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Day -1: Alabama Crimson Tide



Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Crimson Tide: Comes from the 1907 Iron Bowl, the game was played in red mud, staining Alabama's white jerseys crimson.

Introduction: Started play in 1892. By 1902 they were a Division I Independent. In 1921 they joined the Southern Conference as founding members, and in 1933 were one of the breakaway teams to found the SEC,

Biggest achievement: Alabama claims 16 National Championships

1925, under HoF coach Wallace Wade they went 10-0, winning the Southern and the Rose Bowl vs Washington. They would be named HELMS and NCF National Champions.

1926, Wade's 4th season, they went 9-0-1, winning the Southern, but tying the Rose Bowl vs Stanford, who they would be named co-National Champions by HELMS and NCF alongside.

1930, Wade's 8th and final season, they would go 10-0, winning the Southern and the Rose Bowl vs Washington State, Notre Dame (10-0) would be named HELMS and NCF national champions.

1934, under HoF coach Frank Thomas they would go 10-0, winning the SEC and the Rose Bowl vs Stanford. Minnesota would be named HELMS and NCF National Champions.

1941, Thomas' 11th season, they would go 9-2, finishing 2nd in the SEC, but winning the Cotton Bowl vs Texas A&M. They would finish #20 in the AP poll, behind National Champion Minnesota, and SEC foes Mississippi State (champions), Georgia, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

1961, under HoF coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, they went 11-0, winning the SEC, the Sugar Bowl (vs Arkansas) and the AP National Championship.

1964, in Bryant's 7th season, they would go 10-1, winning the SEC, losing the Orange Bowl to Texas, but winning the AP National Championship.

1965, Bryant's 8th season, they would go 9-1-1, winning the SEC, the Orange Bowl vs Nebraska, and finishing #1 in the AP. Their only loss on the season came to Georgia, and the tie vs Tennnessee.

1973, Bryant's 16th season, they would go 11-1, winning the SEC, but losing the Sugar Bowl vs Notre Dame. They would finish #4 in the AP behind National Champions Notre Dame.

1978, Bryant's 21st season, they would go 11-1, winning the SEC and the Sugar Bowl vs Penn State. They would finish #1 in the AP. Their only loss on the season would come to Southern California.

1979, Bryant's 22nd season, they would go 12-0, winning the SEC and the Sugar Bowl vs Arkansas. They would finish #1 in the AP.

1992, in HoF coach Gene Stallings 3rd season they would go 13-0, winning the SEC and the Sugar Bowl vs Miami (FL). They would finish #1 in the AP.

2009, under current HC Nick Saban they would go 14-0, winning the SEC Championship game vs Florida and the BCS National Championship game vs Texas.

2011, Saban's 5th year, they would go 12-1, losing the latest regular season "Game of The Century" as #2 against #1 LSU, and so missing out on the SEC championship game. They would go on to face LSU in the National Championship game, winning 21-0, and with it the BCS National Championship.

2012, Saban's 6th year, they would go 13-1, winning the SEC championship game vs Georgia, and the BCS National Championship game vs Notre Dame. Their only defeat would come to a Johnny Football lead Texas A&M.

2015, Saban's 9th year, they would go 14-1, winning the SEC championship game vs Florida, the CFP National Semi final/Cotton Bowl vs Michigan State and the CFP National Championship Game vs Clemson. Their only loss would come to Ole Miss for the 2nd consecutive year.

Biggest Failure: The Jennings Whitworth era, over a 3 year period (1955-1957) they recorded 3 consecutive losing seasons, to go along with 1954, they also recorded their only zero win season (1955, 0-10). Alabama has had no other back to back losing seasons in their history.

Rivals: Auburn, "The Iron Bowl". Located 156 miles apart, the two first played in 1893 and have meet every year since 1948, of the 81 meeting Alabama leads 45–35–1. From 1948-1988 the game was played in Birmingham, which has a large roll in the steel industry, hence the name of the series.

Tennessee, "Third Saturday in October", located 310 miles apart, the two first meet in 1901, and have meet every year since 1944, Alabama leads, 53–38–7. The winner of the game receives "Victory Cigars" in direct violation of NCAA rules (they self report the violation).

LSU, located 350 miles apart, the two first meet in 1895, and have played every year since 1964, including twice in the 2011 season, the only BCS National Championship game played between two schools from the same conference. Of the 81 meetings Alabama leads 51–25–5.

Mascot: Big Al, a costumed elephant



Why an elephant? Either because of a truck company owned by J. D. Rosenberger, which provided the luggage for the 1926 team's trip to the Rose Bowl, they attached a tag to each bearing the company's logo of an elephant standing on it's trunk. Or because of an article in the Atlanta journal after a game with Ole Miss, which featured the quote:

"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."

Colours: Crimson and White

Traditions: Rammer Jammer Yellowhammer chant, the Rammer Jammer is the school newspaper, the Yellowhammer dates back to the civil war, when confederate troops from Alabama would attach yellow cloth to their uniforms. Alabama is now known as the Yellowhammer state.

The cadence of the cheer was adapted from the Ole Miss cheer "Hotty Toddy".

Head coach: Nick Saban, former Kent State DB. He started coaching in 1973 as a GA at Kent State. In 1983 he became the DC at Michigan State. In 1990 after a two year stint as DB coach at the Houston Oilers he would be named HC of Toledo, where he would spend a single season before leaving to be the DC at the Cleveland Browns working under Bill Belichick. In 1995 he returned to Michigan State where he had spent 5 years as DC to become their HC. In 2000 after 5 seasons with Michigan State he left for the same role with LSU. After 5 years with LSU he left for the NFL and the Miami Dolphins HC job. After 2 years he returned to the SEC with Alabama.

His all time coaching record is 220-78-1, 205-61-1 at the FBS level and 114–19 at Alabama. He has won 5 National Championships during the BCS/CFP era, the most of any HC, with 2 more than Urban Meyer and 4 more than the 11 other coaches who have one each, it is also more than the entire ACC (4) and the same amount as the Big Ten, Pac 12 and Big 12 combined (5).

Alabama has 64 All Americans:

Fred Sington, L, 1930, College football HoF.

Bill Lee, L, 1934, NFL 1930s All decade.

Don Hutson, E, 1934, 8 time first team All Pro, 2 time NFL MVP, 1930s NFL All Decade, number retired by Green Bay Packers, Pro and College football HoF.

Lieutenant Commander Dixie Howell, B, 1934, College football HoF.

Riley Smith, B, 1935, College football HoF.

Vaughn Mancha, L, 1945, College football HoF.

Billy Neighbors, L, 1961, one time first team All Pro.

Lee Roy Jordan, L, 1962, one time first team All Pro, College football HoF.

Dennis Homan, E, 1967, Academic All American.

Johnny Musso, RB, 1971, College football HoF.

John Hannah, OL, 1972, 7 time first team All Pro, NFL 1970s and 1980s All Decade,number retired by the New England Patriots, Pro and College football HoF.

Woodrow Lowe, LB, 1974, College football HoF.

Leroy Cook, DL, 1974 and 1975.

Ozzie Newsome, WR, 1977, one time first team All Pro, 1980s NFL All Decade, Pro and College football HoF, current GM of the Baltimore Ravens.

Marty Lyons, DL, 1978, College football HoF.

Cornelius Bennett, LB, 1986, one time first team All Pro, NFL 1990s All Decade, College football HoF.

Derrick Thomas, LB, 1988, 2 time first team All Pro, NFL 1990s All Decade, number retired by Kansas City Chiefs, he holds the NFL single game record for sacks (7), Pro and College football HoF.

Mark Ingram, RB, 2009, 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner.

Terrence Cody, DL, 2008 and 2009.

Barrett Jones, OL, 2011 and 2012, academic All American.

C.J. Mosley, LB, 2012 and 2013.

Landon Collins, DB, 2014, one time first team All Pro.

Derrick Henry, RB, 2015, 2015 Heisman Trophy Award Winner.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, 2016, still active.

Other players of note:

Dwight Stephenson, C-T, 4 time first team All Pro, 1980s NFL All Decade, pro football HoF.

Julio Jones, WR, 2 time first team All Pro.

Harry Gilmer, #1 pick of the 1948 NFL Draft, College football HoF.

Stadium: Bryant–Denny Stadium, opened 1929, 102,000 capacity. Named after HoF HC Paul "Bear" Bryant and George H. Denny, the school's president from 1912 to 1932.

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Today is truly H. Thanks to everyone who has read along, thanks to Stu and Mick for contributing, and to quote Desmond from Lost

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Thanks for doing this, Kw! Very enjoyable and informative series...
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A truly legendary forum thread. Amazing work kw13 (and the other contributors).
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Just ran a word count, just on the team posts, runs out at 85,590 words, slightly longer than Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (85,141).
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A fantastic thread and a must read for any college football fan, great work kw (and others), I've enjoyed every post
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