1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
Liberty Bowl champion
|1982 record||8–4 (3–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bear Bryant (25th year)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium
|1982 SEC football standings|
|#4 Georgia $||6||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
The 1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 88th overall and 49th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 25th and final year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with eight wins and four losses (8–4 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and with a victory over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl.
Alabama was 5–0 after they defeated Penn State 42–21, with the decisive play coming when a Penn State player blocked his own team's punt. But after that it was all downhill. Paul Bryant's last season as Alabama football coach saw a nine-game winning streak against Auburn and eleven-game winning streaks against Tennessee and LSU all come to an end. The loss to Southern Miss was Alabama's first loss in Tuscaloosa since 1963, breaking a 57-game win streak in Bryant–Denny Stadium. Coach Bryant retired after Alabama's bowl victory against Illinois and died less than one month later, on January 26, 1983.
|September 11||12:30 p.m.||at Georgia Tech*||No. 4||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||W 45–7||57,126|
|September 18||1:30 p.m.||at Ole Miss||No. 4||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry)||W 42–14||62,385|
|September 25||1:30 p.m.||Vanderbilt||No. 4||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 24–21||60,210|
|October 2||7:30 p.m.||Arkansas State*||No. 5||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 34–7||67,459|
|October 9||12:30 p.m.||No. 3 Penn State*||No. 4||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry)||CBS||W 42–21||76,821|
|October 16||1:00 p.m.||at Tennessee||No. 2||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||L 28–35||95,342|
|October 23||1:30 p.m.||Cincinnati*||No. 7||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 21–3||60,210|
|October 30||1:30 p.m.||at Mississippi State||No. 9||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry)||W 20–12||62,110|
|November 6||1:30 p.m.||No. 11 LSU||No. 8||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry)||L 10–20||77,230|
|November 13||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 17||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||L 29–38||60,210|
|November 27||11:00 a.m.||vs. Auburn||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||ABC||L 22–23||76,300|
|December 29||7:00 p.m.||vs. Illinois*||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN (Liberty Bowl)||MetroSports||W 21–15||54,123|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Source: Rolltide.com: 1982 Alabama football schedule
- "No. 4 Tide rolls over 3rd ranked Lions". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. Google News Archives. Associated Press. November 10, 1982. p. 5C. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- "1982 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 16, 2015.