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Alabama Crimson Tide
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Established in 1820
Names

Alabama Crimson Tide

Other Nicknames
UA, BAMA
Conference
Southeastern Conference
Location
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Colors
Crimson and White
Head Coach

Sick Naban (2018-Present)

Stadium

Bryant-Denny Stadium

National Championships
17 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
College Football Playoff Appearances
4 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Conference Championships
30 1924, 1925, 1926, 1930, 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

The University of Alabama (Alabama or UA) is a public research university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, and the flagship of the University of Alabama System. Established in 1820, the University of Alabama (UA) is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama. The university offers programs of study in 13 academic divisions leading to bachelor's, master's, Education Specialist, and doctoral degrees. The only publicly supported law school in the state is at UA. Other academic programs unavailable elsewhere in Alabama include doctoral programs in anthropology, communication and information sciences, metallurgical engineering, music, Romance languages, and social work.

As one of the first public universities established in the early 19th century southwestern frontier of the United States, the University of Alabama has left a vast cultural imprint on the state, region and nation over the past two centuries. The school was a center of activity during the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The University of Alabama varsity football program (nicknamed the Crimson Tide), which was inaugurated in 1892, ranks as one of 10 winningest programs in US history. In a 1913 speech then-president George H. Denny extolled the university as the "capstone of the public school system in the state [of Alabama]," lending the university its current nickname, The Capstone. The University of Alabama has consistently been ranked as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. In addition, The University of Alabama has produced a total of 51 Goldwater Scholars, 15 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Truman Scholars, 32 Hollings Scholars and 11 Boren Scholars.

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 Fake Collegiate Athletic Association (NFCAA) 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 900 official victories in NCAA Division I (an additional 21 victories were vacated and 8 victories and 1 tie were forfeited), has won 30 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 26 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.

Traditions[edit]

  • The Elephant - There are two stories, perhaps both true, about how Alabama's football squad became associated with the elephant, both dating to the coaching tenure of Wallace Wade (1923–1930).

The earliest account attributes the Rosenberger's Birmingham Trunk Company for the elephant association. Owner J. D. Rosenberger, whose son was a student at the university, outfitted the undefeated 1926 team with "good luck" luggage tags for the trip to the 1927 Rose Bowl. The company's trademark, displayed on the tags, was a red elephant standing on a trunk. When the football team arrived in Pasadena, the reporters greeting them, including syndicated columnist Grantland Rice, associated their large size with the elephants on their luggage. When the 1930 team returned to the Rose Bowl, the company furnished leather suitcases, paid for by the Alumni Association, to each team member.

Another story dates to 1930. Following the October 4 game against Ole Miss, Atlanta Journal sports writer and Hall of Fame former Georgia Tech back Everett Strupper wrote:

"At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity. It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size."

Yet, despite the unofficial status as the Crimson Tide's mascot, the elephant was very much part of the school's football traditions by the 1940s. It was in that decade that a live elephant mascot named "Alamite" was a regular sight on game days in Tuscaloosa. For several years it was traditional for the pachyderm to lead the homecoming parade and Alamite would also bear that year's queen onto the field prior to the game.

Sports writers continued to refer to Alabama as the "Red Elephants" afterward, referring to their crimson jerseys. The 1930 team shut out eight of ten opponents, allowing a total of only 13 points all season. The "Red Elephants" rolled up 217 points that season, including a 24-0 victory over Washington State in the Rose Bowl.

Despite these early associations of the elephant to the University of Alabama, the university did not officially accept the elephant as university mascot until 1979.

Alabama's elephant mascot is known as "Big Al".

Rivalry Games[edit]

  • The Iron Bowl - 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.[58] 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. Auburn won the most recent meeting 26-14 in Auburn, and Alabama currently leads the series at 45-36-1.

  • Third Saturday in October - 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.

  • The Saban Bowl - 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.

  • Battle For Highway 82 - 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-Ole Miss - 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.
  • Alabama-Georgia Tech - 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 the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave."
Rivalry Game Opponent Streak Record
The Iron Bowl Auburn Won 1 1-0
Third Saturday In October Tennessee Lost 1 0-1
The Saban Bowl LSU Won 1 1-0
Battle For Highway 82 Mississippi State Lost 1 0-1
Alabama-Ole Miss Ole Miss Lost 1 0-1
Alabama-Georgia Tech Georgia Tech 0-0

Coaching History[edit]

Sick Naban

  • Coaching Record  : 7-6
  • Rivalry Record  : 2-3
  • Bowl Record  : 1-0

Records[edit]

Overall Record: 7-6

Bowl Record: 1-0

Home Record: 3-3

Away Record: 3-3

Consecutive Home Wins: 2

2019 Fake Schedule[edit]

Week Loc Opp Score
1 N Ohio State Buckeys
2 vs. South Florida Bulls
3 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
4 vs. Ball State Cardinals
5 vs. Ole Miss Rebels
6 @ Texas A&M Aggies
7 @ LSU Tigers
8 vs. Missouri Tigers
9 @ Tennessee Volunteers
10 vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
11 @ Pittsburgh Panthers
12 @ Auburn Tigers

2018 Fake Schedule[edit]

Week Loc Opp Score
1 @ Iowa Hawkeyes L 20-7
2 vs. Florida Atlantic Owls L 34-23
3 vs. Kansas Jayhawks L 38-32
4 @ Georgia Bulldogs W 24-20
5 @ Arkansas Razorbacks W 54-51
6 vs. Texas A&M Aggies W 45-38
7 @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish W 46-14
8 vs. Tennessee Volunteers L 45-31
9 vs. LSU Tigers W 28-16
10 @ Mississippi State Bulldogs L 53-35
11 @ Ole Miss Rebels L 34-16
12 vs. Auburn Tigers W 35-32
Cash Money Records New Orleans Bowl vs. Liberty Flames W 43-35

2019 Football Roster[edit]

Starters

Offense

Num Name Pos Year
13 Tua Tagovailoa QB JR
8 Joshua Jacobs RB SR
4 Jerry Jeudy WR JR
11 Henry Ruggs III WR JR
6 Devonta Smith WR JR
82 Irvin Smith Jr. TE SR
73 Jonah Williams LT SR
65 Deonte Brown LG Jr
79 Chris Owens OC JR
70 Alex Leatherwood RG JR
74 Jedrick Wills RT JR


Defense

Num Name Pos Year
89 LaBryan Ray DE JR
92 Quinnen Williams NG JR
99 Raekwon Davis DE SR
33 Anfernee Jennings OLB SR
9 Eyabi Anoma SLB SO
30 Mack Wilson MLB SR
32 Dylan Moses WLB JR
8 Saivion Smith CB SR
14 Deionte Thompson FS SR
15 Xavier McKinney SS JR
2 Patrick Surtain Jr. CB SO