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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). The team is currently coached by Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide is among the most storied
and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program
claims 17 national championships, including 12 wire-service (AP or Coaches) national titles
in the poll-era, and five other titles before the poll-era. From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall
of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who won six national championships with the program. 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.Alabama has 904 official victories in NCAA Division I (an additional
21 victories were vacated and 8 victories and 1 tie were forfeited), has won 31 conference
championships (4 Southern Conference and 27 SEC championships) and has made an NCAA-record
64 postseason bowl appearances. Other NCAA records include 23 winning streaks
of 10 games or more and 19 seasons with a 10–0 start. The program has 34 seasons with 10 wins or
more (plus one vacated), and has 40 bowl victories, both NCAA records. Alabama has completed 10 undefeated seasons,
9 of which were perfect seasons. The Crimson Tide leads the SEC West Division
with 14 division titles and 12 appearances in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama holds a winning record against every
current and former SEC school. The Associated Press (AP) ranks Alabama 4th
in all-time final AP Poll appearances, with 53 through the 2015 season.Alabama plays its
home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With a capacity of 101,821, Bryant-Denny is
the 8th largest non-racing stadium in the world and the seventh largest stadium in the
United States.==History=====
Head coaching history===Alabama has had 28 head coaches since organized
football began in 1892. Adopting the nickname “Crimson Tide” after
the 1907 season, the team has played more than 1,100 games in their 114 seasons. In that time, 12 coaches have led the Crimson
Tide in postseason bowl games: Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Harold D. “Red” Drew, Bear Bryant,
Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Shula, Joe
Kines, and Nick Saban. 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.Of the 27 different
head coaches who have led the Crimson Tide, Wade, Thomas, Bryant, and Stallings have been
inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The current head coach is Nick Saban, who
was hired in January 2007.===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 organizations it recognizes. 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.”Since World War II,
Alabama only claims national championships awarded by the final AP Poll or the final
Coaches’ Poll. This policy is consistent with other FBS football
programs with numerous national title claims, including Notre Dame, USC, and Oklahoma. All national championships claimed by the
University of Alabama were published in nationally syndicated newspapers and magazines, and each
of the national championship selectors, and are cited in the Official 2010 NCAA FBS Record
Book. 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.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.The University of Alabama 2009 Official Football Media Guide
states that Alabama had 12 national championships prior to winning the 2010 BCS National Championship
Game. The 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017 titles
bring the total number of national championships claimed by Alabama to 17. Twelve of Alabama’s national championships
were awarded by the wire-services (AP, Coaches’ Poll) or by winning the BCS National Championship
Game.In January 2013, CNN suggested that Alabama might be college football’s new dynasty, 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).====National championship seasons====
1925 – The 1925 Alabama Crimson Tide football team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the
regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington
in the January 1, 1926 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade’s team initially fell behind the
undefeated Huskies, but rallied in the second half to defeat Washington 20–19. The outstanding player of the game was Johnny
Mack Brown. This game is viewed by many football historians
as the single most important event for Southern football, and is hailed “the football game
that changed the South.” Alabama was the first Southern football team
to be invited to play in the Rose Bowl, and proved that the Southern teams could compete
with those from the East, the Midwest and the West coast. The victory for Coach Wallace Wade established
Alabama as a football powerhouse. The 1925 Alabama football team finished the
season with a 10–0–0 record and was selected national champion by the Football Annual,
Billingsley, and the Helms Athletic Foundation. 1926 – The 1926 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern
Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford
in the January 1, 1927 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade’s team tied the Indians 7–7 to
finish the season 9–0–1. The outstanding player of the game was Fred
Pickhard. The 1926 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by Billingsley and the Helms Athletic Foundation. 1930 – The 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Wallace Wade, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southern
Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Washington
State in the January 1, 1931 Rose Bowl. Coach Wade’s team defeated the Cougars 24–0
to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was John
Campbell. The 1930 Alabama football team tied with Notre
Dame as national champions in the Davis Poll. 1934 – The 1934 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 9–0–0, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Stanford
in the January 1, 1935 Rose Bowl. Coach Thomas’ team defeated the Indians 29–13
to finish the season 10–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Millard
“Dixie” Howell. The 1934 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by Dunkel, Williamson, and Football Thesaurus. The University of Alabama honored Ben McLeod,
Jr., the 95-year–old former backup End of the 1934 team at the September 6, 2008 Alabama–Tulane
game. 1941 – The 1941 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Frank Thomas, completed the regular season 8–2–0. Alabama’s squad finished 3rd in the Southeastern
Conference. After losing to Mississippi State 14-0 and
Vanderbilt, 7–0, Alabama finished the regular season ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll, which
was the finalized with two games left in the regular season. The onset of World War II changed the college
football postseason. Alabama was one of 10 teams chosen for post-season
competition when they were invited to play Texas A&M in the January 1, 1942 Cotton Bowl
Classic. Coach Thomas’ team defeated the Aggies 29–21
to finish the season 9–2–0. Minnesota, the AP national champion, finished
8–0 and did not play in a bowl game per Big 10 rules. Alabama’s outstanding players of the game
were Holt Rast, Don Whitmire, and Jimmy Nelson. The squad was selected national champions
by the Houlgate Poll, published in the nationally syndicated Football Thesaurus. The 2009 NCAA Record Book cites the Minnesota
Golden Gophers, the Texas Longhorns, and the Alabama Crimson Tide as the three teams selected
as national champions in 1941. The Tuscaloosa News described the 1941 Alabama
Crimson Tide as the university’s best team since the 1934 Rose Bowl Championship Team. The September 11, 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated
lists Alabama’s 1941 squad as national champion based on Alabama’s strength of schedule relative
to Minnesota’s and because of the early final AP Poll. 1961 – The 1961 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. Led by quarterback Pat Trammell, linebacker
Lee Roy Jordan and two–way lineman Billy Neighbors, Alabama outscored their opponents
297–25. Alabama was then invited to play the #9–ranked
Arkansas Razorbacks in the January 1, 1962 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant’s team defeated the Razorbacks
10–3 to finish the season 11–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Mike
Fracchia. The 1961 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by the AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll. 1964 – The 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–0–0, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. Alabama was led by quarterback Joe Namath. Alabama was then invited to play the Texas
Longhorns in the January 1, 1965 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant’s team lost to the Longhorns
21–17 to finish the season 10–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was Joe
Namath. The 1964 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll prior to bowl games. The AP Poll waited until after the bowl games
to select their champion for the 1965 season. 1965 – The 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 8–1–1, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. The Tide lost to Georgia and tied Tennessee
during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play Nebraska
in the January 1, 1966 Orange Bowl. Coach Bryant’s team defeated the Cornhuskers
39–28 to finish the season 9–1–1. The outstanding player of the game was Steve
Sloan. The 1965 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by the AP Poll. 1973 – The 1973 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. Alabama was then invited to play Notre Dame
in the December 31, 1973 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant’s team lost to the Fighting Irish
24–23 to finish the season 11–1–0. The 1973 Alabama football team was selected
national champion in the final regular season Coaches’ Poll, which was finalized prior to
the post-season bowl games. The Coaches’ Poll began selecting their champion
after the bowl games starting in 1974. The post-bowl game AP Poll ranked Alabama
4th, and selected Notre Dame as its national champion. 1978 – The 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 10–1–0, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. The Tide defeated #10–ranked Nebraska 20–3,
and defeated #11–ranked Missouri 38–20, and lost to #7-ranked Southern California
24–14, during the regular season. The #2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide was then
invited to play the #1–ranked Penn State in the January 1, 1979 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant’s team defeated the Nittany Lions
14–7 to finish the season 11–1–0. The outstanding player of the game was linebacker
Barry Krauss. Alabama was selected national champion by
the AP Poll, and Southern California was selected national champion by the Coaches’ Poll. 1979 – The 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Bear Bryant, completed the regular season 11–0–0, winning the Southeastern
Conference championship. The Tide defeated #18–ranked Tennessee 27–17,
and defeated #14–ranked Auburn 25–18 during the regular season. Alabama was then invited to play #6–ranked
Arkansas in the January 1, 1980 Sugar Bowl. Coach Bryant’s team defeated the Razorbacks
24–9 to finish the season 12–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was running
back Major Ogilvie. The 1979 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll. 1992 – The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Gene Stallings, completed the regular season 11–0–0. They then defeated #12–ranked Florida in
the inaugural SEC Championship Game, defeating the Gators 28–21; the win gave Alabama its
20th SEC title and a record of 12–0–0. Alabama was then invited to play #1–ranked
Miami, led by Heisman trophy winner Gino Torretta, in the January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl. Coach Stallings’ team defeated the Hurricanes
34–13 to finish the season 13–0–0. The outstanding player of the game was Derrick
Lassic. The 1992 Alabama football team was awarded
the national championship by the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll. 2009 – The 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Nick Saban, finished with a 12–0 regular season. In the 12 wins, the Crimson Tide defeated
four teams that were ranked at the time, including an opening day victory over No. 7 Virginia
Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The team headed back to the Georgia Dome in
December to face off against #1 Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The Crimson Tide defeated the Gators 32–13
in a rematch of the previous year’s championship. Alabama then traveled to Pasadena to face
#2-ranked Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. Alabama’s Heisman Trophy-winning running back,
Mark Ingram, rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 37–21 win. This was Alabama’s first victory over Texas
(1–7–1). Ingram was named the game’s offensive MVP
in Alabama’s first BCS victory. The 2009 Alabama football team was selected
national champion by the AP and Coaches’ Polls. The 2009 squad became the first FBS division
team to defeat six teams ranked in the AP top 25 during one season and received a record
six first team AP All-America selections. The 2009 team finished with a perfect 14–0
record, an all-time highest number of wins in a season for Alabama. 2011 – The 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was to LSU in
overtime 9–6. The team did not play in the SEC Championship
Game because of that loss, but won convincingly in its final three regular-season games and
earned a No. 2 ranking in the BCS poll. For their final regular season game, Alabama
defeated rival Auburn 42-14. Alabama, led by Heisman trophy finalist Trent
Richardson, then qualified to play No. 1 ranked LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship
Game. Coach Saban’s team defeated the Tigers 21–0
and finished the season 12–1. Jeremy Shelley had a bowl record-tying five
field goals in the game, and the game’s offensive MVP was AJ McCarron, and the defensive MVP
was Courtney Upshaw. With the win, Alabama became the first team
to shutout its opponent in a BCS bowl game. In addition to winning the BCS National Championship,
the AP also awarded its national title to Alabama for the 8th time. 2012 – The 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Nick Saban, completed the regular season 11–1. The only loss of the season was against Texas
A&M 29–24. Despite the loss, Alabama won the SEC Western
division and went to the 2012 SEC Championship Game, where they defeated Georgia 32–28
for the 23rd conference championship in school history. Alabama earned a No. 2 ranking in the final
BCS rankings for the second straight year and as a result qualified for the 2013 BCS
National Championship Game against No. 1 Notre Dame. Alabama defeated the Fighting Irish 42–14,
finished the season 13–1, and the game’s offensive MVP was Eddie Lacy, and the defensive
MVP was C.J. Mosley. Alabama became the third team in history to
win three national championships in a four-year period. This was Alabama’s 9th AP national championship
and 10th wire-service championship. 2015 – The 2015 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11–1. Their only loss was to Ole Miss 43–37. They won the SEC Western Division title with
a record of 7–1, defeating rivals LSU and Tennessee en route, and then defeated Florida
29–15 in the SEC Championship. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the second
consecutive season. After falling short in the semifinals against
Ohio State in 2014, Alabama defeated the Michigan State Spartans 38–0 in the Cotton Bowl to
advance to the Championship Game. Alabama beat the Clemson Tigers 45–40 and
won the 2015 FBS national championship. Alabama’s Heisman Trophy-winning running back
Derrick Henry rushed for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns. This victory gave Coach Nick Saban his fifth
national title, including four in the last seven seasons. 2017 – The 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide football
team, coached by Nick Saban, finished the regular season 11-1. Their only loss was at Auburn 26-14. They won a share of the SEC Western Division
title with a record of 7-1. Alabama returned to the playoffs for the fourth
consecutive season. Alabama avenged the previous season’s only
loss in the National Championship game to Clemson with a 24-6 win in the Sugar Bowl. The Tide advanced to the Championship game
for the third year in a row. Alabama defeated SEC opponent Georgia 26-23
in overtime. The victory gave Nick Saban his sixth national
title, tying him with Paul W. Bryant for most all time. It’s also Alabama’s fifth title in the last
nine seasons.===Conference championships===
Alabama has won a total of 31 conference championships; this includes 4 Southern Conference and 27
SEC Championships. Alabama captured its 4 Southern Conference
titles in 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1930. Alabama captured the first SEC title in 1933
and has won a total of 26 SEC Championships (1933, 1934, 1937, 1945, 1953, 1961, 1964,
1965, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1992, 1999,
2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). The school has won more SEC football titles
than any other school, including seven since the conference split into separate divisions
and added the Championship Game in 1992. Alabama is the only SEC school to win an SEC
Championship in every decade since the conference was founded in 1933.===Divisional championships===
The SEC has been split into two divisions since the 1992 season. Alabama competes in the SEC West. Alabama has won or shared 14 division titles,
and has posted a 8–4 record in the SEC Championship Game as of 2018.==Individual accomplishments=====
First team All-Americans===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 131 players honored 153 times
as first team All-Americans (74 consensus) in its history, including 18 players honored
twice and two players (Cornelius Bennett and Woodrow Lowe) who were honored three times
as a First Team All-American.The most recent All-Americans from Alabama came after the
2018 season, when Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher, Quinnen
Williams and Deionte Thompson were each named First Team All-America by various selectors.===College Football Hall of Fame inductees
===In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame
opened in South Bend, Indiana. Since then, Alabama has had 21 players and
4 former coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame. Alabama had two members inducted into the
inaugural 1951 class—Don Hutson and Frank Thomas.===Award winners=======
Overall========Positional========Other========Coaching=======
Heisman Trophy===On December 12, 2009, Mark Ingram became Alabama’s
first Heisman Trophy winner. In the closest race ever, he edged out Stanford
running back Toby Gerhart by 28 points. Other notable finishes for an Alabama player
occurred in 1993, when David Palmer finished 3rd in the Heisman voting and when AJ McCarron
finished as runner-up for the 2013 season. Derrick Henry became Alabama’s second Heisman
trophy winner on December 12, 2015.Top 5 finishes for Alabama players:===SEC 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===The main rivalry of the Crimson Tide is against
its in-state rival, Auburn University; considered one of the top rivalries in all of sports. The Alabama-Auburn game has come to be known
as the Iron Bowl. 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. 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. In the following contest, Auburn shocked Alabama
with a 14–13 victory, which is credited with helping revive the series.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 recent meeting 52-21 in Tuscaloosa
and currently leads the series at 46-36-1.===Tennessee===Despite the heated in-state rivalry with Auburn,
Bear Bryant was more adamant about defeating his rivals to the north, the Tennessee Volunteers. The series is named the Third Saturday in
October, the traditional calendar date on which the game was played. Despite the name, the game has only been played
on the third Saturday five times between 1995–2007. The first game between the two sides was played
in 1901 in Birmingham, ending in a 6–6 tie. From 1902 to 1913, Alabama dominated the series,
only losing once, and never allowing a touchdown by the Volunteers. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was first played
on its traditional date and began to be a challenge for the Crimson Tide as Robert Neyland
began challenging Alabama for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings. 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.Between 1971–1981, Alabama held an eleven-game winning streak over the
Volunteers and, between 1986–1994, a nine-game unbeaten streak. However, following Alabama’s streak, Tennessee
responded with a seven-game winning streak from 1995–2001. Alabama has won the last 12 meetings from
2007–2018, a new record. Alabama won the most recent meeting 58-21
in Knoxville, and leads the series 56-38–7.===LSU===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. The teams did not regularly meet until the
mid-1960s during Alabama’s dominance of the SEC. Between 1971–1981, the Crimson Tide won
11 consecutive times. In the 1969 game, LSU defeated Alabama 20–15
in Baton Rouge. Alabama did not lose again in Baton Rouge
until 2000. In 2007, the meeting was more heated following
Alabama’s hiring of head coach Nick Saban, who previously coached at LSU. With the hiring, many media outlets dubbed
the 2007 meeting as the “Saban Bowl”. 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 29-0 in
Baton Rouge and leads the head-to-head series 53-25–5.===Other rivalries===
Alabama’s most played opponent is Mississippi State. The rivalry has been called the “Battle for
Highway 82” with the schools separated by only about 90 miles. Alabama has dominated the series with wins
in 83 of the 103 meetings. Alabama also maintains a rivalry with the
Ole Miss Rebels. It is one of the most lopsided rivalries in
college football, with Alabama having won 53 of the 65 meetings. In recent years, Alabama has developed what
some consider to be a rivalry with the Clemson Tigers. In the build-up to the 2018 Sugar Bowl, players
and coaches from both teams referred to the series as a “respectful” rivalry. There are numerous connections between the
two programs. Clemson’s top three winningest head coaches,
Frank Howard, Dabo Swinney, and Danny Ford, all played at Alabama, as did Clemson coaches
Hootie Ingram and Charley Pell. Alabama and Clemson have played first in 1900
and most recently in 2018, with Alabama winning 14 of the 18 games. The series escalated into a rivalry when the
teams met in the College Football Playoff in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons.===Former rivalries===
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were at one time considered Alabama’s arch rival. 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. Dodd cited this feud as the primary impetus
for Georgia Tech leaving the SEC three years later. 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 those Yellow Jackets to a watery grave.” 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 fifteen meetings between the two schools have featured both teams ranked
in the Top 10 – 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 2018 season:==Bowl games==
This is a partial list of the ten most recent bowl games Alabama competed in. For the full Alabama bowl game history, see
List of Alabama Crimson Tide bowl games. Overall bowl record: 40-25-3 (68 games)==Alabama and the NFL=====
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.===Currently in the National Football League
=====
Coaching staff====
Media==During the football season, the Crimson Tide
Sports Network (CTSN) broadcasts multiple shows on gameday for most sports. The network includes more than sixty radio
stations across the country. Radio stations WFFN-FM, WTSK-AM as a backup,
broadcast all home games in the Tuscaloosa area.Football radio broadcasts begin three
hours prior to the game’s designated kickoff time with Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts in
Around the SEC. The radio broadcast then moves to the Crimson
Tide Tailgate Party hosted by Tom Roberts. 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. For the 2008 season, former Alabama players
and personalities were brought on to provide guest commentary for each broadcast. Current radio staff:
Eli Gold – play-by-play John Parker Wilson – color analyst
Rashad Johnson – sideline reporter Chris Stewart, Tyler Watts – pre- and post-game
show co-host Tom Roberts – director of broadcasting
Tom Stipe, Butch Owens, Brian Roberts – producersStewart and Watts also provide play-by-play and color
commentary respectively for CTSN pay-per-view television broadcasts. Former radio staff: Bert Bank, founder of the Alabama Football
Network, producer emeritus John Forney, play-by-play
Jerry Duncan, sideline reporter Paul Kennedy, play-by-play
Doug Layton, color analyst Ken Stabler, color analyst==
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.===Non-conference opponents===
Source: The 2018 game against Louisville will be part
of the Camping World Kickoff held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The 2019 game against Duke will be part of
the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The 2020 game against USC will be part of
the Advocare Classic held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 2021 game against Miami will be part of
the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.==See also==
Alabama Crimson Tide home football stadiums University of Alabama traditions==Notes

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