|Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban|
|Athletic director||Mal Moore (2007–2013)|
Bill Battle (2013–2017)
Greg Byrne (2017– )
|Head coach||Nick Saban |
15 season, 183–25 (.880)
|Bowl record||15–6 (.714)|
|Claimed national titles||6|
Alabama Crimson Tide football under Nick Saban covers the history of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program since Nick Saban was hired as head coach in 2007. Alabama plays as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and is a member of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tide plays its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Their overall official record under Saban is 178-25[a] (.877) (183–25 on the field), 21 bowl game appearances with 15 victories, nine SEC West titles, eight SEC championships, and six national championships. Since 2008, Saban's teams have spent part or all of each season ranked No. 1 in national polls.
On January 3, 2007, Nick Saban officially accepted the head coaching position with the Crimson Tide. In 2008, Saban led them to their first undefeated regular season since 92-93, but they lost the SEC Championship Game and the Sugar Bowl. In 2009, Saban led Alabama to a perfect 14–0 and its first BCS National Championship, as well as its first overall national championship since 1992. After a relatively disappointing 10–3 2010 season, Saban led the Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The 2013 team won its first eleven games but failed to capture a third consecutive national championship, losing the last two. Saban's 2014 team won the SEC West and SEC championships, then lost to Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff's semi-final round at the Sugar Bowl, finishing 12-2. Saban won his fourth national championship at Alabama in 2015 and his fifth at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017. In 2018, the team experienced many highs and lows, losing the National Championship Game to No.2 Clemson. Saban won his sixth national championship at Alabama and seventh of his career in 2020 by defeating Ohio State 52-24. The win gave Saban the most national titles of all time, breaking Paul Bear Bryant's previous record of six, at the same school.
Before Saban, Alabama had no Heisman Trophy winners, and many players whose competed at Alabama during Saban's tenure have also been recognized for their on-field accomplishments. Mark Ingram Jr. (2009), Derrick Henry (2015), DeVonta Smith (2020) and Bryce Young (2021) are Alabama's four Heisman Trophy winners, with Young taking 83% of voters. 71 players have been recognized as First Team All-Americans, 44 by consensus or unanimously. Additionally, 113 former Crimson Tide players have been drafted into the National Football League, 41 as first-round selections, under Coach Saban. The University of Alabama Crimson Tide football, under AD Greg Byrne, extended HC Nick Saban's contract until the 2028 season.
After four seasons as head coach in which he compiled an overall record of 26[b]–23 (.531) on November 26, 2006, Mike Shula was fired as head coach of the Crimson Tide. At the time of his firing, athletic director Mal Moore promoted defensive coordinator Joe Kines into the role of interim head coach for the Independence Bowl and that the search for a permanent replacement would begin immediately. At that time several current coaches were rumored to be in consideration for the position at Alabama, with Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and Saban of the Miami Dolphins thought to be the preferred candidates. On November 27, Saban publicly stated he had not been contacted by Alabama and that he had no interest in leaving the Dolphins to become the head coach of the Crimson Tide.
In early December, Moore made a preliminary offer to Saban's agent Jimmy Sexton to coach at Alabama for $5 million per season for seven years with a $7 million signing bonus. At that time Saban also stated he had not personally interviewed at Alabama and told his players that he was not leaving. After West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez turned down an offer to coach the Crimson Tide, speculation again focused on Saban. As the rumors persisted that he was prepared to take the Alabama job, on December 21 Saban stated "I guess I have to say it, I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" in an effort to stop the Alabama rumors. After the Dolphins season ended, it was speculated again that Alabama was to offer their head coaching position to Saban. On January 3, 2007, Saban officially resigned from the Dolphins and became the head coach of the Crimson Tide. At that time he signed an eight-year contract worth a guaranteed $32 million to coach Alabama.
Main article: 2007 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
After his hiring, Saban worked to hire his first staff and complete his first recruiting class with the Crimson Tide. His staff did not include any of Shula's former staff, and Kevin Steele was hired as defensive coordinator and Major Applewhite as offensive coordinator. On February 7, he landed his first recruiting class that was highly ranked by the major recruiting services in spite of having just over a month to complete it. Anticipation for his first season continued to build through his first spring practices, and reached its peak when an overflow crowd of 92,138 attended the A-Day spring game on April 21.
In Saban's debut as head coach, the Crimson Tide defeated Western Carolina for his first win at Alabama. They followed that victory with his first road win at Vanderbilt and his first win over a ranked opponent against No. 16 Arkansas for a 3–0 record to open the season. They entered the polls at the No. 16 position, but then lost in overtime at home against Georgia and in the River City Showdown at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to Florida State. Alabama rebounded with three consecutive wins over Houston on homecoming, at Ole Miss and at home over Tennessee.
Prior to their game against the Vols, Antoine Caldwell, Marlon Davis, Glen Coffee, Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers were suspended as a result of violating NCAA rules. The violation was a result of a failure in the distribution system of textbooks that was deemed to be an improper benefits as defined by the NCAA. After the NCAA reviewed the case, in June 2009 they determined all players who received the improper benefits to be retroactively ineligible. As part of their penalty, the NCAA forced Alabama to vacate football victories that dated back to the 2005 season through the first five games of the 2007 season.
After their victory over Tennessee, the Crimson Tide lost their four remaining regular season games. Against his former team LSU, the Crimson Tide lost to the eventual national champions in what was dubbed "the Saban Bowl". They followed that with a loss at Mississippi State and against Louisiana–Monroe in one of the bigger upsets of the 2007 season. After their sixth consecutive loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Alabama closed the season with a victory over Colorado in the Independence Bowl and finished the season with a winning record at 7-6 in Saban's first season.
Main article: 2008 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Looking to improve on their 7–6 record from the previous season, Alabama signed the top recruiting class as determined by a wide variety of selectors. The class featured many players who were later drafted into the NFL and formed the foundation for their championship run from 2009 through 2012. Players from the class included future first round draft picks Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Dont'a Hightower, and Mark Ingram. The Crimson Tide then completed spring practice with another large A-Day crowd before the season started later in the fall.
The Crimson Tide opened the season ranked No. 24, and they defeated No. 9 Clemson in the inaugural Chick-fil-A College Kickoff to open the season. They followed the victory with home wins over Tulane and WKU and won on the road over Arkansas before a much-hyped game at Georgia. Ranked No. 8 and playing against the No. 3 Bulldogs in what was deemed a "blackout" game by Georgia head coach Mark Richt, the Crimson Tide took a 31–0 halftime lead en route to a 41–30 upset victory. After their win, the Crimson Tide moved into the No. 2 ranking and then defeated Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arkansas State on homecoming to extend their record to 9–0.
After No. 1 Texas lost to Texas Tech, the Crimson Tide achieved their first regular season No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll since the 1980 season and their first ever No. 1 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking prior to their game at LSU. In what was Saban's first game at Tiger Stadium since he resigned as LSU's coach after their 2004 season, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 27–21 in overtime. The victory over LSU also allowed the Crimson Tide to clinch the SEC West Division championship, and earned a spot in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama then closed with wins over Mississippi State and Auburn, that ended their six-game losing streak in the Iron Bowl, and finished the regular season undefeated 12–0. Although favored, a two touchdown rally led by Florida's Tim Tebow in the fourth quarter resulted in the Crimson Tide failing to capture the SEC championship and instead of playing for a national championship, they accepted an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl. Against an undefeated Utah team, Alabama was upset 31–17 and finished the season with an overall record of 12–2.
Main article: 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Although they reached their first BCS game since the 1999 season, Alabama looked improve for the 2009 season after they closed 2008 on a two-game losing streak after a 12–0 start to the year. Again, the Crimson Tide secured one of the top ranked recruiting classes for the third consecutive season in February 2009. Just as in the previous year, the 2009 class included many players who played significant roles in their championship run. These players included first round NFL draft picks James Carpenter, Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson, D. J. Fluker, and Chance Warmack in addition to Eddie Lacy and A. J. McCarron. In the annual A-Day game, the Crimson team defeated the White team by a score of 14–7 before 84,050 fans at Bryant–Denny Stadium.
For the second year in a row, Alabama opened the season at Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Against Virginia Tech, the Crimson Tide trailed at halftime, but an 18-point rally in the fourth quarter gave Alabama the 34–24 win. After consecutive wins over non-conference Florida International and North Texas, the Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas 35–7 to open conference play at Bryant–Denny Stadium. Alabama next went on a two-game road trip, defeated both Kentucky and Ole Miss and extended their record to 6–0.
The Crimson Tide then returned home where they played South Carolina on homecoming. Against the Gamecocks, Mark Ingram had a career-high with 246 rushing yards and entered the Heisman Trophy conversation as he led Alabama to a 20–6 victory. In their next game, a pair of Terrence Cody blocked field goals, one of which came as time expired, preserved a 12–10 win over rival Tennessee. With a berth in the SEC Championship Game on the line, the Crimson Tide clinched the West division championship with a 24–15 victory LSU in their next game. Alabama then closed the season with wins over Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Auburn and completed their second consecutive, undefeated regular season.
In the SEC Championship Game, Alabama faced East division champion Florida for the second season in a row in a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup. With both the conference championship and a berth in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game on the line, the Crimson Tide defeated the Gators 32–13 and won the SEC for the first time since 1999. At the conclusion of the regular season, Mark Ingram won the first Heisman Trophy in Alabama history with the closest margin of victory in the history of the award over Toby Gerhart. The Crimson Tide then closed the season with a 37–21 victory over Texas to finish a perfect 14-0 and recorded their first national championship since the 1992 season and their 13th overall in the history of the program.
Main article: 2010 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
As the defending national champions, Alabama entered the 2010 season as the favorite to repeat and win their second national championship in as many years. After again signing a highly rated recruiting class, the Crimson Tide opened the season in the No. 1 position in the polls. Alabama then won their first five games over San Jose State, Penn State, Duke, Arkansas, and Florida and retained their unanimous No. 1 ranking. However, in their sixth game, the Crimson Tide lost their first regular season game since the 2007 season when they were upset at South Carolina 35–21.
They rebounded the next week with a 23–10 win over Ole Miss on homecoming and at Tennessee by a margin of 41–10 before their top ten matchup at LSU. Against the Tigers, a late Stevan Ridley touchdown run set up by a 23-yard DeAngelo Peterson run on a fourth-down play gave LSU the upset victory and effectively ended the opportunity for an Alabama repeat of the national championship. The Crimson Tide then defeated Mississippi State and Georgia State prior to their season finale against Auburn. With the No. 2 Tigers still in the national championship picture, Auburn overcame a 24–0 deficit and won 28–27 in what was the largest comeback in Iron Bowl history. Alabama then closed the season with a 49–7 victory over Michigan State, Saban's former two-time employer, in the Capital One Bowl and finished with an overall record of 10–3.
Main article: 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
After a disappointing 2010 season in which they opened the year as a national title favorite and ended with three losses, the Crimson Tide looked to regain their championship form for the 2011 campaign. After again signing one of the top recruiting classes in the country, and going through spring practice, tragedy struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, when an EF4 rated tornado devastated the city. The tornado resulted in the deaths of 43 people in the city, including the girlfriend of Crimson Tide long snapper Carson Tinker, and the team later would dedicate their season to both the victims and survivors of the storm.
The Crimson Tide opened the season with a 48–7 victory over Saban's alma mater, Kent State and then traveled to Beaver Stadium and defeated Penn State 27–11 in what would be Joe Paterno's final meeting vs. the Crimson Tide (he was fired November 9, 2011 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, then died January 22, 2012). After a 41–0 shutout over North Texas, Alabama opened conference play with a 38–14 victory over Arkansas. After they defeated Florida 38–10 at Gainesville, the Crimson Tide shutout Vanderbilt 34–0, and defeated both Ole Miss and Tennessee to set up a "Game of the Century" against LSU.
Against the Tigers, neither team scored a touchdown and LSU won by a final score of 9–6 in overtime. With the loss, Alabama dropped into the No. 3 BCS position prior to their game against Mississippi State. However, they regained the No. 2 ranking in all the polls after Oklahoma State was upset by Iowa State, and they defeated the Bulldogs at Starkville. Alabama then closed the regular season with wins over both Georgia Southern and Auburn and finished in second place in the West division behind LSU.
After the Tigers won the SEC Championship Game, a rematch against the Crimson Tide became the likely pairing for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Alabama qualified for the BCS National Championship Game after they received a final BCS score of .942, just slightly ahead of Oklahoma State's BCS score of .933. In their rematch against LSU at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the Crimson Tide shutout the SEC champion Tigers 21–0 and captured Alabama's second BCS championship and 14th overall national championship.
Main article: 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
After they captured their second national championship in three years, Alabama again signed one of the nation's top recruiting classes in February 2012. After they completed spring practice in April, the Crimson Tide entered the season with a No. 2 ranking and as a favorite to repeat as national champions. Alabama opened the season with a 41–14 victory over Michigan in the Cowboys Classic. After their win over the Wolverines, the Crimson Tide moved into the No. 1 ranking prior to their game against WKU that they won 35–0 in their home opener. The next week, Alabama posted their second consecutive shutout with their 52–0 win at Arkansas to open conference play. The Crimson Tide then returned to Tuscaloosa and defeated Florida Atlantic and Ole Miss prior to their first win over Missouri as conference foes at Faurot Field.
Next Alabama defeated rival Tennessee 44–13 at Neyland Stadium and followed that with a 38–7 win over then undefeated and No. 13 ranked Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide then defeated LSU at Tiger Stadium 21–17 when A. J. McCarron threw a screen pass to T. J. Yeldon that he took 28 yards for the game-winning touchdown within the final minute of play. However, the next week, Alabama suffered their only loss of the season when Texas A&M upset the Tide 29–24 in Tuscaloosa.
After their loss to the Aggies, Alabama dropped into the No. 4 ranking for their 49–0 win over Western Carolina. In the evening after their win over the Catamounts, Alabama moved back into the No. 2 position as a result of upset losses for both Kansas State and Oregon. Alabama then closed the regular season with a 49–0 win over Auburn and captured the SEC West division title to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. In the championship game, Alabama escaped with a 32–28 win after the Bulldogs were stopped inside the Crimson Tide's five-yard line as time expired and captured the SEC Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame. In the BCS Championship Game, the Tide defeated the Irish 42–14 and captured their third national championship in four years and the schools 15th overall football championship.
Main article: 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
As the two-time defending national champions, Alabama entered the 2013 season as the favorite to repeat and win their third consecutive national championship and their fourth in five years. After again signing a highly rated recruiting class, the Crimson Tide opened the season in the No. 1 position in the polls. Alabama then won their first eleven games and retained their unanimous No. 1 ranking throughout. The Crimson Tide opened the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta. After their first bye week Alabama traveled to Kyle Field where they defeated Texas A&M in a 49–42 shootout that saw the Aggies have the best offensive day against a Crimson Tide defense in the history of the program.
The defense responded after the A&M game and did not allow a touchdown over the next 14-quarters in victories over Colorado State, Ole Miss, Georgia State and Kentucky. After the touchdown-free streak ended, started a three-game homestand that saw Alabama shutout Arkansas and defeat both Tennessee and LSU in back-to-back rivalry games. They next defeated Mississippi State and Chattanooga that set up a top five matchup against Auburn.
In the Iron Bowl, Alabama kicker Adam Griffith attempted and missed a 57-yard field goal attempt as time expired in regulation. In what was since dubbed "The Kick Six", Chris Davis returned the missed field goal 109 yards (officially, 100 yards; unlike the NFL, the NCAA only counts return yardage from goal line to goal line) for the game-winning score with no time left on the clock to clinch a 34–28 Auburn victory. As the loss also cost the Crimson Tide an opportunity to play for both the SEC and national championships, they were selected to play in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. In the game, Alabama was defeated by Oklahoma 45–31 and closed the season with an overall record of 11–2.
Main article: 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama entered the 2014 season ranked #3 in the polls. The Crimson Tide rolled off four straight victories before losing to Ole Miss 17-23. Their loss to Ole Miss dropped them down to #7 in the rankings. However, Alabama rebounded by winning eight straight games, including victories against #14 LSU, #1 Mississippi State, and #15 Auburn in the Iron Bowl. They then defeated #14 Missouri in the SEC Championship 42–13 and earned a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, where they lost to the eventual national champion Ohio State 35-42.
Main article: 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama started the 2015 season with a win against 20th ranked Wisconsin. Alabama would start 2-0 but would lose their next game against Ole Miss 43-37. Following the loss the Crimson Tide would go in to win the next twelve games including the 2015 Cotton Bowl Playoff Semifinal 38-0 over Michigan State and winning the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship over undefeated Clemson 45-40 to claim Alabama's 16th National Championship and Saban's fourth national championship at the Capstone.
Main article: 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama entered the 2016 season ranked #1 in the polls. The reigning national champions began 2016 with a resounding 52-6 win over #9 USC in Arlington, Texas, led by true freshman quarterback, Jalen Hurts. In what was the first meeting between the Tide and the Trojans since 1985, Blake Barnett started the game, but was soon replaced by Hurts, who would then go on to be the starting QB for the season. Hurts was the first true freshman QB to start for the Crimson Tide since 1984. For the first time since 2009, Alabama would go undefeated all the way through the SEC Championship Game. Alabama crushed Florida 54–16 to win their third consecutive SEC Title. This made the Tide the first three-peat SEC Champion since the Florida Gators won four in a row from 1993–1996. It also marked the first three peat for Alabama since the late 1970s when Alabama won SEC Championships from 1977–1979. The Tide would once again go on to the Playoffs where they would defeat the Washington Huskies 24-7 in the Peach Bowl to advance to their second consecutive College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Tampa, Florida. In the first-ever national title game rematch, Alabama would fall to Clemson, 35-31. In the closing seconds of the game, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson found Hunter Renfrow for a two-yard touchdown pass to give Clemson the win and their first national championship since 1981. The loss ended Alabama's 26 game winning streak, the second-longest in program history. It marked the first time Nick Saban had ever lost in a national championship game.
Main article: 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama entered the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in the polls once again. The season began with the Tide defeating No. 3 Florida State 24–7 in the Chick Fila Kick off Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Alabama would then go on to win their next ten games, heading into the Iron Bowl undefeated and still ranked number 1. However, the regular season was not without its issues. The Tide lost several key defensive players to injury throughout the season. There were some impressive blow outs, but also some very close games against Texas A&M, LSU, and Mississippi State. With the SEC West on the line, the Tide would fall to Auburn, 26–14 in a game that saw the worst performance by an Alabama team since the Mike Shula era. However, the season was not over for the Tide by a long shot. Auburn would go on to the SEC Championship Game, where they would face Georgia in a rematch from earlier in the season. The Bulldogs would prevail the second time around, crushing the Tigers 28–7 and leading to discussion of whether a similar situation to 2011 would take place. When the rankings were released, the playoff selection committee tapped both Alabama and Georgia for the playoffs. Alabama was selected to face Clemson in the Sugar Bowl Playoff Semifinal. In a rematch of the previous season's College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Tide would prevail, blowing out Clemson 24–6. Georgia's 54–48 overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Playoff semifinal set up an all-SEC National Championship Game where the Tide would win its 17th national championship by defeating Georgia 26–23 in overtime. With Alabama trailing 13–0 at halftime, a change was made at quarterback with freshman Tua Tagovailoa replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa went 14 of 24 passing for 166 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver, DeVonta Smith in overtime. The 2017 national title was the sixth for head coach Nick Saban, and his fifth at the Capstone. This accomplishment tied coach Saban with iconic Alabama head coach, Paul W. Bryant, who also won six national titles in his storied career.
Main article: 2018 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama entered the 2018 season as the reigning national champions and ranked No. 1 in the nation once again. Alabama opened the season with a dominating win over Louisville, 51–14 in the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando, Florida. Tua Tagovailoa had won the starting QB job in the off season over two-year starter, Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa turned in several stellar performances as Alabama rolled to their 2nd undefeated regular season in three years. Alabama would score 50-plus points in eight of their games. Alabama also set three records during the season. They became the first ever SEC team to score 50-plus points in three consecutive games. Also, when Alabama shut out LSU 29–0 and Mississippi State 24–0, it marked the first time in history that an SEC team had shut out two consecutive conference opponents. As well, Alabama become the first team since Yale in 1888 to outscore each of their first twelve opponents by 20 or more points. Alabama avenged their only loss of the 2017 season with a decisive 31 point win over arch rival Auburn, 52–21 in Tuscaloosa. Tagovailoa completed 25 of 32 passes and threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns in the Tide's Iron Bowl win. He also had a TD himself, running one in early in the game, bringing the total to 6, an Iron Bowl record. The following week, Alabama would meet Georgia in the 2018 SEC Championship Game, a rematch of the 2017 CFP National Championship Game. In a mirror image of the previous season's National Championship Game, Alabama's backup QB (this time Jalen Hurts) came in and engineered a dramatic comeback. Tagovailoa had been injured in the fourth quarter, and it was Hurts who led Alabama to a 35–28 victory. This was the school's 27th SEC Championship and it sent Alabama to the playoffs once again where they would defeat the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl Playoff Semifinal, 45–34. The Cotton Bowl was the site of the other Playoff Semifinal, where Clemson would defeat Notre Dame 30–3 to set up a fourth consecutive Alabama-Clemson meeting in the postseason. This time, Clemson would win handily, routing Alabama 44–16 in the CFP National Championship Game in Santa Clara, California. It was the worst loss of the Saban era and the worst loss for the program since 2003, when LSU defeated Alabama 27–3.
Main article: 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama entered the 2019 season as the reigning SEC Champions and ranked number 2 in the nation behind reigning national champion Clemson. Alabama opened the season with a blowout win over Duke, 42-3 in the 2019 Chick Fila Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The season saw its share of misfortune. While Alabama was undefeated going into their game vs LSU in November, the season ending injuries had piled up, mainly on an already young and inexperienced defense. It turned out to be the worst defense in Nick Saban's career. QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain against Tennessee that required surgery and put him out of action for weeks. Backup QB Mac Jones took over and Alabama won the game 35-13, but the game was closer than the final score indicated. Jones would play the entire game the following week vs. Arkansas as Bama rolled to a 48-7 win. Tagovailoa returned for the game against LSU which saw the Tigers prevail over Bama 46-41. It was LSU's first win over Alabama since the 2011 regular season meeting between the teams. Although Alabama battled back in the game, they never had the lead. They trailed by 3 touchdowns at halftime. It was also their first home loss since 2015. The following week saw even more misfortune. Tua Tagovailoa, still recovering from the injury in the Tennessee game, suffered a dislocated hip against Mississippi State, but unlike before, he would not play again. This thrust Mac Jones into the starting role for the remainder of the season. Jones turned in a great performance the following week, albeit in a 66-3 win over FCS team, Western Carolina. Jones then had the task of playing in his first ever SEC road game against Auburn at Jordan Hare Stadium, a place where Alabama had not fared well in recent years. While Jones had a great game, Auburn would prevail 48-45. Despite going up against the number one defense in the nation, the Alabama backup QB went 26 of 39 and passed for 335 yards. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle had 230 yards and 4 touchdowns, including a 98-yard kickoff return for a score. Alabama's inability to stop Auburn on offense and Jones' two interceptions returned for touchdowns proved impossible to overcome. Alabama would finish the 2019 regular season with a 10-2 record. It would mark the first time since 2010 that the Tide would lose two regular season games and it would be the first time in the playoff era that they would not make the semifinals. Bama closed out 2019 with a 35-16 win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl, finishing the season with an 11-2 record. This game marked the end of the 2010s decade for Alabama football. For the first time in program history, Alabama went the entirety of a decade with double digit wins in every year.
Main article: 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
In a season that was under constant threat of cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alabama began the year ranked number 2 in the nation. Like all other teams in the nation, Alabama's schedule had been drastically altered so as to play a revised season due to the pandemic. Gone off the schedule were USC, Georgia State, Kent State, and UT-Martin. All teams played within their own conferences until the postseason. Alabama opened the season on the last weekend of September by defeating Missouri 38-19 in Columbia. Next came a 52-24 win over Texas A&M in the home opener. It would be the Aggies only loss of the 2020 season. The season would see its share of disruptions due to Covid-19. Nick Saban tested positive before the game against Georgia on October 17. However, it was later deemed a false positive and he was able to coach the game, which saw Alabama defeat Georgia by a final score of 41-24. The following week, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle suffered an injury on the opening kickoff against Tennessee in Knoxville. It was to keep him out for the remainder of the season, although he did have successful surgery and did return in a limited role in the CFP national championship game against Ohio State. The game against LSU had to be postponed until December due to Covid-19 and thus the Tide had a long layoff during the regular season, going three weeks without playing. Alabama returned to action by defeating Kentucky 63-3 and avenging the previous season's Iron Bowl loss by crushing Auburn 42-13 in Tuscaloosa. Coach Saban was unable to be at the game due to having tested positive for Covid-19 just a few days earlier. Unlike before, this was not a false positive. Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian was acting head coach in the win against their cross state rivals. The Tide would then avenge the 2019 loss to LSU by blowing them out 55-17 in Baton Rouge. It was the most points Alabama had ever scored against LSU and it was the second worse home loss for LSU in their history. The regular season concluded with a 52-3 win against Arkansas in Fayetteville in another game that had been rescheduled. Alabama became the first team ever to win 10 SEC games in a single season. Next came the 2020 SEC Championship Game which saw the Tide win the 2020 SEC Title by defeating the Florida Gators in a high scoring affair, 52-46. Alabama would next meet Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl Playoff Semifinal defeating the Fighting Irish 31-14. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the heavily favored Clemson Tigers, 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl Playoff Semifinal to set up an Alabama- Ohio State CFP National Championship Game in Miami. On January 5, 2021, wide receiver Devonta Smith would win the Heisman Trophy, becoming the third winner of the award in school history. In what was the first meeting between the Tide and the Buckeyes since 2014, the inaugural year of the playoffs, the Tide rolled to a 52-24 win over the Buckeyes. The win gave the Tide its sixth national title under head coach Nick Saban and its 18th overall. It was an unprecedented seventh national title for coach Saban, giving him the most all time of any head coach, breaking the legendary Paul Bear Bryant's previous record of six.
Main article: 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
Alabama began 2021 as the reigning national champions and once again, ranked number one in the nation. Bryce Young won the starting QB role in the offseason, and in the season opener, Alabama routed Miami, 44-13 in the 2021 Chick Fila Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The third game of the season saw the Tide struggle in a 31-29 win against Florida in Gainesville, after getting out to huge lead early on. Alabama's issues caught up with them in October as the Tide fell to Texas A&M, 41-38, in College Station. This was the first win for the Aggies over the Tide since 2012. The remainder of the season was a rollercoaster. While Alabama would roll through the remainder of the regular season without a loss, the season was not without its woes. Shockingly close games against LSU and Auburn saw the Tide escape with narrow wins. In the first ever Iron Bowl to go to overtime, Alabama managed to escape against Auburn 24-22 in 4 overtimes at Jordan Hare Stadium. Bryce Young hit wide receiver John Metchie for the game winning two point play in the 4th overtime to lift the Tide to a win. However, the following week, Alabama would route Georgia in the SEC Championship Game by the same score as the previous season, 41-24. It was the Tide's second consecutive SEC Championship and the win sent Alabama to the playoffs once again where they would defeat Cincinnati 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl Semifinal. Georgia would defeat Michigan in the Orange Bowl Semifinal, setting up an Alabama-Georgia rematch in the CFP National Championship Game. Georgia would defeat Alabama the second time around, 33-18, giving the Bulldogs their first national championship since 1980. It marked Georgia's first win against the Tide since 2007 and it was Alabama's first loss to an SEC East team since 2010. Alabama finished 2021 with a record of 13-2. Also in 2021, Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy, becoming Alabama's the second consecutive winner of the award, the fourth overall, and the first quarterback in Alabama history to win it.
Main article: Iron Bowl
The Iron Bowl is the name given to Alabama's annual game against the in-state Auburn University Tigers. Through the 2021 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of ten wins and five losses (10–5) against the Tigers. After the Crimson Tide lost 17–10 in his first Iron Bowl, Alabama shutout Auburn in the 2008 game 36–0. Their win in that game ended a six-game losing streak against the Tigers, was the largest margin of victory in the Iron Bowl since the 1962 season and was the first all-time Iron Bowl win for the Crimson Tide at Tuscaloosa. The next year, Auburn took a 14–0 first quarter lead, but Alabama eventually won 26–21 after Greg McElroy threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch with just under 2:00 left in the game. In 2010, playing as the reigning national champions, Alabama surrendered a 24-point lead and lost to the eventual national champions 28–27 in what was the largest comeback in Iron Bowl history. The Crimson Tide rebounded from that loss and did not allow the Tigers' to score an offensive touchdown in either the 2011 or 2012 edition of the Iron Bowl. In 2013, both teams came into the game ranked in the top five and Auburn won, 34–28, in what has since been dubbed "the kick six", after Chris Davis returned a missed Adam Griffith field goal 109 yards for the game-winning score with no time left on the clock. The 2014 Iron Bowl saw the highest-scoring game in history between the two rivals, as Alabama came behind from a 12-point deficit and defeated Auburn 55–44. Alabama would defeat Auburn in 2015 by a score of 29-13 in Auburn. It was Bama's first trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium since the "Kick-Six" game. However, the result would be different as Adam Griffith hit five field goals, accounting for 15 of Alabama's 29 points. In 2016, Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts overcame two first half interceptions with a stellar 2nd half performance as Alabama topped Auburn 30–12 in Tuscaloosa. The 2016 win marked the first time Alabama had defeated Auburn three consecutive years since 1990–1992. Alabama would fall to Auburn in 2017, 26–14 in the Tide's only loss of the season. It marked the first time since 1969 that the Tigers had defeated the Tide by a margin of more than ten points. Alabama would avenge the 2017 loss, rolling over Auburn, 52–21 in Tuscaloosa in 2018. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had an Iron Bowl record six total touchdowns, throwing for five and one rushing touchdown. The Alabama sophomore would finish the game 25 of 32, passing for 324 yards. Auburn would prevail in a shootout, 48-45 in 2019. This marked Alabama's second consecutive loss at Jordan Hare Stadium. After Tagovailoa suffered a season ending injury against Mississippi State, Mac Jones had become the starter. While Jones passed for over 300 yards against the Tigers' number one rated defense, Auburn intercepted the sophomore quarterback twice and returned both for touchdowns. After having missed a game-tying field goal attempt with 2:00 left in the game, Alabama held Auburn to a 3-and-out on the following drive. However, a 4th-down Illegal Substitution penalty on the Tide would give Auburn a first down and the win. On the Wednesday before the 2020 rendition of the Iron Bowl, Saban would test positive for COVID-19. It would be his first game missed in 47 years of coaching.  Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian would be promoted to interim head coach for the annual rivalry game. However, Saban's absence proved not to be a factor in the outcome of the game. Alabama would go on to defeat Auburn 42-13, led by Mac Jones' 300+ passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions - a critical factor in the outcome of the 2019 meeting.  It would be the last time that Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would lead the Tigers against Alabama. The 29-point loss was the second-worst of his career, behind only the 2018 Iron Bowl outcome (31). He would be relieved of his duties less than a month later. His final record at Auburn versus Saban is three wins to five losses (3-5). The 2021 edition of the Iron Bowl saw the first ever overtime game in series history. Auburn lead 10-0 deep into the game before Alabama finally got on the scoreboard with a FG in the 4th quarter, to make it a 10-3 game. In the final minute, the Tide drove from its own endzone and Bryce Young hit wide receiver Jacorey Brooks for a touchdown that tied the score. This sent the game into overtime, when Alabama's Bryce Young completed a pass to wide receiver John Metchie for the game winning two point play.
Main article: Third Saturday in October
The Third Saturday in October is the name given to Alabama's annual game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Through the 2021 season, Saban has compiled an overall record of fifteen wins and zero losses (15–0) against the Volunteers. In the period between the 1995 and 2006 seasons prior to the arrival of Saban, the Volunteers were 10–2 against the Crimson Tide. Since Saban has been Alabama's head coach, they have outscored Tennessee 589-201 in their 15 victories (average score 39–13). The only games the Crimson Tide did not win by at least two touchdowns came in the 2009 game when Terrence Cody blocked a field goal as time expired and preserved the 12–10 Alabama victory and in 2015 when the tide won 19–14 due to a game clinching fumble recovered by A'shawn Robinson. 2016 and 2017 saw blowout wins of 49–10 and 45–7 for the Tide over the Volunteers. At the conclusion of the 2017 season, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was hired as the Tennessee head coach. In 2018, Alabama again routed Tennessee by a final of 58–21 scoring the most points ever by one team in the series. It broke the previous record set back in 1986, when Alabama had scored 56. Alabama would again defeat Tennessee by double digits in 2019, however, the game was not without its issues. Starting QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured and left the game with a high ankle sprain. At times, Tennessee moved the ball at will on Alabama's young and injury depleted defense. Despite many mishaps, Alabama prevailed 35-13 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama rolled to a 14th consecutive win over the Vols in a 48-17 blowout in 2020 in Knoxville. In 2021 Alabama would defeat Tennessee by final score of 52-24 in Tuscaloosa in Josh Heupel's first game against the Tide as Tennessee head coach.
Main article: Alabama–LSU football rivalry
Louisiana State University (LSU) and Alabama first met on the field in 1895 and continuously since 1964. However, the annual game against the Tigers was not considered a rivalry until Saban (a former LSU head coach) was hired in the same capacity at Alabama for 2007 season. Through the 2021 regular season, Saban has compiled an overall record of twelve wins and four losses (12–4) against the Tigers at Alabama (Saban's first Michigan State team lost to LSU in the 1995 Independence Bowl). After a 41–34 loss in their first matchup, Alabama won at Baton Rouge in overtime 27–21 in 2008. After the Tigers upset the Crimson Tide 24–21 in 2010, they again were victorious the following season 9–6 in a No. 1 versus No. 2 "Game of the Century" during the regular season. They met again in a rematch for the 2011 national championship in the BCS National Championship Game where Alabama won 21–0 in the rematch for the national championship. The Crimson Tide won their second straight in the series in 2012 after they defeated LSU 21–17 when A. J. McCarron threw a 28-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to T. J. Yeldon in the final two minutes of the game. In 2013, Alabama turned a 17–17 tie in the third quarter into a 38-17 rout behind a 372-yard rushing effort, including 133 yards and two touchdowns from T. J. Yeldon. At Baton Rouge in 2014, Blake Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and then threw a 6-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in overtime to lead the Tide to a 20–13 win over the Tigers. In 2015, Alabama won handily against an undefeated LSU team, 30-16 in Tuscaloosa. Bama had 250 rushing yards and A'shawn Robinson blocked one of LSU's extra points in spectacular fashion. In 2016, the game was scoreless going into the fourth quarter. However, true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts ran 21 yards for a touchdown. That put Alabama up 7–0, and the Tide never looked back as they would shut out LSU 10–0 in Baton Rouge. In 2017, Alabama would defeat LSU 24–10 in Tuscaloosa, marking the seventh consecutive win over the Tigers. The streak was extended to eight on November 3, 2018, when the #1 Crimson Tide blanked the #3 Tigers 29-0 in Baton Rouge. On November 9, 2019, The AP #1 (CFP #2) Tigers defeated the AP #2 (CFP #3) Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa by a final score of 46-41, ending Saban's eight-game winning streak over LSU. Alabama would avenge that loss with a 55-17 blowout win over the Tigers in Baton Rouge in 2020. Heavy underdog LSU gave the Tide a fight in 2021. Alabama would hang on for a 20-14 win in Tuscaloosa. LSU had the ball and a chance for the win, throwing an incomplete pass as time expired.
Main article: Alabama-Georgia football rivalry
Although Alabama and Georgia had met each other in the 2012 SEC Championship Game which saw Alabama defeating 32-28, the rivalry didn't intensify until after the 2015 season when Georgia hired longtime Alabama assistant and former Georgia player Kirby Smart as head coach who would lead his team to four postseason games against the Tide and his former mentor Saban.
|2007||Alabama||7–6[a]||1–4[a]||T–3rd (Western)||W Independence|
|2008||Alabama||12–2||8–0||1st (Western)||L Sugar†||6||6|
|2009||Alabama||14–0||8–0||1st (Western)||W BCS NCG†||1||1|
|2010||Alabama||10–3||5–3||4th (Western)||W Capital One||11||10|
|2011||Alabama||12–1||7–1||2nd (Western)||W BCS NCG†||1||1|
|2012||Alabama||13–1||7–1||1st (Western)||W BCS NCG†||1||1|
|2013||Alabama||11–2||7–1||T–1st (Western)||L Sugar†||8||7|
|2014||Alabama||12–2||7–1||1st (Western)||L Sugar†||4||4|
|2015||Alabama||14–1||7–1||1st (Western)||W Cotton†, W CFP NCG†||1||1|
|2016||Alabama||14–1||8–0||1st (Western)||W Peach†, L CFP NCG†||2||2|
|2017||Alabama||13–1||7–1||T–1st (Western)||W Sugar†, W CFP NCG†||1||1|
|2018||Alabama||14–1||8–0||1st (Western)||W Orange†, L CFP NCG†||2||2|
|2019||Alabama||11–2||6–2||2nd (Western)||W Citrus||8||8|
|2020||Alabama||13–0||10–0||1st (Western)||W Rose†, W CFP NCG†||1||1|
|2021||Alabama||13–2||7–1||1st (Western)||W Cotton†, L CFP NCG†||2||2|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide football All-Americans
|2008||Antoine Caldwell||Center||AFCA, AP, TSN, SI|
|Terrence Cody||Defensive tackle||AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, SI, Rivals.com, CBS|
|Rashad Johnson||Safety||AFCA, Rivals.com|
|Andre Smith||Offensive tackle||AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WC, ESPN, FN, SI, CBS, Rivals.com|
|2009||Javier Arenas||Cornerback||AFCA, AP, SI|
|Javier Arenas||Punt returner||CBS, Rivals.com|
|Terrence Cody||Defensive tackle||AP, FWAA, WC, CBS|
|Mark Ingram||Running back||AP, FWAA, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com|
|Mike Johnson||Offensive guard||AP, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com|
|Rolando McClain||Linebacker||AP, FWAA, AFCA, WC, TSN, SI, ESPN, CBS, Rivals.com|
|Leigh Tiffin||Placekicker||AP, CBS|
|2011||Mark Barron||Safety||AFCA, AP, FWAA, WC, TSN, CBS, ESPN, PFW, Scout.com, SI|
|Dont'a Hightower||Linebacker||AFCA, AP, WC, PFW|
|Barrett Jones||Tackle||AP, AFCA, FWAA, WC, CBS, ESPN, Scout.com, TSN|
|Dre Kirkpatrick||Cornerback||FWAA, CBS, PFW|
|Trent Richardson||Running back||AP, AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, CBS, ESPN, Scout.com, TSN|
|Courtney Upshaw||Linebacker||FWAA, TSN, CBS, ESPN, PFW, Scout.com, SI|
|2012||D. J. Fluker||Offensive tackle||CBS, Scout.com|
|Barrett Jones||Center||WCFF, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, SI|
|Dee Milliner||Cornerback||WCFF, AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, PFW|
|C. J. Mosley||Linebacker||WCFF, AFCA, AP, TSN, CBS, Scout.com, SI|
|Chance Warmack||Offensive guard||WCFF, AFCA, AP, TSN, FWAA, CBS, Scout.com, ESPN, SI, PFW|
|2013||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Safety||AFCA, FWAA, TSN, ESPN|
|Cyrus Kouandjio||Offensive tackle||AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, CBS, Athlon|
|A. J. McCarron||Quarterback||AFCA, WCFF|
|C. J. Mosley||Linebacker||AFCA, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, AP, USAT, CBS, ESPN, Athlon|
|2014||Landon Collins||Safety||AP, WCFF, TSN, AFCA, FWAA, CBS, ESPN, Scout, SI|
|Amari Cooper||Wide Receiver||AP, WCFF, TSN, AFCA, FWAA, USAT, CBS, ESPN, Scout, SI|
|Arie Kouandjio||Offensive Guard||AFCA, USAT, SI|
|J. K. Scott||Punter||TSN, USAT, ESPN, SI|
|2015||Derrick Henry||Running back||AP, WCFF, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, USAT, CBS, SI, ESPN, FOX|
|Reggie Ragland||Linebacker||AP, WCFF, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, USAT, CBS, SI, ESPN|
|Ryan Kelly||Center||WCFF, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, USAT, ESPN|
|A'Shawn Robinson||Defensive tackle||AP, FWAA, AFCA, TSN, CBS, SI, FOX|
|2016||Jonathan Allen||Defensive end||AFCA, FWAA, AP, WCFF, TSN, SI, USAT, ESPN, FOX, CBS|
|Reuben Foster||Linebacker||AFCA, FWAA, AP, WCFF, TSN, SI, USAT, ESPN, FOX, CBS|
|Cam Robinson||Offensive tackle||AFCA, FWAA, AP, WCFF, TSN, SI, ESPN, FOX, CBS, Athlon|
|Minkah Fitzpatrick||Defensive back||AFCA, AP, ESPN|
|Marlon Humphrey||Defensive back||FWAA|
|O. J. Howard||Tight end||FOX|
|2017||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Defensive back||AP, AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, TSN, SI, USAT, ESPN, CBS, CFN, Athlon|
|J. K. Scott||Punter||CFN|
|2018||Tua Tagovailoa||Quarterback||AFCA, TSN, WCFF, Athlon|
|Jerry Jeudy||Wide Receiver||AFCA, AP, TSN, WCFF, SI, ESPN, CBS, Athlon|
|Jonah Williams||Offensive tackle||AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, SI, USAT, CFN, ESPN, CBS, Athlon|
|Quinnen Williams||Defensive tackle||AFCA, AP, FWAA, TSN, WCFF, SI, USAT, CFN, ESPN, CBS, Athlon|
|Deionte Thompson||Safety||AFCA, AP, TSN, SI, USAT, CFN, ESPN, CBS, Athlon|
|2019||Jerry Jeudy||Wide Receiver||AFCA|
|Alex Leatherwood||Offensive tackle||AFCA|
|Jedrick Wills||Offensive tackle||Athletic, CBS, USAT|
|Xavier McKinney||Safety||Athletic, CBS, USAT|
|Jaylen Waddle||Kick Returner||CBS, FWAA, SI, TSN, USAT|
|2020||Christian Barmore||Defensive tackle||CBS|
|Landon Dickerson||Center||AFCA, AP, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, WCFF|
|Mac Jones||Quarterback||AFCA, AP, Athletic, ESPN, TSN, USAT, WCFF|
|Najee Harris||Running back||AFCA, AP, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, WCFF|
|Alex Leatherwood||Offensive tackle||AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, USAT, WCFF|
|DeVonta Smith||Wide Receiver||AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, USAT, WCFF|
|DeVonta Smith||Return Specialist||CBS|
|Patrick Surtain II||Cornerback||AFCA, AP, Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, Phil Steele, TSN, USAT, WCFF|
|Thomas Fletcher||Long snapper||Phil Steele|
|2021||Will Anderson Jr.||Linebacker||Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, USAT, WCFF|
|Evan Neal||Offensive tackle||CBS, ESPN, FWAA, USAT, WCFF|
|Jameson Williams||Wide Receiver||CBS, ESPN, USAT|
|Bryce Young||Quarterback||Athletic, CBS, ESPN, FWAA, USAT|
Main article: List of Alabama Crimson Tide players in the NFL Draft
|Year||Round||Pick||Overall||Player name||Position||NFL team||Notes|
|2009||1||6||6||Andre Smith||Offensive tackle||Cincinnati Bengals||—|
|3||10||74||Glen Coffee||Running back||San Francisco 49ers||—|
|3||13||77||Antoine Caldwell||Center||Houston Texans||—|
|3||31||95||Rashad Johnson||Defensive back||Arizona Cardinals||—|
|2010||1||8||8||Rolando McClain||Linebacker||Oakland Raiders||—|
|1||20||20||Kareem Jackson||Cornerback||Houston Texans||—|
|2||18||50||Javier Arenas||Defensive back||Kansas City Chiefs||—|
|2||25||57||Terrence Cody||Defensive end||Baltimore Ravens||Super Bowl Champion (XLVII)|
|3||34||98||Mike Johnson||Offensive guard||Atlanta Falcons||—|
|7||4||211||Marquis Johnson||Defensive back||St. Louis Rams||—|
|7||40||247||Brandon Deaderick||Defensive end||New England Patriots||—|
|2011||1||3||3||Marcell Dareus||Defensive tackle||Buffalo Bills||2× Pro Bowl (2013, 2014), First-team All-Pro (2014)|
|1||6||6||Julio Jones||Wide receiver||Atlanta Falcons||7x Pro Bowl (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 ), 2x First-team All-Pro (2015, 2016), 3x Second-team All-Pro (2017, 2018, 2019)|
|1||25||25||James Carpenter||Offensive tackle||Seattle Seahawks||Super Bowl Champion (XLVIII)|
|1||28||28||Mark Ingram||Running back||New Orleans Saints||3x Pro Bowl (2014, 2017, 2019)|
|7||5||208||Greg McElroy||Quarterback||New York Jets||—|
|2012||1||3||3||Trent Richardson||Running back||Cleveland Browns||—|
|1||7||7||Mark Barron||Safety||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||—|
|1||17||17||Dre Kirkpatrick||Cornerback||Cincinnati Bengals||—|
|1||25||25||Dont'a Hightower||Linebacker||New England Patriots||3x Super Bowl Champion (XLIX, LI, LIII), 2x Pro Bowl (2016, 2019), Second-team All-Pro (2016)|
|2||3||35||Courtney Upshaw||Linebacker||Baltimore Ravens||Super Bowl Champion (XLVII)|
|5||1||136||Josh Chapman||Defensive tackle||Indianapolis Colts||—|
|5||11||146||DeQuan Menzie||Cornerback||Kansas City Chiefs||—|
|7||40||247||Brad Smelley||Tight end||Cleveland Browns||—|
|2013||1||9||9||Dee Milliner||Cornerback||New York Jets||—|
|1||10||10||Chance Warmack||Guard||Tennessee Titans||Super Bowl Champion (LII)|
|1||11||11||D. J. Fluker||Offensive tackle||San Diego Chargers||—|
|2||29||61||Eddie Lacy||Running back||Green Bay Packers||Pro Bowl (2013), Second-team All-Pro (2013)|
|4||2||99||Nico Johnson||Linebacker||Kansas City Chiefs||—|
|4||16||113||Barrett Jones||Center||St. Louis Rams||—|
|5||4||137||Jesse Williams||Defensive tackle||Seattle Seahawks||Super Bowl Champion (XLVIII)|
|5||24||157||Quinton Dial||Defensive end||San Francisco 49ers||—|
|7||5||211||Michael Williams||Tight end||Detroit Lions||Super Bowl Champion (LI)|
|2014||1||17||17||C. J. Mosley||Linebacker||Baltimore Ravens||4x Pro Bowl (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), 4x Second-team All-Pro (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)|
|1||21||21||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Safety||Green Bay Packers||Pro Bowl (2016), Second-team All-Pro (2016)|
|2||12||44||Cyrus Kouandjio||Offensive tackle||Buffalo Bills||—|
|4||23||123||Kevin Norwood||Wide receiver||Seattle Seahawks||—|
|5||20||160||Ed Stinson||Defensive end||Arizona Cardinals||—|
|5||24||164||A. J. McCarron||Quarterback||Cincinnati Bengals||—|
|5||27||167||Vinnie Sunseri||Safety||New Orleans Saints||—|
|6||1||177||Jeoffrey Pagan||Defensive end||Houston Texans||—|
|2015||1||4||4||Amari Cooper||Wide receiver||Oakland Raiders||4x Pro Bowl (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)|
|2||1||33||Landon Collins||Safety||New York Giants||3x Pro Bowl (2016, 2017, 2018), First-team All-Pro (2016)|
|2||4||36||T. J. Yeldon||Running back||Jacksonville Jaguars||—|
|4||9||108||Jalston Fowler||Fullback||Tennessee Titans||—|
|4||13||112||Arie Kouandjio||Guard||Washington Redskins||—|
|7||11||228||Austin Shepherd||Offensive tackle||Minnesota Vikings||—|
|7||36||253||Xzavier Dickson||Linebacker||New England Patriots||—|
|2016||1||18||18||Ryan Kelly||Center||Indianapolis Colts||3x Pro Bowl (2019, 2020, 2021), All-Pro (2020)|
|2||10||41||Reggie Ragland||Linebacker||Buffalo Bills||Super Bowl Champion (LIV)|
|2||14||45||Derrick Henry||Running back||Tennessee Titans||2x Pro Bowl (2019, 2020), First-team All-Pro (2020), Second-Team All-Pro (2019)|
|2||15||46||A'Shawn Robinson||Defensive tackle||Detroit Lions||Super Bowl Champion (LVI)|
|2||18||49||Jarran Reed||Defensive tackle||Seattle Seahawks||—|
|2||29||60||Cyrus Jones||Cornerback||New England Patriots||Super Bowl Champion (LI)|
|3||10||73||Kenyan Drake||Running back||Miami Dolphins||—|
|2017||1||16||16||Marlon Humphrey||Cornerback||Baltimore Ravens||2x Pro Bowl (2019, 2020), First-team All-Pro (2019)|
|1||17||17||Jonathan Allen||Defensive end||Washington Redskins||Pro Bowl (2021)|
|1||19||19||O.J. Howard||Tight End||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Super Bowl Champion (LV)|
|1||31||31||Reuben Foster||Linebacker||San Francisco 49ers||—|
|2||2||34||Cam Robinson||Offensive tackle||Jacksonville Jaguars||—|
|2||17||49||Ryan Anderson||Linebacker||Washington Redskins||—|
|2||23||55||Dalvin Tomlinson||Defensive tackle||New York Giants||—|
|3||14||78||Tim Williams||Linebacker||Baltimore Ravens||—|
|3||15||79||ArDarius Stewart||Wide receiver||New York Jets||—|
|4||5||121||Eddie Jackson||Safety||Chicago Bears||2x Pro Bowl (2018, 2019), First-team All-Pro (2018)|
|2018||1||11||11||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Safety||Miami Dolphins||2x Pro Bowl (2019, 2020), 2x First-team All-Pro (2019, 2020)|
|1||13||13||Daron Payne||Nose tackle||Washington Redskins||—|
|1||22||22||Rashaan Evans||Linebacker||Tennessee Titans||—|
|1||26||26||Calvin Ridley||Wide receiver||Atlanta Falcons||Second-team All-Pro (2020)|
|3||29||93||Ronnie Harrison||Safety||Jacksonville Jaguars||—|
|4||14||114||Da'Shawn Hand||Defensive end||Detroit Lions||—|
|4||18||118||Anthony Averett||Cornerback||Baltimore Ravens||—|
|5||35||172||J. K. Scott||Punter||Green Bay Packers||—|
|6||23||197||Shaun Dion Hamilton||Linebacker||Washington Redskins||—|
|6||41||215||Bradley Bozeman||Center||Baltimore Ravens||—|
|7||18||236||Bo Scarbrough||Running back||Dallas Cowboys||—|
|7||28||246||Joshua Frazier||Defensive tackle||Pittsburgh Steelers||—|
|2019||1||3||3||Quinnen Williams||Defensive tackle||New York Jets||—|
|1||11||11||Jonah Williams||Offensive tackle||Cincinnati Bengals||—|
|1||24||24||Josh Jacobs||Running back||Oakland Raiders||Pro Bowl (2020)|
|2||18||50||Irv Smith Jr.||Tight End||Minnesota Vikings||—|
|3||24||87||Damien Harris||Running back||New England Patriots||—|
|4||13||115||Christian Miller||Linebacker||Carolina Panthers||—|
|5||1||139||Deionte Thompson||Safety||Arizona Cardinals||—|
|5||15||153||Ross Pierschbacher||Center||Washington Redskins||—|
|5||17||155||Mack Wilson||Linebacker||Cleveland Browns||—|
|6||20||192||Isaiah Buggs||Defensive tackle||Pittsburgh Steelers||—|
|2020||1||5||5||Tua Tagovailoa||Quarterback||Miami Dolphins||—|
|1||10||10||Jedrick Wills||Offensive tackle||Cleveland Browns||—|
|1||12||12||Henry Ruggs III||Wide receiver||Las Vegas Raiders||—|
|1||15||15||Jerry Jeudy||Wide receiver||Denver Broncos||—|
|2||4||36||Xavier McKinney||Safety||New York Giants||—|
|2||19||51||Trevon Diggs||Cornerback||Dallas Cowboys||Pro Bowl (2021), First-team All-Pro (2021)|
|2||24||56||Raekwon Davis||Defensive tackle||Miami Dolphins||—|
|3||20||84||Terrell Lewis||Linebacker||Los Angeles Rams||Super Bowl Champion (LVI)|
|3||25||87||Anfernee Jennings||Linebacker||New England Patriots||—|
|2021||1||6||6||Jaylen Waddle||Wide receiver||Miami Dolphins||—|
|1||9||9||Patrick Surtain II||Cornerback||Denver Broncos||—|
|1||10||10||DeVonta Smith||Wide receiver||Philadelphia Eagles||—|
|1||15||15||Mac Jones||Quarterback||New England Patriots||Pro Bowl (2021)|
|1||17||17||Alex Leatherwood||Offensive tackle||Las Vegas Raiders||—|
|1||24||24||Najee Harris||Running back||Pittsburgh Steelers||Pro Bowl (2021)|
|2||5||37||Landon Dickerson||Center||Philadelphia Eagles||—|
|2||6||38||Christian Barmore||Defensive tackle||New England Patriots||—|
|6||9||193||Deonte Brown||Offensive guard||Carolina Panthers||—|
|6||38||222||Thomas Fletcher||Long snapper||Carolina Panthers||—|
|2022||1||7||7||Evan Neal||Offensive tackle||New York Giants||—|
|1||12||12||Jameson Williams||Wide receiver||Detroit Lions||—|
|2||12||44||John Metchie III||Wide receiver||Houston Texans||—|
|2||15||47||Phidarian Mathis||Defensive tackle||Washington Commanders||—|
|3||11||75||Christian Harris||Linebacker||Houston Texans||—|
|3||34||98||Brian Robinson Jr.||Running back||Washington Commanders||—|
|4||14||119||Jalyn Armour-Davis||Cornerback||Baltimore Ravens||—|
|Coach||Position||Alma mater||Years served|
|Major Applewhite||Offensive coordinator||Texas||2007|
|Associate Head Coach/Defensive line||Maryland||2019–Present|
|Special Teams/Tight ends||Washington State||2018–Present|
|Burton Burns||Running backs||Nebraska||2007–present|
|Curt Cignetti||Wide receivers||West Virginia||2007–2010|
|Mario Cristobal||Offensive line||Miami||2013–2016|
|Bo Davis||Defensive line||LSU||2007–2010|
|Brian Daboll||Offensive Coordinator||Rochester||2017-2018|
|Offensive Line||Iona Gaels football||2019–Present|
|Wide Receivers||Wake Forest||2018|
|Defensive Coordinator||Delta State||2018–Present|
|Mike Groh||Wide receivers||Virginia||2011–2012|
|Offensive line/Special Teams||Georgia Tech||2016-2018|
|Lane Kiffin||Offensive coordinator||Fresno State||2014–2016|
|Jim McElwain||Offensive coordinator||Eastern Washington||2008–2011|
|Billy Napier||Wide receivers||Furman||2013–2016|
|Doug Nussmeier||Offensive coordinator||Idaho||2012–2013|
|Joe Pendry||Offensive line||West Virginia||2007–2010|
|West Alabama||2010–2012, 2016–2017|
|Chris Rumph||Defensive Line||South Carolina||2011–2014|
|Steve Sarkisian||Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks||BYU||2017, 2019–2020|
|Kirby Smart||Defensive coordinator||Georgia||2007–2015|
|Kevin Steele||Defensive line||Tennessee||2007–2008|
|Jeff Stoutland||Offensive line||Southern Connecticut||2011–2012|
|Sal Sunseri||Linebackers||Pittsburgh||2009–2011, 2019–Present|
|Lance Thompson||Linebackers||The Citadel||2007–2008|
|Wide receivers||New Mexico State||2019–Present|
|Bobby Williams||Tight ends
Main article: Bryant–Denny Stadium
During Saban's tenure as head coach of the Crimson Tide, Alabama has played all home games on-campus at Bryant–Denny Stadium. Prior to the 2006 season, the north endzone expansion brought the total seating capacity of Bryant–Denny to 92,138, the seventh largest stadium in college football. After Saban became head coach, in February 2009, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal to expand the south endzone with an upper deck that seated approximately 9,000 spectators and added 36 luxury boxes. The expansion was budgeted at $80.6 million and Davis Architects of Birmingham, Alabama served as the architect of record for the project. The expansion was completed just prior to the start of the 2010 season on August 20 and increased Bryant–Denny's capacity to 101,821, the fifth largest in college football.
Outside the stadium on its northern side is the Walk of Champions. This areas pays tribute to past championship teams at Alabama in addition to featuring bronze statues of all five head coaches who won national championships with the Crimson Tide. After he led them to the 2009 national championship, athletics director Mal Moore indicated that a statue of Saban would be erected in the Walk of Champions just as the previous four coaches. The nine-foot statue was designed by Alabama student Jeremy Davis and fabricated by MTM Recognition of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was officially unveiled prior to the 2011 A-Day spring game on April 16, 2011, and has since been updated to include subsequent championships.