1981 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1981 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|1981 record||9–2–1 (6–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bear Bryant (24th year)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium
|1981 SEC football standings|
|#7 Alabama +||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||2||–||1|
|#6 Georgia +||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
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.
|September 5||8:00 p.m.||at LSU||No. 4||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry)||ABC||W 24–7||78,066|
|September 12||4:00 p.m.||Georgia Tech*||No. 2||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||L 21–24||78,865|
|September 19||12:30 p.m.||at Kentucky||No. 12||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||W 19–10||57,853|
|September 26||7:00 p.m.||at Vanderbilt||No. 10||Dudley Field • Nashville, TN||W 28–7||41,000|
|October 3||1:30 p.m.||Ole Miss[A 1]*||No. 11||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||W 38–7||60,210|
|October 10||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 7||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||T 13–13||76,400|
|October 17||1:30 p.m.||Tennessee||No. 15||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October)||W 38–19||78,550|
|October 24||1:30 p.m.||Rutgers*||No. 11||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 31–7||60,210|
|October 31||1:30 p.m.||No. 7 Mississippi State||No. 8||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||W 13–10||60,210|
|November 14||11:30 a.m.||at No. 5 Penn State*||No. 6||Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry)||ABC||W 31–16||85,133|
|November 28||2:45 p.m.||vs. Auburn||No. 4||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||ABC||W 28–17||78,170|
|January 1, 1982||1:00 p.m.||vs. No. 6 Texas*||No. 3||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic)||CBS||L 12–14||73,243|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Source: Rolltide.com: 1981 Alabama football schedule
- Prior to the 1980 season, the SEC ruled if two SEC teams scheduled each another independently, and not through the conference office, the game would not count not count in SEC standings. As such, although both were members of the SEC, the Alabama–Ole Miss games in 1980 and 1981 did not count as conference games in the official SEC standings.
- Smothers, Jimmy (November 29, 1981). "Bryant now winningest college coach in history". The Gadsden Times. Google News Archives. p. 17. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- McNair, Kirk (February 7, 2006). "SEC football - With the death late last week of legendary Mississippi Football Coach John Vaught, the question was raised as to why Alabama and Coach Paul Bryant had so few meetings against the Rebels and Vaught". 'BamaMag. Scout.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- "1981 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 16, 2015.