|1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
SEC Western Division co-champion
Outback Bowl champion
|Record||10–3 (6–2 SEC)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Dubose|
|Defensive coordinator||Woody McCorvey|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium|
|1996 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Florida x$||8||–||0||12||–||1|
|No. 9 Tennessee||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|No. 11 Alabama xy||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 12 LSU x||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|No. 24 Auburn||4||–||4||8||–||4|
|Championship: Florida 45, Alabama 30|
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.
|August 31||2:00 p.m.||Bowling Green*||No. 13||PPV||W 21–7||76,878|||
|September 7||11:30 a.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 14||JPS||W 20–10||82,338|||
|September 14||5:00 p.m.||Vanderbilt||No. 13||ESPN2||W 36–26||70,123|||
|September 21||11:30 a.m.||at Arkansas||No. 13||JPS||W 17–7||54,827|||
|October 5||1:00 p.m.||Kentucky||No. 13||PPV||W 35–7||70,123|||
|October 12||2:30 p.m.||at NC State*||No. 8||ABC||W 24–19||50,750|||
|October 19||5:00 p.m.||Ole Miss||No. 7||ESPN2||W 37–0||70,123|||
|October 26||2:30 p.m.||at No. 6 Tennessee||No. 7||CBS||L 13–20||106,700|||
|November 9||6:30 p.m.||at No. 11 LSU||No. 10||ESPN||W 26–0||80,290|||
|November 16||8:00 p.m.||at Mississippi State||No. 8||ESPN||L 16–17||40,050|||
|November 23||6:30 p.m.||Auburn||No. 15||ESPN||W 24–23||83,091|||
|December 7||8:00 p.m.||vs. No. 4 Florida||No. 11||ABC||L 30–45||74,132|||
|January 1, 1997||10:00 a.m.||vs. No. 15 Michigan*||No. 16||ESPN||W 17–14||53,161|||
|Name||Position||Consecutive seasons at Alabama|
|Gene Stallings||Head coach||7th|
|Woody McCorvey||Offensive coordinator||7th|
|Dabo Swinney||Wide receivers and Tight end coach||4th|
|Danny Pearman||Offensive Tackles coach/Special teams coordinator||6th|
|Jim Fuller||Offensive Line Coach||13th|
|Randy Ross||Quarterbacks coach/Recruiting Coordinator||7th|
|Ivy Williams||Running backs coach||3rd|
|Mike Dubose||Defensive coordinator/Defensive line||7th|
|Curley Hallman||Secondary coach||1st|
|Mickey Conn||Graduate Assistant||1st|
|Jeff Rouzie||Linebackers coach||6th|
See also: 1996 Bowling Green Falcons football team
|#13 Crimson Tide||7||7||7||0||21|
Alabama wins its sixth straight season opener over newly Division 1 opponent Bowling Green.
|#14 Crimson Tide||10||7||3||0||20|
Alabama would hold Southern Miss to 104 yards of offense to win for the sixth straight year over the Golden Eagles.
See also: 1996 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
|#13 Crimson Tide||3||12||21||0||36|
In the first home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for 1996, a shootout would unfold as the Crimson Tide would use a 21 point 3rd quarter to beat the Commodores.
See also: 1996 Arkansas Razorbacks football team
|#13 Crimson Tide||0||7||0||10||17|
A defensive struggle goes the Crimson Tide way as they avenge their loss of a year ago to Arkansas.
See also: 1996 Kentucky Wildcats football team
|#13 Crimson Tide||7||0||28||0||35|
Former Alabama coach Bill Curry returned to Tuscaloosa for the first time since leaving Alabama for Kentucky in 1989. Despite being heavy underdogs, Curry's Wildcats forced a 7-7 tie at halftime which brought a chorus of boos from the homecoming crowd. The Crimson Tide then would use a 28 point third quarter to beat Kentucky.
See also: 1996 NC State Wolfpack football team
|#8 Crimson Tide||7||0||7||10||24|
Despite giving up a season high 418 yards of offense, The Crimson Tide survived on the road to stay undefeated.
See also: 1996 Ole Miss Rebels football team
|#7 Crimson Tide||3||7||14||13||37|
The Crimson Tide put its most complete game together to date in 1996 to roll to a shutout win of Ole Miss.
|#7 Crimson Tide||0||3||10||0||13|
Tennessee used 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to beat Alabama for the second year in a row and for the first time in Knoxville since 1984.
See also: 1996 LSU Tigers football team
|#10 Crimson Tide||0||7||12||7||26|
For the second time in three weeks, Alabama defense would shut out its opponent. The Crimson tide offense went through one man Redshirt Freshman Shaun Alexander rushed for a School record 291 yards and all four Alabama touchdowns.
|#8 Crimson Tide||0||13||0||3||16|
For the first time since 1980, Alabama would lose to Mississippi State in one of the biggest upset of the Gene Stallings era.
After the game, head coach Gene Stallings announced his resignation effective at the end of the season.
|#11 Crimson Tide||7||7||14||2||30|
Alabama would be in its fourth SEC Championship game in five seasons and once again would face Florida, as they had the previous three meetings. The Gators would use nearly 500 yards of offense to win its fourth straight SEC title, a record that still holds to this day.
|#16 Crimson Tide||3||0||0||14||17|
Two 4th quarter touchdowns proved to be enough as Alabama would win its 10th game of the season and the 70th and final for Gene Stallings as head coach.