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Alabama Crimson Tide football
2016 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama Crimson Tide Logo.svg
First season 1892
Athletic director Bill Battle
Head coach Nick Saban
10th year, 113–18 (.863)
Other staff See Coaching staff section
Stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
Seating capacity 101,821[1]
Field surface Natural grass
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Conference SEC
Division Western
All-time record 877–326–43 (.721)
Bowl record 36–24–3 (.595)
Playoff appearances 3 (2014, 2015, 2016)
Playoff record 2–1 (.667)
Claimed nat'l titles 16 (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015)[2]
Unclaimed nat'l titles 4 (1945, 1966, 1975, 1977)
Conference titles 30 (Southern Conference: 4; SEC: 26)
Division titles 13
Heisman winners 2 (2009 Mark Ingram, 2015 Derrick Henry)
Consensus All-Americans 64
Colors Crimson and White[3]
         
Fight song Yea Alabama
Mascot Elephant (Big Al)
Marching band Million Dollar Band
Primary rivals Auburn Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers
LSU Tigers
Website RollTide.com

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team represents the University of Alabama (variously Alabama, UA, or 'Bama) in the sport of American football. The team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[4] The team is currently coached by Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide is among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program recognizes 16 of the national championships awarded to the team,[2][5][6] including 11 wire-service (AP or Coaches) national titles in the poll-era, the most of any current FBS program.[7] From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national championships with the program.[5] Despite numerous national and conference championships, it was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram became the university's first winner. In 2015, Derrick Henry became the university's second Heisman winner.[8]

As of the completion of the 2015 season, Alabama has 864 official victories[a][b] in NCAA Division I (an additional 21 victories were vacated and 8 victories and 1 tie were forfeited), has won 30 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 26 SEC championships) and has made an NCAA-record 64 postseason bowl appearances. Other NCAA records include 23 10-game or more winning streaks and 19 seasons with a 10–0 start. The program has had 34 10-win seasons (plus one vacated),[9][10] and has 37[b] bowl victories, both NCAA records.[11] Alabama has completed 10 undefeated seasons, 9 of which were perfect seasons. The Crimson Tide leads the SEC West Division with eleven division titles and ten appearances in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama holds a winning record against every current and former SEC school. The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama 4th in all-time final AP Poll appearances, with 53 through the 2015 season.[12][13]

Alabama plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[1] With a capacity of 101,821,[1] Bryant-Denny is the 8th largest non-racing stadium in the world and the seventh largest stadium in the U.S.

History[edit]

Head coaching history[edit]

Alabama has had 28 head coaches since organized football began in 1892. Adopting the nickname "Crimson Tide" after the 1907 season, the team has played more than 1,100 games in their 114 seasons. In that time, 12 coaches have led the Crimson Tide in postseason bowl games: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Harold D. "Red" Drew, Bear Bryant, Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Shula, Joe Kines, and Nick Saban.[2] Eight of those coaches also won conference championships: Wade, Thomas, Drew, Bryant, Curry, Stallings, DuBose, and Saban. During their tenures, Wade, Thomas, Bryant, Stallings, and Saban all won national championships with the Crimson Tide.[2]

Of the 27 different head coaches who have led the Crimson Tide, Wade,[14] Thomas,[15] Bryant,[16] and Stallings have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach is Nick Saban, who was hired in January 2007.[17]

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

National championships in NCAA FBS college football are debated as the NCAA does not officially award the championship. Despite not naming an official National Champion, the NCAA provides lists of championships awarded by organizations it recognizes.[6][18] According to the official NCAA 2009 Division I Football Records Book, "During the last 138 years, there have been more than 30 selectors of national champions using polls, historical research and mathematical rating systems. Beginning in 1936, the Associated Press began the best-known and most widely circulated poll of sportswriters and broadcasters. Before 1936, national champions were determined by historical research and retroactive ratings and polls. […] The criteria for being included in this historical list of poll selectors is that the poll be national in scope, either through distribution in newspaper, television, radio and/or computer online."[19]

Since World War II, Alabama only claims national championships awarded by the final AP Poll or the final Coaches' Poll. This policy is consistent with other FBS football programs with numerous national title claims, including Notre Dame, USC, and Oklahoma. All national championships claimed by the University of Alabama were published in nationally syndicated newspapers and magazines, and each of the national championship selectors, and are cited in the Official 2010 NCAA FBS Record Book.[20] In addition to the championships claimed by the university, the NCAA has listed Alabama as receiving a championship for the 1945, 1966, 1975, and 1977 college football seasons.[6][18]

In Alabama's 1982 media guide, the last for Coach Bryant, 1934 is listed as the only national championship before Coach Bryant in a footnote about the school's SEC history. In the 1980s, Alabama's Sports Information Director Wayne Atcheson started recognizing five pre-Bryant national championship teams (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941) by adding them to the University's Football Media Guide. According to Atcheson, he made the effort in the context of disputed titles being claimed by other schools, and "to make Alabama football look the best it could look" to compete with the other claimants. Atcheson maintains that the titles are the school's rightful claims.[21]

The University of Alabama 2009 Official Football Media Guide states that Alabama had 12 national championships prior to winning the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.[22] The 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015 titles bring the total number of national championships claimed by Alabama to 16. Eleven of Alabama's national championships were awarded by the wire-services (AP, Coaches' Poll) or by winning the BCS National Championship Game.[6][18]

In January 2013, CNN suggested that Alabama might be college football's new dynasty,[23] and in May 2013, Athlon Sports ranked Alabama's ongoing dynasty as the fourth-best since 1934, behind Oklahoma (1948–58), Miami (1986–92), and Nebraska (1993–97).[24]

National championship seasons[edit]

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1925 Wallace Wade Various 10–0 Won Rose Bowl
1926 Wallace Wade Various 9–0–1 Tied Rose Bowl
1930 Wallace Wade Various 10–0 Won Rose Bowl
1934 Frank Thomas Various 10–0 Won Rose Bowl
1941 Frank Thomas Houlgate Poll 9–2 Won Cotton Bowl Classic
1961 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP, Coaches' 11–0 Won Sugar Bowl
1964 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP, Coaches' 10–1 Lost Orange Bowl
1965 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP 9–1–1 Won Orange Bowl
1973 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coaches' 11–1 Lost Sugar Bowl
1978 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP 11–1 Won Sugar Bowl
1979 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP, Coaches' 12–0 Won Sugar Bowl
1992 Gene Stallings AP, Coaches' 13–0 Won Sugar Bowl
2009 Nick Saban AP, Coaches' 14–0 Won BCS National Championship Game
2011 Nick Saban AP, Coaches' 12–1 Won BCS National Championship Game
2012 Nick Saban AP, Coaches' 13–1 Won BCS National Championship Game
2015 Nick Saban AP, Coaches', CFP 14–1 Won Cotton Bowl Classic
Won College Football Playoff National Championship
National Championships 16
  • 1925 — The 1925 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington in the January 1, 1926 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team initially fell behind the undefeated Huskies, but rallied in the second half to defeat Washington 20–19. The outstanding player of the game was Johnny Mack Brown.[25] This game is viewed by many football historians as the single most important event for Southern football, and is hailed "the football game that changed the South." Alabama was the first Southern football team to be invited to play in the Rose Bowl, and proved that the Southern teams could compete with those from the East, the Midwest and the West coast. The victory for Coach Wallace Wade established Alabama as a football powerhouse. The 1925 Alabama football team finished the season with a 10–0–0 record and was selected national champion by the Football Annual, Billingsley, and the Helms Athletic Foundation.[5]
  • 1926 — The 1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1927 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team tied the Indians 7–7 to finish the season 9–0–1. The outstanding player of the game was Fred Pickhard.[25] The 1926 Alabama football team was selected national champion by Billingsley and the Helms Athletic Foundation.[5]
  • 1930 — The 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington State in the January 1, 1931 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade's team defeated the Cougars 24–0 to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was John Campbell.[25] The 1930 Alabama football team tied with Notre Dame as national champions in the Davis Poll.[5]
  • 1934 — The 1934 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford in the January 1, 1935 Rose Bowl. Coach Thomas' team defeated the Indians 29–13 to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Millard "Dixie" Howell.[25] The 1934 Alabama football team was selected national champion by Dunkel, Williamson, and Football Thesaurus.[5] The University of Alabama honored Ben McLeod, Jr., the 95-year–old former backup End of the 1934 team at the September 6, 2008 Alabama–Tulane game.[26]
  • 1941 — The 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 8–2–0. Alabama's squad finished 3rd in the Southeastern Conference.[27] After losing to Mississippi State 14-0 and Vanderbilt,[25] 7–0, Alabama finished the regular season ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll.[28] This title is disputed by the program's rivals[who?][citation needed] because of the ranking; however, the onset of World War II changed the college football postseason.[29] Alabama was one of 10 teams chosen for post-season competition when they were invited to play Texas A&M in the January 1, 1942 Cotton Bowl Classic. Coach Thomas' team defeated the Aggies 29–21 to finish the season 9–2–0. Minnesota, the AP national champion, finished 8–0 and did not play in a bowl game per Big 10 rules. The outstanding players of the game were Holt Rast, Don Whitmire, and Jimmy Nelson.[25] The squad was selected national champions by the Houlgate Poll, published in the nationally syndicated Football Thesaurus.[5] The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Texas Longhorns, and the Alabama Crimson Tide as the three teams selected as national champions in 1941.[6] The Tuscaloosa News described the 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide as the university's best team since the 1934 Rose Bowl Championship Team.[29] The September 11, 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated lists Alabama's 1941 squad as national champion based on Alabama's strength of schedule relative to Minnesota's; and due to the fact that the AP Poll was finalized with two games left in the regular season.[30]
  • 1961 — The 1961 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Led by quarterback Pat Trammell, linebacker Lee Roy Jordan and two–way lineman Billy Neighbors, Alabama outscored their opponents 297–25. Alabama was then invited to play the #9–ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the January 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Razorbacks 10–3 to finish the season 11–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Mike Fracchia.[25] The 1961 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll.[5]
  • 1964 — The 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was led by quarterback Joe Namath. Alabama was then invited to play the Texas Longhorns in the January 1, 1965 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant's team lost to the Longhorns 21–17 to finish the season 10–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was Joe Namath.[25] The 1964 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll prior to bowl games.[5] The AP Poll waited until after the bowl games to select their champion for the 1965 season.
  • 1965 — The 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 8–1–1, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide lost to Georgia and tied Tennessee during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play Nebraska in the January 1, 1966 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Cornhuskers 39–28 to finish the season 9–1–1. The outstanding player of the game was Steve Sloan.[25] The 1965 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll.[5]
  • 1973 — The 1973 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Notre Dame in the December 31, 1973 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team lost to the Fighting Irish 24–23 to finish the season 11–1–0. The 1973 Alabama football team was selected national champion in the final regular season Coaches' Poll, which was finalized prior to the post-season bowl games.[5] The Coaches' Poll began selecting their champion after the bowl games starting in 1974. The post-bowl game AP Poll ranked Alabama 4th, and selected Notre Dame as its national champion.[31]
  • 1978 — The 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–1–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide defeated #10–ranked Nebraska 20–3, and defeated #11–ranked Missouri 38–20, and lost to #7-ranked Southern California 24–14, during the regular season.[32] The #2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide was then invited to play the #1–ranked Penn State in the January 1, 1979 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Nittany Lions 14–7 to finish the season 11–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was linebacker Barry Krauss.[25] Alabama was selected national champion by the AP Poll,[5] and Southern California was selected national champion by the Coaches' Poll.[32]
  • 1979 — The 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern Conference championship. The Tide defeated #18–ranked Tennessee 27–17, and defeated #14–ranked Auburn 25–18 during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play #6–ranked Arkansas in the January 1, 1980 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant's team defeated the Razorbacks 24–9 to finish the season 12–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was running back Major Ogilvie.[25] The 1979 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[5]
  • 1992 — The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Gene Stallings, completed the regular season 11–0–0. They then defeated #12–ranked Florida in the inaugural SEC Championship Game, defeating the Gators 28–21; the win gave Alabama its 20th SEC title and a record of 12–0–0. Alabama was then invited to play #1–ranked Miami, led by Heisman trophy winner Gino Torretta, in the January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl. Coach Stallings' team defeated the Hurricanes 34–13 to finish the season 13–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Derrick Lassic.[25] The 1992 Alabama football team was awarded the national championship by the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[5]
President Obama receives an Alabama jersey at the White House with various team members and coaches present.
The Crimson Tide meeting with President Barack Obama after winning the 2009 national championship
  • 2009 — The 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished with a 12–0 regular season. In the 12 wins, the Crimson Tide defeated four teams that were ranked at the time, including an opening day victory over No. 7 Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The team headed back to the Georgia Dome in December to face off against #1 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide defeated the Gators 32–13 in a rematch of the previous year's championship.[33] Alabama then traveled to Pasadena to face #2-ranked Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. Alabama's Heisman Trophy-winning running back, Mark Ingram, rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 37–21 win.[34] This was Alabama's first victory over Texas (1–7–1). Ingram was named the game's offensive MVP in Alabama's first BCS victory. The 2009 Alabama football team was selected national champion by the AP and Coaches' Polls. The 2009 squad became the first FBS division team to defeat six teams ranked in the AP top 25 during one season and received a record six first team AP All-America selections. The 2009 team finished with a perfect 14–0 record, an all-time highest number of wins in a season for Alabama.
  • 2011 — The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was to LSU in overtime 9–6.[35] The team did not play in the SEC Championship Game because of that loss, but won convincingly in its final three regular-season games and earned a No. 2 ranking in the BCS poll.[36] For their final regular season game, Alabama defeated rival Auburn 42-14.[37] Alabama, led by Heisman trophy finalist Trent Richardson, then qualified to play No. 1 ranked LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.[36] Coach Saban's team defeated the Tigers 21–0 and finished the season 12–1.[38] Jeremy Shelley had a bowl record-tying five field goals in the game, and the game's offensive MVP was A.J. McCarron, and the defensive MVP was Courtney Upshaw.[38] With the win, Alabama became the first team to shutout its opponent in a BCS bowl game.[38] In addition to winning the BCS National Championship, the AP also awarded its national title to Alabama for the 8th time.[39]
  • 2012 — The 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was against Texas A&M 29–24.[40] Despite the loss, Alabama won the SEC Western division and went to the 2012 SEC Championship Game, where they defeated Georgia 32–28 for the 23rd conference championship in school history.[41] Alabama earned a No. 2 ranking in the final BCS rankings for the second straight year and as a result qualified for the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against No. 1 Notre Dame.[42] Alabama defeated the Fighting Irish 42–14, finished the season 13–1, and the game's offensive MVP was Eddie Lacy, and the defensive MVP was C.J. Mosley.[43] Alabama became the third team in history to win three national championships in a four-year period. This was Alabama's 9th AP national championship and 10th wire-service championship.[43]
  • 2015 — The 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11–1. Their only loss was to Ole Miss 43–37. They won the SEC Western Division title with a record of 7–1, defeating rivals LSU and Tennessee en route, and then defeated Florida 29–15 in the SEC Championship. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. After falling short in the semifinals against Ohio State in 2014, Alabama defeated the Michigan State Spartans 38–0 in the Cotton Bowl to advance to the Championship Game. Alabama beat the Clemson Tigers 45–40 and won the 2015 FBS national championship. Alabama's Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry rushed for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns. This victory gave Coach Nick Saban his fifth national title, including four in the last seven seasons.

Conference championships[edit]

Alabama has won a total of 30 conference championships; this includes 4 Southern Conference and 26 SEC Championships. Alabama captured its 4 Southern Conference titles in 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1930. Alabama captured the first SEC title in 1933 and has won a total of 26 SEC Championships (1933, 1934, 1937, 1945, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). The school has won more SEC football titles than any other school, including seven since the conference split into separate divisions and added the Championship Game in 1992. Alabama is the only SEC school to win an SEC Championship in every decade since the conference was founded in 1933.

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1924 Southern Wallace Wade 8–1 5–0
1925dagger Southern Wallace Wade 10–0 7–0
1926 Southern Wallace Wade 9–0–1 8–0
1930dagger Southern Wallace Wade 10–0 8–0
1933 SEC Frank Thomas 7–1–1 5–0–1
1934dagger SEC Frank Thomas 10–0 7–0
1937 SEC Frank Thomas 9–1 6–0
1945 SEC Frank Thomas 10–0 6–0
1953 SEC Harold Drew 6–3–3 4–0–3
1961dagger SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–0 7–0
1964 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 10–1 8–0
1965 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 9–1–1 6–1–1
1966dagger SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–0 6–0
1971 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 7–0
1972 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 10–2 7–1
1973 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 8–0
1974 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 6–0
1975 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 6–0
1977 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 7–0
1978 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–1 6–0
1979 SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 12–0 6–0
1981dagger SEC Paul "Bear" Bryant 9–2–1 7–0
1989dagger SEC Bill Curry 10–2 6–1
1992 SEC Gene Stallings 13–0 8–0
1999 SEC Mike DuBose 10–3 7–1
2009 SEC Nick Saban 14–0 8–0
2012 SEC Nick Saban 13–1 7–1
2014 SEC Nick Saban 12–2 7–1
2015 SEC Nick Saban 14–1 7–1
2016 SEC Nick Saban 13-0 8-0
Conference Championships 26 SEC, 4 SoCon
dagger Denotes co-champions

Divisional Championships[edit]

The SEC has been split into two divisions since the 1992 season. Alabama competes in the SEC West. Alabama has won or shared 12 division titles, and has posted a 7-4 record in the SEC Championship Game as of 2016.

Season Division SEC CG Result Opponent PF PA
1992 SEC West W Florida 28 21
1993 SEC West L Florida 13 28
1994 SEC West L Florida 23 24
1996 SEC West L Florida 30 45
1999 SEC West W Florida 34 7
2008 SEC West L Florida 20 31
2009 SEC West W Florida 32 13
2012 SEC West W Georgia 32 28
2013 SEC West - N/A - -
2014 SEC West W Missouri 42 13
2015 SEC West W Florida 29 15
2016 SEC West W Florida 54 16
Division Championships 12
† Denotes co-champions

Individual accomplishments[edit]

First team All-Americans[edit]

Terrence Cody was named an All-American for both 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Every year, several publications release lists of their ideal "team". The athletes on these lists are referred to as All-Americans. The NCAA recognizes five All-American lists. They are the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). Alabama has had 115 players honored 134 times as first team All-Americans (59 consensus)[44][45] in its history, including 13 players honored twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times.[46]

The most recent All-Americans from Alabama came after the 2015 season, when Derrick Henry, Ryan Kelly, A'Shawn Robinson and Reggie Ragland were each named First Team All-America by various selectors.[47]

College Football Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Indiana. Since then, Alabama has had 21 players and 4 former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.[48][49] Alabama had two members inducted into the inaugural 1951 class—Don Hutson and Frank Thomas.[50]

Name Time at Alabama Position Year Inducted
Cornelius Bennett 1983–86 LB 2005
Johnny Mack Brown 1923–25 HB 1957
Paul Bryant 1958–82 Head coach 1986
Johnny Cain 1930–32 FB 1973
Harry Gilmer 1944–47 QB, DB 1993
John Hannah 1970–72 OG 1999
Frank Howard 1928–30 OG 1989
Dixie Howell 1932–34 HB 1970
Pooley Hubert 1922–25 QB 1964
Don Hutson 1932–34 E 1951
Lee Roy Jordan 1960–62 LB 1983
Woodrow Lowe 1972–75 LB 2009
Name Time at Alabama Position Year Inducted
Vaughn Mancha 1944–47 C 1990
Johnny Musso 1969–71 HB 2000
Billy Neighbors 1959–61 T 2003
Ozzie Newsome 1974–77 SE 1994
Fred Sington 1928–30 T 1955
Riley Smith 1934–35 QB 1985
Gene Stallings 1990–96 Head coach 2010
Derrick Thomas 1985–88 LB 2014
Frank Thomas 1931–46 Head coach 1951
Wallace Wade 1923–30 Head coach 1955
Don Whitmire 1941–42 T 1956
Marty Lyons 1975–78 DT 2012

Award winners[edit]

Heisman Trophy[edit]

On December 12, 2009, Mark Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner.[8] In the closest race ever, he edged out Stanford running back Toby Gerhart by 28 points.[8] The previous best finish for an Alabama player occurred in 1993, when David Palmer finished 3rd in the Heisman voting.[51][52] AJ McCarron finished as runner-up for the 2013 season.[53] Derrick Henry became Alabama's second Heisman trophy winner on December 12, 2015.[54]

Top 5 finishes for Alabama players:

Year Name Position Finish
1937 Joe Kilgrow RB 5th
1945 Harry Gilmer RB 5th
1947 Harry Gilmer RB 5th
1961 Pat Trammell QB 5th
1962 Lee Roy Jordan LB 4th
1971 Johnny Musso RB 5th
1972 Terry Davis QB 5th
1993 David Palmer WR 3rd
1994 Jay Barker QB 5th
2009 Mark Ingram RB 1st
2011 Trent Richardson RB 3rd
2013 AJ McCarron QB 2nd
2014 Amari Cooper WR 3rd
2015 Derrick Henry RB 1st

SEC Legends[edit]

Main article: SEC Football Legends

Starting in 1994, the Southeastern Conference has annually honored one former football player from each of the SEC member schools as an "SEC Legend". The following former Crimson Tide football players have been honored as SEC Legends.

Rivalries[edit]

Auburn[edit]

Main article: Iron Bowl
Alabama on offense against the Tigers in 2010

The main rivalry of the Crimson Tide is against its in-state rival, Auburn University. The rivalry is considered to be one of the best and most hard-fought rivalries in all of sports. The Alabama-Auburn game has come to be known as the Iron Bowl.[55][56] The outcome of the game generally determines "bragging rights" in the state of Alabama until the following contest. Due to the intensity of the rivalry, many families, marriages, and other groups are split over their respective teams. The game may also have implications as to which team will represent the SEC Western Division in the SEC Championship Game.

On February 22, 1893, at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Auburn was victorious in the first ever Iron Bowl, 32–22. The series was suspended after the 1907 contest, due to violence and financial complications.[57] In 1944, Auburn suggested to reopen the series, though the Board of Trustees at Alabama rejected. The series was resumed in 1948, with Alabama crushing the Tigers 55–0, which is still the largest margin of victory in the series.[58][59] In the following contest, Auburn shocked Alabama with a 14–13 victory, which is credited with helping revive the series.[60]

For many years, the contest was held at Legion Field in Birmingham, before the teams began alternating between Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, and Jordan–Hare Stadium, in Auburn. Alabama currently leads the series at 45-35–1.[61] Alabama won the recent 2016 meeting 30-12.

Tennessee[edit]

Alabama on offense versus Tennessee in Tuscaloosa during the 2009 season

Despite the heated in-state rivalry with Auburn, Bear Bryant was more adamant about defeating his rivals to the north, the Tennessee Volunteers.[62] The series is named the Third Saturday in October, the traditional calendar date on which the game was played. Despite the name, the game has only been played on the third Saturday five times between 1995–2007. The first game between the two sides was played in 1901 in Birmingham, ending in a 6–6 tie. From 1902 to 1913, Alabama dominated the series, only losing once, and never allowing a touchdown by the Volunteers. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was first played on its traditional date and began to be a challenge for the Tide as Robert Neyland began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings.[63] In the 1950s, Jim Goostree, the head trainer for Alabama, began another tradition as he began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers.[64]

Between 1971–1981, Alabama held an eleven-game winning streak over the Volunteers and, between 1986–1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama's streak, Tennessee responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995–2001. Alabama has won the last ten meetings from 2007–2016. Alabama won the most recent meeting 49-10 in Knoxville, and leads the series 53-38–7.[61]

LSU[edit]

A rivalry within the SEC Western Division occurs yearly between Alabama and the LSU Tigers. Starting in 1895, the Tigers were victorious 12–6 in the first meeting.[61] The teams did not regularly meet until the mid-1960s during Alabama's dominance of the SEC. Between 1971–1981, the Crimson Tide won 11 consecutive times. In the 1969 game, LSU defeated Alabama 20–15 in Baton Rouge. Alabama did not lose again in Baton Rouge until 2000.

In 2007, the meeting was more heated following Alabama's hiring of head coach Nick Saban, who previously coached at LSU. With the hiring, many media outlets dubbed the 2007 meeting as the "Saban Bowl".[65][66][67] The Crimson Tide lost the first "Saban Bowl" in 2007, won the 2008 and 2009 meetings only to lose in Baton Rouge in 2010.

In 2011, the teams played as the consensus No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in the polls with LSU winning 9–6 in overtime. They played each other again for the BCS National Championship with Alabama winning 21–0 to secure its 14th National Championship. Alabama won the most recent meeting 10-0 in Baton Rouge. Alabama leads the head-to-head series 51-25–5.[61]

All-time record vs. current SEC teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current SEC opponents as of the completion of the 2016 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting
Arkansas 20 7 0 .714 Won 10 1962
Auburn 45 35 1 .551 Won 3 1893
Florida 26 14 0 .650 Won 6 1916
Georgia 38 25 4 .597 Won 3 1895
Kentucky 37 2 1 .938 Won 6 1917
LSU 51 25 5 .656 Won 6 1895
Mississippi State 79 18 3 .805 Won 9 1896
Missouri 3 2 0 .600 Won 3 1968
Ole Miss 48 11 2 .803 Won 1 1894
South Carolina 10 4 0 .714 Lost 1 1937
Tennessee 53 38 7 .577 Won 10 1901
Texas A&M 7 2 0 .778 Won 4 1942
Vanderbilt 58 19 4 .741 Won 21 1903
Totals 424 195 27 .676

Bowl games[edit]

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl games Alabama competed in. For the full Alabama bowl game history, see List of Alabama Crimson Tide bowl games.

Season Bowl Game Winner Loser
2008 Sugar Bowl Utah 31 Alabama 17
2009 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 37 Texas 21
2010 Capital One Bowl Alabama 49 Michigan State 7
2011 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 21 LSU 0
2012 BCS National Championship Game Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14
2013 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 45 Alabama 31
2014 Sugar Bowl Ohio State 42 Alabama 35
2015 Cotton Bowl Alabama 38 Michigan State 0
CFP National Championship Alabama 45 Clemson 40
2016 Peach Bowl Alabama Washington

Overall bowl record: 37–24–3 (64 games)

Alabama and the NFL[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Eight former Alabama football players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the fourth most among all colleges.

Alabama players currently in the NFL[edit]

Alumni Tracker – Alabama

Coaching staff[edit]

Coach Saban smiles at practice in a gray vest and hat.
Nick Saban has served as Alabama's head coach since the 2007 season.
Name Position Consecutive season at
Alabama in current position
Nick Saban Head coach 10th
Burton Burns Associate Head Coach, Running Backs 10th
Lane Kiffin Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 3rd
Karl Dunbar Defensive Line 1st
Jeremy Pruitt Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers 1st
Mario Cristobal Offensive Tackles and Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator 4th
Billy Napier Wide Receivers 3rd
Tosh Lupoi Outside Linebackers 2nd
Derrick Ansley Defensive Backs 1st
Brent Key Interior OL and Special Teams 1st
Scott Cochran Strength and Conditioning 10th
Reference:[69]

Media[edit]

During the football season, the Crimson Tide Sports Network broadcasts multiple shows on gameday for most sports. The network includes more than sixty radio stations across the country. Radio stations WFFN-FM, WTSK-AM as a backup, broadcast all home games in the Tuscaloosa area.[70]

Football radio broadcasts begin three hours prior to the game's designated kickoff time with Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts in Around the SEC.[71] The radio broadcast then moves to the Crimson Tide Tailgate Party hosted by Tom Roberts.[71] Immediately following the end of the game, the Fifth Quarter Show begins as host Eli Gold talks to coaches and players and gives game statistics.[71] For the 2008 season, former Alabama players and personalities were brought on to provide guest commentary for each broadcast.[72]

Eli Gold has done play-by-play work for Alabama football since 1988.

Current radio staff:[73][74]

  • Eli Gold – play-by-play
  • Phil Savage – color analyst
  • Chris Stewart – sideline reporter, pre- and post-game show host
  • Tyler Watts – pre- and post-game show co-host
  • Tom Roberts – director of broadcasting
  • Tom Stipe, Butch Owens, Brian Roberts – producers

Stewart and Watts also provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively for CTSN pay-per-view television broadcasts.

Former radio staff:

  • Bert Bank, founder of the Alabama Football Network, producer emeritus
  • John Forney, play-by-play
  • Jerry Duncan, sideline reporter
  • Paul Kennedy, play-by-play
  • Doug Layton, color analyst
  • Ken Stabler, color analyst[75][76]

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division conference opponents[edit]

Alabama plays Tennessee as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools.[77]

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee
vs Kentucky at Vanderbilt vs Missouri at South Carolina vs Georgia at Florida vs Vanderbilt at Kentucky vs South Carolina at Missouri

Non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of June 23, 2016

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
vs USC**[78] vs Florida State vs Louisville vs Georgia State vs Mercer
vs Western Kentucky vs Colorado State vs Arkansas State
vs Kent State vs Fresno State vs The Citadel
vs Chattanooga vs Mercer

Source:[79]

** The 2016 game against USC will be part of the Cowboys Classic held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1995, the NCAA forfeited Alabama's 8 regular season victories and 1 tie from the 1993 season.[80]
  2. ^ In 2009, the NCAA vacated 21 victories, including the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic, from the 2005–2007 seasons.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Barnhart, Tony; Keith Jackson (2000). Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion, and Glory of the Great Southern Game. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-093-8. 
  • Davis, Terry (1999). Roll Tide: The Alabama Crimson Tide Story. Creative Education. ISBN 0-88682-975-5. 
  • Forney, John (1993). Talk of the Tide: an oral history of Alabama football since 1920. Crane Hill Publishers. ISBN 1-881548-03-1. 
  • Gold, Eli (2005). Crimson Nation. Thomas Nelson Incorporated. ISBN 1-4016-0190-1. 
  • Groom, Winston (2000). The Crimson Tide – An Illustrated History. The University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0-8173-1051-7. 
  • Langford, George (1974). The Crimson Tide: Alabama Football. H. Regnery Co. ISBN 0-8092-8363-8. 
  • Sharpe, Wilton (2007). Crimson Tide Madness: Great Eras in Alabama Football. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 1-58182-580-3. 
  • Townsend, Steve (2003). Tales from 1978–79 Alabama Football: A Time of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-425-3. 
  • Walsh, Christopher J. (2005). Crimson Storm Surge: Alabama Football Then and Now. Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 1-58979-279-3. 
  • Wells, Lawrence (2000). Football Powers of the South. Sports Yearbook Company. ISBN 0-916242-27-7. 
  • Athlon Sports; Mike Shula (2006). Alabama Football: The Greatest Games, Players, Coaches, and Teams in the Glorious Tradition of Crimson Tide Football. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-880-0. 
  • The Tuscaloosa News; Mike Bynum, Associated Press (2003). Greatest Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History. Distributors. ISBN 1-928846-65-3. 

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