To begin with, Alabama has been rated first in the AP Poll at some point in each of the previous nine seasons, dating back to 2008, Saban's second season in Tuscaloosa. During that period, the Tide has topped the rankings 44 times, while no other institution has done so more than 15 times.
In addition to its 9-season run as number one in the AP Poll, Alabama has also held the top spot during parts of 5-year periods in 2004-08 and again this year under Tagovailoa. The Crimson Tide is the only team to ever hold both the AP and Coaches' Poll titles at the same time. It did so in January 1977 after winning the College Football Championship the prior December behind an undefeated season that included a 31-0 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
Currently, there are 17 teams in the AP Poll, which will select its champion on Monday, November 18. If Alabama maintains its ranking as the No. 1 vote getter, it will receive all 130 votes from the panel. A final poll will be released just before the BCS Championship Game on Wednesday, January 7.
The Crimson Tide is the most successful program in college football history. Under Saban, Alabama has won more games than any other school, including Nebraska, Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee.
As a result, Alabama's official record is 2-6. (1-4). On December 1, 2007, all games were played. The rankings are based on the Week 14 AP Poll, which was released prior to the games. The rankings are from the AP Poll for Week 15. Records are shown cumulatively, not individually.
In 2006, Alabama finished with a 6-6 record. In 2005, Alabama finished with an 8-5 record. In 2004, Alabama finished with a 9-3 record. In 2003, Alabama finished with a 7-6 record. In 2002, Alabama finished with a 9-2 record. In 2001, Alabama finished with a 9-1 record. In 2000, Alabama finished with a 10-1 record. As a freshman in 1999, Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy. In 1998, Donnie Abraham led the Crimson Tide with nine interceptions. In 1997, Jeremy Johnson scored six touchdowns. In 1996, Derrick Thomas recorded five sacks. In 1995, Marcus Randall had 69 tackles and three interceptions. In 1994, Mike Pringle had 55 tackles and two interceptions. In 1993, Will Allen blocked a field goal attempt as time ran out. In 1992, Roland Brooks returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown. In 1991, Mark Duper led the team in receptions with 49. In 1990, Alvin Harper had eight interceptions. In 1989, Keith Barnett had 57 tackles and three interceptions.
Alabama has a winning record versus every SEC school, present and previous. With 57 final AP Poll appearances through the 2019 season, Alabama is ranked fourth all-time by the Associated Press (AP). The Crimson Tide's current head coach is Nick Saban who has won a total of 26 games in three seasons at Alabama. His overall record is.750 (226-75).
In addition to its four National Championships, Alabama has 28 conference titles to its name. The Crimson Tide last failed to win their division in 1999 when they finished second in the Southern Conference. They have been either first or second in the league every year since then except for 2003 when Alabama was replaced by South Carolina as the conference's pre-eminent team.
Currently, Alabama plays in the SEC West Division. The Crimson Tide has never played in any other division during its time in the SEC. Bama will face off against Georgia in its opening game on August 31 at 3:30 PM CT on ESPN.
The winner of the Alabama vs. Georgia game will play Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. The loser will likely end up playing Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 1st.
Overall, the Alabama Crimson Tide are one of the most successful programs in college football history.
Alabama. Most recently, he was ranked first in the 2002-03 season. The Crimson Tide held the top spot for only two weeks during the 2002-03 season. Alabama went on to win its second national title that year.
The Crimson Tide's next highest ranking came in 1969 when they were listed as number two in the country. That was before NCAA tournament play began so most likely this was just before the start of the season when polls started being published.
There have been other seasons where Alabama has been ranked in the top five but never at the top spot.
This will be the first time that any Alabama player will be ranked number one since Charles Barkley was voted college basketball's most outstanding player in 1983. He led the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins to their third straight National Championship victory over the Magic Johnson and Michigan State Spartans.
Barkley played three years for UCLA and averaged more than 20 points per game each season he appeared in school history. He left UCLA after graduating in 1987 with a degree in political science.
The last Alabama player to be ranked number one was Charles Barkley who was chosen by his peers as the best player in college basketball in 1983.
There are six national championships. The Alabama football team plays its home games at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Under Saban, their overall official record is 165-23 (.878), 19 bowl game appearances with 14 victories, eight SEC West crowns, seven SEC championships, and six national championships.
He arrived at Alabama in 2007 after three successful years as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. During his time at Miami, he led the team to a 26-30 record and made the playoffs twice. He also achieved two 10-plus win seasons and one 9-7 mark. He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the Dolphins to a 10-6 record while throwing only three passes all year long.
Before becoming the Dolphins' coach, Saban was the youngest head coach in college football history when he took over a young Florida State team in 2001. In his first season, he led the Seminoles to a 12-1 record and their first No. 1 ranking ever. They lost their only regular-season game that year but beat Virginia in the 2000 National Championship Game.
Under Saban, Alabama has won more than half of its games each year since he has been coaching them. He has also led the Crimson Tide to eight SEC West titles and seven SEC Championships during that time. He has won at least ten games in five out of six years at Alabama.
Despite the fact that Alabama is the sport's dominant force, Oklahoma has only lost to the Tide once in five games, won three times. The following are the previous five encounters between the Crimson Tide and the Sooners. Oklahoma leads the series 3-1-1.
Meanwhile, Alabama's passing offense came close to winning the game. On 16/20 throwing, John Parker Wilson threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to Saban's arrival at Alabama, the series was extremely close, with the Tide having a 10-7 lead.
The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs now meet twice every 12 years in the regular season. Alabama has a 7-3 record against Georgia since 1992, including three postseason games, all of which the Tide have won. The last time these two teams met was 2016, where Alabama beat Georgia 33-16 at Tuscaloosa.
These two teams are among the most successful in college football history. With his victory over Auburn in 2013, Bama quarterback AJ McCarron became just the third player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards while also rushing for 1,500 yards. The other two players to do so are George Blanda (Kansas City Chiefs) and Bo Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is one of many former Alabama assistants who have been able to turn around programs at their previous employer. He replaced Nick Saban after the 2015 season and has led Georgia back to the top of college football. Smart is the first Georgia coach not named Saban to lead his team to a SEC title game appearance. He lost to Alabama 31-28 in 2018.
These two teams have played each other frequently throughout history. They first met on October 19, 1892, with Georgia winning 6-0 in Athens. This was the only meeting between these two schools up until 1947 when they met again in Atlanta's Coliseum.