 1
1974 * 1st * 11 1 0 Lost 1975 Orange Bowl to Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 11–13 ^ 5 2
1975 * 1st * 11 1 0 Won 1975 Sugar Bowl against Penn State Nittany Lions, 13–6 ^ 3 3
1976 2nd 9 3 0 Won 1976 Liberty Bowl against UCLA Bruins, 36–6 ^ 11 9
1977 * 1st * 11 1 0 Won 1978 Sugar Bowl against Ohio State Buckeyes, 35–6 ^ 2 2
1978 dagger* 1st * 11 1 0 Won 1979 Sugar Bowl against Penn State Nittany Lions, 14–7 ^ 1 2
1979 dagger* 1st * 12 0 0 Won 1980 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas Razorbacks, 24–9 ^ 1 1
1980 T–2nd 10 2 0 Won 1981 Cotton Bowl Classic against Baylor Bears, 30–2 ^ 6 6
1981 * T–1st * 9 2 1 Lost 1982 Cotton Bowl Classic to Texas Longhorns, 12–14 ^ 7 6
1982 T–6th 8 4 0 Won 1982 Liberty Bowl against Illinois Fighting Illini, 21–15 ^ 17
1983 Perkins, RayRay Perkins T–3rd 8 4 0 Won 1983 Sun Bowl against SMU Mustangs, 21–15 ^ 15 12
1984 T–7th 5 6 0
1985 T–3rd 9 2 1 Won 1985 Aloha Bowl against USC Trojans, 24–3 ^ 13 14
1986 T–2nd 10 3 0 Won 1986 Sun Bowl against Washington Huskies, 28–6 ^ 9 9
1987 Curry, BillBill Curry T–4th 7 5 0 Lost 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl to Michigan Wolverines, 24–28 ^
1988 T–4th 9 3 0 Won 1988 Sun Bowl against Army Black Knights, 29–28 ^ 17 17
1989 * T–1st * 10 2 0 Lost 1990 Sugar Bowl to Miami Hurricanes, 25–33 ^ 9 7
1990 Stallings, GeneGene Stallings T–3rd 7 5 0 Lost 1991 Fiesta Bowl to Louisville Cardinals, 7–34 ^
1991 2nd 11 1 0 Won 1991 Blockbuster Bowl against Colorado Buffaloes, 30–25 ^ 5 5
1992 dagger* 1st * 1st double-dagger 13 0 0 Won 1993 Sugar Bowl against Miami Hurricanes, 34–13 ^ 1 1
1993
[A 8]
2nd 2nd double-dagger
[A 9]
1 (9) 12 (3) 0 (1) Won 1993 Gator Bowl against North Carolina Tar Heels, 24–10 ^ 14 13
1994 2nd 1st double-dagger 12 1 0 Won 1995 Citrus Bowl against Ohio State Buckeyes, 24–17 ^ 5 4
1995
[A 10]
T–2nd 8 3 0 Ineligible 21
1996 2nd T–1st double-dagger 10 3
[A 11]
Won 1997 Outback Bowl against Michigan Wolverines, 17–14 ^ 11 11
1997 DuBose, MikeMike DuBose T–5th 4 7
1998 3rd 7 5 Lost 1998 Music City Bowl to Virginia Tech Hokies, 7–38 ^
1999 * 1st * 1st double-dagger 10 3 Lost 2000 Orange Bowl to Michigan Wolverines, 34–35 ^ 8 8
2000 T–5th 3 8
2001 Franchione, DennisDennis Franchione T–3rd 7 5 Won 2001 Independence Bowl against Iowa State Cyclones, 14–13 ^
2002
[A 12]
1st
[A 13]
10 3 Ineligible 11
2003
[A 14]
Shula, MikeMike Shula 5th 4 9 Ineligible
2004 T–3rd 6 6 Lost 2004 Music City Bowl to Minnesota Golden Gophers, 16–20 ^
2005
[A 15]
3rd 0 (10) 2 Won (vacated) 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas Tech Red Raiders, 13–10 ^ 8 8
2006
[A 16][A 17]
T–4th 0 (6) 7 Lost 2006 Independence Bowl to Oklahoma State Cowboys, 31–34 ^
2007
[A 18]
Saban, NickNick Saban T–3rd 2 (7) 6 Won 2007 Independence Bowl against Colorado Buffaloes, 30–24 ^
2008 2nd 1st double-dagger 12 2 Lost 2009 Sugar Bowl to Utah Utes, 17–31 ^ 6 6
2009 dagger* 1st * 1st double-dagger 14 0 Won 2010 BCS National Championship Game against Texas Longhorns, 37–21 ^ 1 1
2010 4th 10 3 Won 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State Spartans, 49–7 ^ 10 11
2011 dagger 2nd 12 1 Won 2012 BCS National Championship Game against LSU Tigers, 21–0 ^ 1 1
2012 dagger* 1st * 1st double-dagger 13 1 Won 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 42–14 ^ 1 1
2013 T-1st double-dagger 11 2 Lost 2014 Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma Sooners, 31–45 ^ 7 8

Totals[edit]

1892-2013 Totals through January 2, 2014.
Wins Losses Ties Win percentage
Regular Season Games 800 296 40 .722
Conference Championship Games 4 4 0 .500
Bowl Games 34 23 3 .592
All Games 838 323 43 .714
Reference: [3]

Records above take into account an additional 21 victories vacated and 8 victories and 1 tie forfeited.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alabama has had an additional 21 victories vacated (2005–2007) and 8 victories and 1 tie forfeited (1993).
  2. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2012 season.
  3. ^ Alabama did not field teams for the 1898, 1918 or 1943 seasons.[3]
  4. ^ The Southeastern Conference introduced divisional play in 1992; the divisional winners advance to the SEC Championship Game to determine the conference champion.[10]
  5. ^ Sorts alphabetically by bowl name.
  6. ^ The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.[11]
  7. ^ The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today[11]
  8. ^ Alabama finished the 1993 season with an overall record of 9–3–1, but was later forced to officially forfeit all regular season games as a penalty due to NCAA infractions.[12]
  9. ^ Alabama finished second in the SEC West in 1993, but played in the SEC Championship Game as Auburn was prohibited from post-season play because of NCAA violations.[13][14]
  10. ^ Alabama finished the 1995 season with an overall record of 8–3, but was ineligible for a bowl appearance due a one-year bowl ban imposed by the NCAA for rules violations.[12]
  11. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[15]
  12. ^ Alabama finished the 2002 season with an overall record of 10–3, but was ineligible for postseason play as a result of a two-year bowl ban imposed by the NCAA due to recruiting violations.[16]
  13. ^ Alabama finished first in the SEC West in 2002, but could not play in the SEC Championship Game due to NCAA sanctions.
  14. ^ Although Alabama failed to qualify for a bowl with an overall record of 4–9, the Crimson Tide was ineligible for postseason play as a result of a two-year bowl ban imposed by the NCAA due to recruiting violations.[16]
  15. ^ The NCAA ruled Alabama to vacate 21 victories between the 2005–07 seasons due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions. Following an unsuccessful appeal to the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, ten overall wins from the 2005 season have been officially vacated.[17]
  16. ^ Joe Kines served as interim head coach for the 2006 Independence Bowl.[18]
  17. ^ The NCAA ruled Alabama to vacate 21 victories between the 2005–07 seasons due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions. Following an unsuccessful appeal to the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, six overall wins from the 2006 season have been officially vacated.[17]
  18. ^ The NCAA ruled Alabama to vacate 21 victories between the 2005–07 seasons due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions. Following an unsuccessful appeal to the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, five overall wins from the 2007 season have been officially vacated.[17]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Facilities: Bryant–Denny Stadium". RollTide.com. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, pp. 151–165
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, pp. 46–122
  4. ^ "Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 16
  5. ^ a b Football Bowl Subdivision Records, pp. 114–116
  6. ^ 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Media Guide, p. 123
  7. ^ "Total Appearances in the AP Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Head Coaches". Paul W. Bryant Museum. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "SEC Championship Game". SECdigitalnetwork. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Football Bowl Subdivision Records, p. 80
  12. ^ a b Segrest, Doug (August 3, 1995). "Penalties stun, anger UA: NCAA charged a third, unexpected violation". The Birmingham News. 
  13. ^ "No. 6 Auburn Rallies to Beat Alabama and Finishes at 11–0 SEC: The Tigers, banned from postseason play, overcome 14–5 deficit for 22–14 victory". Los Angeles Times. November 21, 1993. pp. C5. 
  14. ^ "Auburn Lands On Two-Year Probation". Associated Press. August 13, 1993. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Kirk, Steve (February 2, 2002). "Alabama branded a 'disgrace' – NCAA levies sanctions for recruiting, blasts boosters; University will appeal". The Birmingham News. 
  17. ^ a b c Hurt, Cecil (March 23, 2010). "UA officials disappointed in appeal outcome". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ Melick, Ray (December 28, 2006). "Kines latest face of change at Alabama". The Birmingham News. 

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