Alabama Crimson Tide football
2022 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama Athletics logo.svg
First season1892 (1892)
Athletic directorGreg Byrne
Head coachNick Saban
16th season, 178–25 (.877)
StadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(capacity: 101,821[1])
Year built1929
Field surfaceNatural grass
LocationTuscaloosa, Alabama
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern
Past conferencesSouthern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record942–333–43 (.731)
Bowl record45–27–3 (.620)
Playoff appearances7 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
Playoff record9-4
Claimed national titles18 (1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020)[2]
Unclaimed national titles5 (1945, 1966, 1975, 1977, 2016[3])
National finalist6
Conference titles33 (Southern: 4; SEC: 29)
Division titles16
RivalriesAuburn (rivalry)
Clemson (rivalry)
Florida (rivalry)
Georgia (rivalry)
LSU (rivalry)
Mississippi State (rivalry)
Ole Miss (rivalry)
Tennessee (rivalry)
Heisman winners4
Consensus All-Americans83
Current uniform
Alabama crimson football uniform.png
ColorsCrimson and white[4]
   
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).[5] The team's head coach is Nick Saban, who has led the Tide to six national championships over his tenure.[6] 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,[2][7][8] including 13 wire-service (AP or Coaches') national titles in the poll-era, and five other titles before the poll-era.[8][9][10] From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national titles with the program.[7] 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.[11] The Crimson Tide won back to back Heisman trophies in 2020 and 2021, with DeVonta Smith and Bryce Young.

Alabama has 942 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 33 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 29 SEC championships), and has made an NCAA-record 75 postseason bowl appearances. The program has 35 seasons with ten wins or more (plus one vacated)[12][13] and has 45[b] bowl victories, both NCAA records.[14] The Crimson Tide leads the SEC West Division with 16 division titles and 14 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.[15][16]

Alabama plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 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 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.[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,[17] Thomas,[18] Bryant,[19] and Stallings have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The head coach is Nick Saban, who was hired in January 2007.[20]

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."[8][21] 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."[22]

Since World War II, Alabama claims only 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, 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.[23] 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.[8][21]

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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[8][21]

In January 2013, CNN suggested that Alabama might be college football's new dynasty,[26] 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).[27]

National championship seasons

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1925 Wallace Wade Various[28][29] 10–0 W Rose Bowl
1926 9–0–1 T Rose Bowl
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
The Crimson Tide meeting with President Barack Obama after winning the 2009 national championship
The Crimson Tide meeting with President Barack Obama after winning the 2009 national championship

Conference championships

Alabama has won a total of 33 conference championships; this includes four Southern Conference and 29 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 29 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). The school has won more SEC football titles than any other school, including 10 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 Southern Wallace Wade 8–1 5–0
1925 10–0 7–0
1926 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

† Co-champions

Division championships

The SEC has been split into two divisions since the 1992 season. Alabama competes in the SEC West. Alabama has won or shared 16 division titles, and has posted an 10–4 record in the SEC Championship Game as of 2021.

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

† Co-champions

Personnel

Coaching staff

Alabama Crimson Tide
Name Position Consecutive season at Alabama in current position Previous position
Bill O'Brien Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks 2nd Houston Texans – Head coach (20142020)
Pete Golding Defensive coordinator / inside linebackers 5th UTSA – Defensive coordinator / cornerbacks (20162017)
Coleman Hutzler Special teams coordinator / outside linebackers 1st Ole Miss – Special teams coordinator (2021)
Holmon Wiggins Assistant head coach of offense / wide receivers 2nd Alabama – Wide receivers (20192020)
Robert Gillespie Running backs 2nd North Carolina – Running backs (20182020)
Charles Kelly Associate defensive coordinator / safeties 4th Tennessee – Special teams coordinator / safeties (2018)
Freddie Roach Defensive line 3rd Ole Miss – Defensive line (20172019)
Travaris Robinson Cornerbacks 1st Miami – Defensive backs (2021)
Eric Wolford Offensive line 1st Kentucky – Offensive line (2021)
Joe Cox Tight ends 1st Charlotte – Tight ends (2021)
David Ballou Director of strength & conditioning 3rd Indiana – Director of athletic performance (20182019)
Reference:[50]

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.
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 148 players honored 171 times as first team All-Americans (83 consensus)[51][52] in its history, including 19 players honored twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times as a First Team All-American.[53]

The most recent All-Americans from Alabama came after the 2021 season, when Will Anderson Jr., Evan Neal, Jameson Williams and Bryce Young 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.[54][55] Alabama had two members inducted into the inaugural 1951 class—Don Hutson[56] and Frank Thomas.[57]

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 became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner.[11] In the closest race ever, he edged out Stanford running back Toby Gerhart by 28 points.[11] Other notable finishes for an Alabama player occurred in 1993, when David Palmer finished third in the Heisman voting[58][59] and when A. J. McCarron finished as runner-up for the 2013 season.[60] Derrick Henry became Alabama's second Heisman trophy winner on December 12, 2015.[61] 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.[62]

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 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
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.[63][64] 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.[65] 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.[66][67] In the following contest, Auburn shocked Alabama with a 14–13 victory, which is credited with helping revive the series.[68]

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 24–22 in four OTs in Auburn, and leads the series at 48-37–1.[69]

Tennessee

Main article: Third Saturday in October

Alabama on offense versus Tennessee in Tuscaloosa during the 2009 season
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.[70] 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.[71] 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.[72]

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. Currently, Alabama has the longest winning streak at 15, dating back to 2007. Alabama won the most recent meeting 52–24 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 58-37-8.[73]

LSU

Main article: Alabama–LSU football rivalry

Alabama vs. LSU 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.[74] 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".[75][76][77] 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 20–14 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 55-26–5.[78]

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, 10-0 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 49–9 in Starkville and leads the series 84-18–3.[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 42–21 in Tuscaloosa, and leads the series 53–10–2.[80]

Georgia

Main article: Alabama–Georgia football rivalry

Alabama has a rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs. Alabama has 42 wins in the series while the Bulldogs have 26 wins. Georgia won the most recent meeting 33–18 in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship while Alabama leads the series 42–26–4.[81]

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.[82] 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).[83]

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.[84] Alabama leads the series 14–5.[85]

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.[86] Dodd cited this feud as the primary impetus for Georgia Tech leaving the SEC three years later.[87] 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."[88]

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.

Bear Bryant was 0–4 against Notre Dame while at Alabama. Both Alabama and Notre Dame hold over 900 total wins and they claim the most and second most national championships respectively. The most recent 2 meetings were in the 2013 BCS National Championship and the 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal game. Alabama won both meetings. Notre Dame leads the series 3–5.[89]

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 2020 season.[90]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Pct. Streak First meeting
Arkansas 25 7 0 .781 Won 15 1962
Auburn 48 37 1 .564 Won 2 1893
Florida 27 14 0 .659 Won 8 1916
Georgia 42 26 4 .611 Lost 1 1895
Kentucky 38 2 1 .939 Won 7 1917
LSU 55 26 5 .669 Won 2 1895
Mississippi State 84 18 3 .814 Won 14 1896
Missouri 5 2 0 .714 Won 5 1968
Ole Miss 53 9 2 .844 Won 6 1894
South Carolina 13 3 0 .813 Won 1 1937
Tennessee 58 37 8 .602 Won 15 1901
Texas A&M 11 3 0 .786 Lost 1 1942
Vanderbilt 62 18 4 .767 Won 22 1903
Totals 521 202 28 .712

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 45–27-3 (75 games) through the 2021 season.[91][92]

Season Bowl game Opponent Result
2012 BCS National Championship Game Notre Dame W 42–14
2013 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma L 31–45
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
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

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

Current radio staff:[97][98]

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

Former radio staff:

Future opponents

Non-division conference opponents

Alabama plays Tennessee as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools.[101]

2022 2023 2024 2025[c]
at Tennessee vs Tennessee at Tennessee vs Tennessee
vs Vanderbilt at Kentucky vs South Carolina at Missouri

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of April 26, 2020.[103]

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035
Utah State Texas Western Kentucky at Florida State at West Virginia West Virginia Ohio State at Notre Dame at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech at Oklahoma Oklahoma at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
at Texas at South Florida South Florida Louisiana−Monroe South Florida at Ohio State at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Notre Dame at Boston College Arizona at Arizona Boston College
Louisiana−Monroe at Wisconsin Wisconsin Florida State
Austin Peay

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.
  3. ^ On July 1, 2025 Texas and Oklahoma are scheduled to join the SEC. This will likely alter the 2025 SEC schedule for Alabama.[102]

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