Alabama Crimson Tide football
2024 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
First season1892 (1892)
Athletic directorGreg Byrne
Head coachKalen DeBoer
1st season,
StadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(capacity: 100,077[1])
Year built1929
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationTuscaloosa, Alabama
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern
Past conferencesSouthern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record965–337–43 (.733)
Bowl record46–28–3 (.617)
Playoff appearances8 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2023)
Playoff record9–5
Claimed national titles18 (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020)
Unclaimed national titles5 (1945, 1966, 1975, 1977, 2016)[2]
National finalist6 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
Conference titles34 (SEC: 30, SoCon: 4)
Division titles18 (SEC West: 18)
RivalriesAuburn (rivalry)
Clemson (rivalry)
Florida (rivalry)
Georgia (rivalry)
LSU (rivalry)
Mississippi State (rivalry)
Ole Miss (rivalry)
Penn State (rivalry)
Tennessee (rivalry)
Heisman winnersMark Ingram – 2009
Derrick Henry – 2015
DeVonta Smith – 2020
Bryce Young – 2021
Consensus All-Americans86
Current uniform
ColorsCrimson and white[3]
   
Fight songYea Alabama
MascotBig Al
Marching bandMillion Dollar Band
OutfitterNike
WebsiteRolltide.com

The Alabama Crimson Tide football program 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 led by Kalen DeBoer. The Crimson Tide is among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program claims 18 national championships,[5][6][7] including 13 wire-service (AP or Coaches') national titles in the poll-era, and five other titles before the poll-era.[7][8][9] From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national titles with the program.[6] Alabama then had a dominant run under head coach Nick Saban between 2007 and 2023, resulting in six further national titles.

It was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram II became the university's first winner. In 2015, Derrick Henry became the university's second Heisman winner.[10] The Crimson Tide won back to back Heisman trophies in 2020 and 2021, with DeVonta Smith and Bryce Young.

Alabama has 965 official victories[a][b] in NCAA Division I (an additional 21 victories were vacated, and eight victories and one tie were forfeited). Alabama has won 34 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 30 SEC championships), and has made an NCAA-record 77 postseason bowl appearances. The program has 36 seasons with ten wins or more (plus one vacated)[11][12] and has 46[b] bowl victories, both NCAA records.[13] The Crimson Tide lead the SEC West Division with 18 division titles and 15 appearances in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama holds a winning record against every current and former SEC school. The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama fourth in all-time final AP Poll appearances, with 59 through the 2021 season.[14][15]

Alabama plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With a capacity of 100,077,[1] Bryant–Denny is the 10th largest non-racing stadium in the world and the eighth largest stadium in the United States.

History

Main article: History of Alabama Crimson Tide football

See also: List of Alabama Crimson Tide football seasons

Head coaching history

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide head football coaches

Alabama has had 28 head coaches since organized football began in 1892. Adopting the nickname "Crimson Tide" after the 1907 season, 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.[5] 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.[5]

Of the 27 different head coaches who have led the Crimson Tide, Wade,[16] Thomas,[17] Bryant,[18] and Stallings have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach is Kalen DeBoer, who took over the position in 2024 following the retirement of long-time head coach Nick Saban following the 2023 season.[19][20][21]

National championships

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 "major selectors."[7][22] 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."[23]

Since World War II, Alabama claims only national championships awarded by the final AP Poll or the final Coaches' Poll.[citation needed] This policy is consistent with other FBS football programs with numerous national title claims,[citation needed] including Notre Dame, USC, and Oklahoma, except that in the pre-1936 era, unlike Alabama, there are major selectors' titles that these schools do not claim. 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.[24] 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.[7][22]

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.[25] Four of the five championships claimed in the Media Guide come before the AP poll was introduced in 1936. Many schools claim national championships from pre-1936 because there was no contemporary or nationally recognized authoritative source before that year.

The University of Alabama 2009 Official Football Media Guide says Alabama had 12 national championships prior to winning the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.[26] The 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2020 titles bring the total number of national championships claimed by Alabama to 18. Thirteen of Alabama's national championships were awarded by the wire-services (AP, Coaches' Poll) or by winning the BCS National Championship Game.[7][22]

In January 2013, CNN suggested that Alabama might be college football's new dynasty,[27] 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).[28]

National championship seasons

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1925 Wallace Wade Various[29][30] 10–0 W Rose Bowl[31]
1926 9–0–1 T Rose Bowl[31]
1930 10–0 W Rose Bowl
1934 Frank Thomas 10–0 W Rose Bowl
1941 Deke Houlgate 9–2 W Cotton Bowl Classic
1961 Paul "Bear" Bryant AP, Coaches 11–0 W Sugar Bowl
1964 10–1 L Orange Bowl
1965 AP 9–1–1 W Orange Bowl
1973 Coaches 11–1 L Sugar Bowl
1978 AP 11–1 W Sugar Bowl
1979 AP, Coaches 12–0 W Sugar Bowl
1992 Gene Stallings 13–0 W Sugar Bowl (Bowl Coalition National Championship Game)
2009 Nick Saban AP, Coaches, BCS 14–0 W BCS National Championship Game
2011 12–1 W BCS National Championship Game
2012 13–1 W BCS National Championship Game
2015 AP, Coaches, CFP 14–1 W Cotton Bowl Classic
W College Football Playoff National Championship
2017 13–1 W Sugar Bowl
W College Football Playoff National Championship
2020 13–0 W Rose Bowl
W College Football Playoff National Championship
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

Conference championships

Alabama has won a total of 34 conference championships; this includes four Southern Conference and 30 SEC Championships. Alabama captured its four Southern Conference titles in 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1930. Alabama captured the first SEC title in 1933 and has won a total of 30 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, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2023). The school has won more SEC football titles than any other school, including 11 since the conference split into separate divisions and added the Championship Game in 1992. Alabama is the only school to win an SEC Championship in every decade since the conference was founded in 1933.

Season Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1924[31] Southern[31] Wallace Wade 8–1 5–0
1925[31] 10–0 7–0
1926[31] 9–0–1 8–0
1930 10–0 8–0
1933 SEC Frank Thomas 7–1–1 5–0–1
1934 10–0 7–0
1937 9–1 6–0
1945 10–0 6–0
1953 Harold Drew 6–3–3 4–0–3
1961 Paul "Bear" Bryant 11–0 7–0
1964 10–1 8–0
1965 9–1–1 6–1–1
1966 11–0 6–0
1971 11–1 7–0
1972 10–2 7–1
1973 11–1 8–0
1974 11–1 6–0
1975 11–1 6–0
1977 11–1 7–0
1978 11–1 6–0
1979 12–0 6–0
1981 9–2–1 7–0
1989 Bill Curry 10–2 6–1
1992 Gene Stallings 13–0 8–0
1999 Mike DuBose 10–3 7–1
2009 Nick Saban 14–0 8–0
2012 13–1 7–1
2014 12–2 7–1
2015 14–1 7–1
2016 14–1 8–0
2018 14–1 8–0
2020 13–0 10–0
2021 13–2 7–1
2023 12–2 8–0

† Co-champions

Division championships

The SEC was split into two divisions beginning in the 1992 season. Alabama competed in the SEC West. Alabama won 18 division titles and posted an 11–4 record in the SEC Championship Game as of 2023.

Season Division Opponent SEC CG result
1992 SEC West Florida W 28–21
1993 Florida L 13–28
1994 Florida L 23–24
1996 Florida L 30–45
1999 Florida W 34–7
2008 Florida L 20–31
2009 Florida W 32–13
2012 Georgia W 32–28
2013 N/A lost tiebreaker to Auburn
2014 Missouri W 42–13
2015 Florida W 29–15
2016 Florida W 54–16
2017 N/A lost tiebreaker to Auburn
2018 Georgia W 35–28
2020 Florida W 52–46
2021 Georgia W 41–24
2022 N/A lost tiebreaker to LSU
2023 Georgia W 27–24

† Co-champions

Individual accomplishments

Main article: Alabama Crimson Tide football statistical leaders

First team All-Americans

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide football All-Americans

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 149 players honored 173 times as first team All-Americans (84 consensus)[52][53] in its history, including 20 players honored twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times as a First Team All-American.[54]

The most recent All-Americans from Alabama came after the 2022 season, when Will Anderson Jr. and Brian Branch were each named First Team All-America by various selectors.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Hall of Fame

In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Indiana. Since then, Alabama has had 22 players and four former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame.[55][56] Alabama had two members inducted into the inaugural 1951 class—Don Hutson[57] and Frank Thomas.[58]

Name Time at Alabama Position Inducted
Cornelius Bennett 1983–1986 LB 2005
Johnny Mack Brown 1923–1925 HB 1957
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1958–1982 Head coach 1986
Johnny Cain 1930–1932 FB 1973
Sylvester Croom 1972–1974 C 2022
Harry Gilmer 1944–1947 QB, DB 1993
John Hannah 1970–1972 OG 1999
Frank Howard 1928–1930 OG 1989
Dixie Howell 1932–1934 HB 1970
Pooley Hubert 1922–1925 QB 1964
Don Hutson 1932–1934 E 1951
Lee Roy Jordan 1960–1962 LB 1983
E.J. Junior 1977–1980 DE 2020
Woodrow Lowe 1972–1975 LB 2009
Vaughn Mancha 1944–1947 C 1990
Johnny Musso 1969–1971 HB 2000
Billy Neighbors 1959–1961 T 2003
Ozzie Newsome 1974–1977 SE 1994
Fred Sington 1928–1930 T 1955
Riley Smith 1934–1935 QB 1985
Gene Stallings 1990–1996 Head coach 2010
Derrick Thomas 1985–1988 LB 2014
Frank Thomas 1931–1946 Head coach 1951
Wallace Wade 1923–1930 Head coach 1955
Don Whitmire 1941–1942 T 1956
Marty Lyons 1975–1978 DT 2012

Award winners

Overall

Positional

Other

Coaching

Heisman Trophy

On December 12, 2009, Mark Ingram II became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner.[10] In the closest race ever, he edged out Stanford running back Toby Gerhart by 28 points.[10] Other notable finishes for an Alabama player occurred in 1993, when David Palmer finished third in the Heisman voting[59][60] and when A. J. McCarron finished as runner-up for the 2013 season.[61] Derrick Henry became Alabama's second Heisman trophy winner on December 12, 2015.[62] Tua Tagovailoa finished runner-up for the 2018 season as well. For the 2020 season, Alabama became the second program in college football history to have three players finish in the top five. DeVonta Smith became Alabama's third Heisman winner with Mac Jones finishing third and Najee Harris fifth. In 2021, Bryce Young became the fourth winner with Will Anderson Jr. finishing fifth. With its fourth Heisman winner Alabama has produced the fifth most Heisman trophies of all time behind Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State and USC.[63]

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 II RB 1st
2011 Trent Richardson RB 3rd
2013 A. J. McCarron QB 2nd
2014 Amari Cooper WR 3rd
2015 Derrick Henry RB 1st
2018 Tua Tagovailoa QB 2nd
2020 DeVonta Smith WR 1st
Mac Jones QB 3rd
Najee Harris RB 5th
2021 Bryce Young QB 1st
Will Anderson Jr. LB 5th

SEC Legends

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

Auburn

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; considered one of the top sporting rivalries in the US. The Alabama-Auburn game has come to be known as the Iron Bowl.[64][65] The outcome of the game generally determines "bragging rights" in the state of Alabama until the following contest. 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.[66] 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.[67][68] In the following contest, Auburn shocked Alabama with a 14–13 victory, which is credited with helping revive the series.[69]

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 won the most recent meeting 27–24 at Auburn, and leads the series at 50–37–1.[70]

Tennessee

Main article: Third Saturday in October

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.[71] 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 been played on the third Saturday only five times between 1995 and 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, losing only 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 Crimson Tide as Robert Neyland began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings.[72] 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.[73]

Between 1971 and 1981, Alabama held an 11-game winning streak over the Volunteers and, between 1986 and 1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama's streak, Tennessee responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995 to 2001. Alabama holds the longest winning streak at 15 from 2007 to 2021. Alabama won the most recent meeting 34–20 in Tuscaloosa and leads the series 59–38–8.[74]

LSU

Main article: Alabama–LSU football rivalry

Alabama vs. LSU in 2011

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.[75] The teams did not regularly meet until the mid-1960s during Alabama's dominance of the SEC. Between 1971 and 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".[76][77][78] 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 42–28 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 56–27–5.[79]

Ole Miss

Main article: Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry

Alabama also maintains a rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels. Alabama won the most recent meeting 24–10 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 55–9–2.[80]

Mississippi State

Main article: Alabama–Mississippi State football rivalry

Alabama's most-played rival is Mississippi State. The rivalry has been called the "Battle for Highway 82", with the schools being only 90 miles apart. Many cite the 2014 meeting as the biggest game in the series where Alabama faced a #1 ranked, 9–0 Mississippi State team with Dak Prescott as its quarterback. Alabama won 25–20, which helped catapult them into the first College Football Playoff. Alabama won the most recent meeting 40–17 in Starkville and leads the series 86–18–3.[81]

Clemson

Main article: Alabama–Clemson football rivalry

The series dates back to 1900 but the rivalry has intensified in recent years, with the last four meetings having national championship implications.[82] Alabama leads the series 14–5.[83]

Florida

Main article: Alabama–Florida football rivalry

Alabama has a rivalry with the Florida Gators, which was largely developed with the start of the SEC Championship Game.[84] Alabama and Florida have met in 10 SEC Title Games (Alabama leads 6–4 in Title games), including the first 3 from 1992 to 1994. Alabama won the most recent meeting 31–29 in Gainesville, and leads the entire series 28–14 on the field (27–14 with the Alabama 2005 win vacated).[85]

Georgia

Main article: Alabama–Georgia football rivalry

Alabama has a rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama has 43 wins in the series while the Bulldogs have 26 wins. Alabama won the most recent meeting 27–24 in the 2023 SEC Championship Game and leads the series 43–26–4.[86]

Former rivalries

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were at one time considered Alabama's arch rival.[citation needed] During the suspension of the Iron Bowl between 1907 and 1948, Georgia Tech (then a member of the SEC) emerged as the most intense game on Alabama's schedule. The teams played many significant games, especially in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A heated feud developed between Bear Bryant and Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Dodd following a controversial hit in the 1961 game, a 10–0 Alabama victory.[87] Dodd cited this feud as the primary impetus for Georgia Tech leaving the SEC three years later.[88] The two teams have met 52 times, making Georgia Tech Alabama's most played among current non-conference opponents. Alabama leads the series 28–21–3; Georgia Tech won the last meeting in 1984. Alabama's fight song, "Yea Alabama", mentions Georgia Tech with the line "Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave."[89]

There have been many historic games between Alabama and Penn State. The two teams met five times during the tenure of Bear Bryant, including in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, which determined the national championship for the 1978 season. The games usually have national implications—seven of the 15 meetings between the two schools have featured both teams ranked in the top ten—and eight of the meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. The most recent game was in 2011, with Alabama winning 27–11. It was the final loss for long-time Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Alabama leads the series 10–5.

All-time record vs. current SEC teams

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current SEC opponents as of the completion of the 2023 season.[90]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First meeting
Arkansas 27 7 0 .794 Won 17 1962
Auburn 50 37 1 .574 Won 4 1893
Florida 27 14 0 .659 Won 8 1916
Georgia 43 26 4 .616 Won 1 1895
Kentucky 39 2 1 .940 Won 8 1917
LSU 56 27 5 .665 Won 1 1895
Mississippi State 86 18 3 .818 Won 16 1896
Missouri 5 2 0 .714 Won 5 1968
Ole Miss 55 9 2 .848 Won 8 1894
South Carolina 13 3 0 .813 Won 1 1937
Tennessee 59 38 8 .600 Won 1 1901
Texas A&M 13 3 0 .813 Won 2 1942
Vanderbilt 63 18 4 .765 Won 23 1903
Totals 536 204 28 .716

Bowl games

Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide bowl games

This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl seasons in which Alabama competed. Alabama has an overall bowl record of 46–28-3 (77 games) through the 2023 season.[91][92]

Season Bowl game Opponent Result
2014 Sugar Bowl Ohio State L 35–42
2015 Cotton Bowl Michigan State W 38–0
CFP National Championship Clemson W 45–40
2016 Peach Bowl Washington W 24–7
CFP National Championship Clemson L 31–35
2017 Sugar Bowl Clemson W 24–6
CFP National Championship Georgia W 26–23 OT
2018 Orange Bowl Oklahoma W 45–34
CFP National Championship Clemson L 16–44
2019 Citrus Bowl Michigan W 35–16
2020 Rose Bowl Notre Dame W 31–14
CFP National Championship Ohio State W 52–24
2021 Cotton Bowl Cincinnati W 27–6
CFP National Championship Georgia L 18–33
2022 Sugar Bowl Kansas State W 45–20
2023 Rose Bowl Michigan L 20–27 OT

Alabama and the NFL

See also: List of Alabama Crimson Tide in the NFL draft

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Eight former Alabama football players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the fourth most among all colleges.[93]

Inducted Player Seasons NFL Team(s) Years with NFL Team(s)
1963 Don Hutson 1932–1934 Green Bay Packers 1935–1945
1977 Bart Starr 1952–1955 Green Bay Packers 1956–1971
1985 Joe Namath 1962–1964 New York Jets 1965–1976
Los Angeles Rams 1977
1991 John Hannah 1970–1972 New England Patriots 1973–1985
1998 Dwight Stephenson 1977–1979 Miami Dolphins 1980–1987
1999 Ozzie Newsome 1974–1977 Cleveland Browns 1978–1990
2009 Derrick Thomas 1985–1988 Kansas City Chiefs 1989–1999
2016 Ken Stabler 1964–1967 Oakland Raiders 1970–1979
Houston Oilers 1980–1981
New Orleans Saints 1982–1984

Players in the National Football League

Media

During the football season, the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN) broadcasts multiple shows on gameday for most sports. The network includes more than 60 radio stations across the country. Radio stations WFFN-FM, WTSK-AM as a backup, broadcast all home games in the Tuscaloosa area.[94]

Football radio broadcasts begin three hours prior to the game's designated kickoff time with Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts in Around the SEC.[95] The radio broadcast then moves to the Crimson Tide Tailgate Party hosted by Tom Roberts.[95] 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.[95] For the 2008 season, former Alabama players and personalities were brought on to provide guest commentary for each broadcast.[96]

Eli Gold did play-by-play work for Alabama football from 1988 to 2023.

Current radio staff:[97][98]

Former radio staff:

Future opponents

Conference opponents

From 1992 to 2023, Alabama played in the West Division of the SEC and played each opponent in the division each year along with several teams from the East Division. The SEC will expand the conference to 16 teams and will eliminate its two divisions in 2024, causing a new scheduling format for the Crimson Tide to play against the other members of the conference.[101] Only the 2024 conference schedule was announced on June 14, 2023, while the conference still considers a new format for the future.[102]

2024 conference schedule

OpponentSiteResult
Auburn
Georgia
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (rivalry)
at LSU
Missouri
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
at Oklahoma
South Carolina
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
at Tennessee
at Vanderbilt

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of April 13, 2024.[103]

2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035
at Florida State at West Virginia West Virginia Ohio State at Notre Dame at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Arizona at Arizona at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Louisiana−Monroe South Florida at Ohio State UT Martin Oklahoma State Notre Dame at Boston College at Minnesota Minnesota Boston College
Wisconsin Florida State at Oklahoma State
Eastern Illinois

See also

Notes

  1. ^ In 1995, the NCAA forfeited Alabama eight regular season victories and one tie from the 1993 season.[104]
  2. ^ In 2009, the NCAA vacated 21 victories, including the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic, from the 2005–2007 seasons.

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