1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Outback Bowl champion
SEC West Division champion
Outback Bowl, W 17–14 vs. Michigan
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 11
1996 record 10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Gene Stallings (7th year)
Offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey
Defensive coordinator Mike DuBose
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* No. 13 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL PPV W 21–7   76,878
September 7 11:30 am Southern Miss* No. 14 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL JPS W 20–10   82,338
September 14 5:00 pm Vanderbilt No. 13 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 W 36–26   70,123
September 21 11:30 am at Arkansas No. 13 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR JPS W 17–7   54,827
October 5 1:00 pm Kentuckydagger No. 13 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL PPV W 35–7   70,123
October 12 2:30 pm at NC State* No. 8 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ABC W 24–19   50,750
October 19 5:00 pm Ole Miss No. 7 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 37–0   70,123
October 26 2:30 pm at No. 6 Tennessee No. 7 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) CBS L 13–20   106,700
November 9 6:30 pm at No. 11 LSU No. 10 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN W 26–0   80,290
November 16 8:00 pm at Mississippi State No. 8 Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN L 16–17   40,050
November 23 6:30 pm Auburn No. 15 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) ESPN W 24–23   83,091
December 7 8:00 pm vs. No. 4 Florida No. 11 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game) ABC L 30–45   74,132
January 1, 1997 10:00 am vs. No. 15 Michigan* No. 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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