Fueled by Sports http://www.fueledbysports.com Do Sports Fuel You? Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On this Day in Sports History April 29 http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-29/ http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-29/#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:01:26 +0000 http://fueledbysports.com/?p=8509 On this Day in Sports History April 29 MLB On this day in 1986, Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens struck out 20 batters to set a MLB record. Clemens led the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. On this day in 1996, New York Mets closer John Franco notched his […]

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On this Day in Sports History April 29

MLB

On this day in 1986, Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens struck out 20 batters to set a MLB record. Clemens led the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

On this day in 1996, New York Mets closer John Franco notched his 300th career save, becoming only the eighth player in Major League history to achieve the feat.

On this day in 2007, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history against the Atlanta Braves.

NBA

On this day in 1990, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 104-100, giving their coach Pat Riley his 100th career playoff win, breaking Red Auerbach’s record of 99.

On this day in 2004, the Boston Celtics announced that Doc Rivers would be their next head coach.

NFL

On this day in 2010, Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Walter Jones announced his retirement.  Jones was a nine-time Pro Bowler.

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On this Day in Sports History April 28 http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-28/ http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-28/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:01:37 +0000 http://fueledbysports.com/?p=8468 On this Day in Sports History April 28 MLB On this day in 1961, Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn threw his second career no-hitter five days after his 40th birthday.  Spahn led the Braves to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. On this day in 1971, Atlanta Braves outfielder Hank Aaron joined Babe […]

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On this Day in Sports History April 28

MLB

On this day in 1961, Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn threw his second career no-hitter five days after his 40th birthday.  Spahn led the Braves to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.

On this day in 1971, Atlanta Braves outfielder Hank Aaron joined Babe Ruth and Willie Mays in the 600 home run club.

NBA

On this day in 1995, the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics, 124-77, making it the worse loss in the playoffs in Boston’s franchise history.

On this day in 2008, the Miami Heat named Erik Spoelstra the new head coach after Pat Riley stepped down.

NFL

On this day in 1961, the NFL decided on Canton, Ohio for the site of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

On this day in 2007, the Oakland Raiders picked LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the first pick in the Draft.

On this day in 2011, the Carolina Panthers picked Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first pick in the Draft

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T.J. Watt Scouting Report http://www.fueledbysports.com/t-j-watt-scouting-report/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:17:26 +0000 http://www.fueledbysports.com/?page_id=102116 T.J. Watt’s Info College: Wisconsin Class: Redshirt Junior Hometown: Pewaukee, Wisconsin Height: 6’4″ Weight: 252 Position: OLB Position Ranking:  40 Time: 4.69 T.J. Watt’s Scouting Report Strengths Ideal frame for the position Good size for the position Long arms Agile Athlete Quick initial burst Solid awareness Extremely talented pass rusher Playmaker Competitor Decent in coverage Instinctive Disruptive Work ethic Character […]

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T.J. Watt’s Info

College: Wisconsin
Class: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 252
Position: OLB
Position Ranking:  3
40 Time: 4.69

T.J. Watt’s Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Ideal frame for the position
  • Good size for the position
  • Long arms
  • Agile
  • Athlete
  • Quick initial burst
  • Solid awareness
  • Extremely talented pass rusher
  • Playmaker
  • Competitor
  • Decent in coverage
  • Instinctive
  • Disruptive
  • Work ethic
  • Character
  • High motor
  • Solid tackling technique
  • High football IQ
  • Good hand usage
  • Closing speed
  • High upside

Weaknesses

  • Not very experienced
  • Not very quick
  • He’s a good athlete but not elite for his position
  • Needs to improve against the run
  • Raw

Pro Comparison

Draft Projection

  • Late First to Early Second Round

Highlights

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On this Day in Sports History April 27 http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-27/ http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-27/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:01:56 +0000 http://fueledbysports.com/?p=8457 On this Day in Sports History April 27 MLB On this day in 1990, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Wally Backman accomplished the rare feat of going 6 for 6. On this day in 1996, Barry Bonds became the fourth player in major league history to join the 300 home run and 300 stolen base club. […]

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On this Day in Sports History April 27

MLB

On this day in 1990, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Wally Backman accomplished the rare feat of going 6 for 6.

On this day in 1996, Barry Bonds became the fourth player in major league history to join the 300 home run and 300 stolen base club.  He joined Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson.

On this day in 2003, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kevin Millwood threw his first career no-hitter, leading the Phillies to a 1-0 win over the Giants.

NBA

On this day in 1998, San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan won the Rookie of the Year award.

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Obi Melifonwu Scouting Report http://www.fueledbysports.com/obi-melifonwu-scouting-report/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:32:09 +0000 http://www.fueledbysports.com/?page_id=101717 Obi Melifonwu’s Info College: UConn Class: Redshirt Senior Hometown: South Grafton, Massachusetts Height: 6’4″ Weight: 224 Position: Safety Position Ranking:  40 Time: 4.40 Obi Melifonwu’s Scouting Report Strengths Elite size Freak athlete Good speed Instinctive Rare safety prospect with his size and speed Good in zone coverage Has the ability to take down bigger backs Fluid hips […]

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Obi Melifonwu’s Info

College: UConn
Class: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: South Grafton, Massachusetts
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 224
Position: Safety
Position Ranking:  3
40 Time: 4.40

Obi Melifonwu’s Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Elite size
  • Freak athlete
  • Good speed
  • Instinctive
  • Rare safety prospect with his size and speed
  • Good in zone coverage
  • Has the ability to take down bigger backs
  • Fluid hips
  • Good range
  • Solid against the run
  • Physical
  • Has the ability to be successful in man coverage
  • Quick feet
  • Can also play corner
  • Hard hitter
  • Versatile
  • Smart
  • Has the ability to make quick reads
  • Good closing speed
  • Quality tackler
  • High football IQ
  • Leaping ability
  • Plenty of potential
  • NFL ready

Weaknesses

  • Needs to improve tackling technique
  • Still raw
  • Too aggressive at times
  • Needs to be more consistent

Pro Comparison

Draft Projection

  • Mid First to Late Second Round

Highlights

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Kevin King Scouting Report http://www.fueledbysports.com/kevin-king-scouting-report/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:05:06 +0000 http://www.fueledbysports.com/?page_id=101705 Kevin King’s Info College: Washington Class: Senior Hometown: Oakland, California Height: 6’3″ Weight: 200 Position: Cornerback Position Ranking:  40 Time: 4.43 Kevin King’s Scouting Report Strengths Great height for the position Fast Athletic Quick Ball hawk Fluid hips Good length Willing to help defend against the run Quick feet Good in zone coverage Excellent in man coverage […]

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Kevin King’s Info

College: Washington
Class: Senior
Hometown: Oakland, California
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 200
Position: Cornerback
Position Ranking:  2
40 Time: 4.43

Kevin King’s Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Great height for the position
  • Fast
  • Athletic
  • Quick
  • Ball hawk
  • Fluid hips
  • Good length
  • Willing to help defend against the run
  • Quick feet
  • Good in zone coverage
  • Excellent in man coverage
  • Effective in press man coverage
  • Extremely physical
  • Very instinctive
  • Ball skills
  • Good tackler
  • Can defend tall, physical receivers and tight ends
  • Rare mix of height and speed for his position
  • Good leaping ability
  • Extremely high upside

Weaknesses

  • Could afford to get stronger
  • Needs to improve his tackling technique
  • Change of direction
  • His play speed might be slower than his timed speed
  • While fast, he still might struggle against elite speed

Pro Comparison

Draft Projection

  • Mid First to Early Second Round

Highlights

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On this Day in Sports History April 26 http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-26/ http://www.fueledbysports.com/on-this-day-in-sports-history-april-26/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:01:20 +0000 http://fueledbysports.com/?p=8449 On this Day in Sports History April 26 MLB On this day in 1904, Ty Cobb made his pro baseball debut at the age of 17 in the South Atlantic League. On this day in 2004, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit 3 home runs and collected a career high 10 RBIs in […]

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On this Day in Sports History April 26

MLB

On this day in 1904, Ty Cobb made his pro baseball debut at the age of 17 in the South Atlantic League.

On this day in 2004, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit 3 home runs and collected a career high 10 RBIs in a 12-4 Yankees win over the Angels.

NBA

On this day in 1966, Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach retired.  He finished his career with nine NBA Championships.

NFL

On this day in 2003, the Cincinnati Bengals picked USC quarterback Carson Palmer with the first pick in the Draft.

On this day in 2008, the Miami Dolphins picked Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long with the first pick in the Draft.

On this day in 2013, the Green Bay Packers signed Aaron Rodgers to a five-year extension.

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On this Day in Sports History April 25

MLB

On this day in 1995, the 257-day strike ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers beating the Miami Marlins 8-7.

On this day in 1998, Cal Ripken played in his 2,500th consecutive game at Camden Yards.

On this day in 2001, San Diego Padres outfielder Rickey Henderson broke Babe Ruth all time walks record when he received his 2,063 base on balls.

NBA

On this day in 2006, Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was named NBA Coach of Year.  Johnson led the Mavs to the NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat.

NFL

On this day in 1999, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway announced that he would retire from the NFL after 16 seasons.

On this day in 2009, the Detroit Lions picked Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first pick in the Draft.

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10. Steadman Shealy

Shealy isn’t often regarded as one of the best Alabama quarterbacks and this might be due to the fact that he played in the wishbone offense. In 1979 he finished tenth in the Heisman voting while only throwing four touchdowns passes and completing just 45 of his attempts. What made him so great was his ability to run the wishbone offense. In his career he finished with 1,393 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 269 attempts, while completing 59-of-his-106 passing attempts for just 924 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

He was so good at running the offense that he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the 1979 National Championship, running right through all of their opponents in the process.

9. Jake Coker

Every Alabama fan in the country thought that Coker would be starting for the Tide to open the 2014 season, but Coker was beaten out by senior quarterback Blake Sims, who led the team to a 12-2 season. That proved to be the right move as it appeared that Coker wasn’t ready to take the helm quite yet.

The Tide had a tough time figuring out who their starting quarterback would be in 2015, but it was apparent that the job belonged to Coker after he almost rallied the team to a victory against Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide had decided to start Cooper Bateman, who struggled early and the team fell down 17-3. Coker came in with a little over six minutes left before halftime and immediately drove the team down the field for a touchdown. In the end his efforts weren’t enough as the Tide lost the game, 43-37, but it proved that Coker was the starter.

Coker would go onto lead the Tide to 12 straight wins and a National Championship over Clemson. He finished the season throwing for 3,110 yards on 263 completions and 21 touchdowns. Coker’s 3,110 passing yards are the second most in a single-season by an Alabama quarterback.

8. Steve Sloan

Sloan started his career as a back-up for Joe Namath in 1963, and then started off and on in 1964 after Namath went down with an injury. Sloan then led the Crimson Tide to the National Championship the following season, earning All-American honors in the process. He wasn’t the most skilled quarterback, but his ability to lead the Tide to a National Title and also taking over for an injured Namath propelled him on my list.

He completed 142-of-his-234 attempts for 2,027 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 438 yards and eight touchdowns on 213 carries.

7. Greg McElroy

McElroy, like so many other Nick Saban quarterbacks, knew how to manage the game. He wasn’t the most talented QB, but he knew how to win. He finished his career at Alabama 24-3 record as a starter. Most people probably don’t consider McElroy to be one of the best QBs in school history, but you have to give credit to the man who helped lead the Tide back into prominence.

McElroy completed 436-of-his-658 career passing attempts for 5,691 yards, 39 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s currently fifth in school history in career passing yards and fourth in career touchdowns.

6. Pat Trammell

Trammell was without a doubt one of the greatest quarterbacks of his generation. He might be best known for being the quarterback that started the incredible Paul “Bear” Bryant era, leading the Tide to a 26-2-4 during his time in Tuscaloosa. Trammell earned All-American honors in 1961, while guiding Alabama to their first National Title in 16 years.

He finished his career completing 117-of-his-225 attempts for 1,631, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran for 1,119 yards and 15 touchdowns on 307 carries.

5. Kenny Stabler

Stabler wasn’t the most physically talented quarterback to ever suit up for the Crimson Tide, but the “Snake” sure knew how to win, going 19-2-1 as a starter. In his first season as the starter in 1966 he led the Tide to an 11-0 record, but the team was snubbed by the voters and ended up finishing third in the final rankings. He’s probably most know for the “Run in the Mud,” where he took off for a 53-yard touchdown against Auburn to give the Crimson Tide a 7-3 win in the 1967 Iron Bowl.

Stabler finished his career at Alabama completing 180-of-his-303 attempts for 2,196 yards, 18 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also ran the ball for 838 yards and nine touchdowns on 265 carries.

4. Jay Barker

Barker is most remembered for leading the Crimson Tide to a perfect 13-0 season in 1992, with Alabama beating the Miami Hurricanes in the Sugar Bowl to give them their first National Championship since 1979. He played two more years after that, finishing with a 35-2-1 record as a starter, and winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and also earning a spot on the All-American team as a senior in 1994.

He finished his career completing 402-of-his-706 attempts for 5,689 yards, 26 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He’s currently ranked sixth in school history in career passing yards.

3. Harry Gilmer

Gilmer wasn’t just a quarterback, also playing defensive back and returning punts and kickoffs for the Crimson Tide. He finished with 54 total touchdowns during his career at Bama, 26 passing, 24 rushing, two punt returns, a kickoff return and an interception return.

Gilmer finished with a 30-9-2 record as a starter, leading the Tide to 10-0 season and Rose Bowl Championship in 1945. He was also named the MVP of the game. That same year, he led the nation in touchdowns passes (13) and was second in the nation in total offense (1,457).

2. Joe Namath

Namath is easily the greatest quarterback of the Bryant era, leading the Crimson Tide to the 1964 National Title and finished his career with a 29-4 record as a starter. He completed 54.3 of his passes for 2,713 yards, 24 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during his three years in Crimson. He also rushed for 563 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Namath would go on to be chosen first overall in the 1965 AFL Draft by the New York Jets and 12 overall in the 1965 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He ultimately chose the Jets, leading them to a Super Bowl III win.

1. A.J. McCarron

It’s hard to believe that more people don’t consider McCarron the best quarterback in the program’s historic history. He was on three National Championship teams, with him starting in two of them. He finished his career with a 34-3 record as a stater, winning the Maxwell Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and being named as a First-Team All-American in his senior season. McCarron also holds the school record for passing yards (9,019), passing touchdowns (77) and is first (30 in 2012) and tied for second (28 in 2013) in single-season passing touchdowns.

McCarron wasn’t a number one pick or even a first-round pick, but he led the Crimson Tide on one of the greatest runs in school history.

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Top 20 Alabama Football Teams of All Time http://www.fueledbysports.com/the-top-20-alabama-football-teams-of-all-time/ http://www.fueledbysports.com/the-top-20-alabama-football-teams-of-all-time/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:15:43 +0000 http://www.fueledbysports.com/?p=84164 20. 1925 (10-0, Southern Champion, National Champion) Wallace Wade led the Crimson Tide to their first National Championship with a 10-0 record, and one of the most dominant defenses in the era. Alabama shutout eight of their 10 opponents and gave up just 26 points the whole season, giving up seven points to Birmingham-Southern and 19 […]

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20. 1925 (10-0, Southern Champion, National Champion)

Top Alabama Football Teams of All Time

Wallace Wade led the Crimson Tide to their first National Championship with a 10-0 record, and one of the most dominant defenses in the era. Alabama shutout eight of their 10 opponents and gave up just 26 points the whole season, giving up seven points to Birmingham-Southern and 19 to Washington in the Rose Bowl. The Crimson Tide gave up an average of 2.6 points per game.

The offense also had a solid season running the single-wing scheme, scoring 29.7 points per game. Quarterback/fullback Pooley Hubert and halfback Johnny Mack Brown were both inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Schedule
1925 Football Schedule and Results

19. 2010 (10-3)

You can say that the 2010 team is one of the most talented teams in the Crimson Tide’s storied history and maybe even college football history, with future NFL players such as Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Chance Warmack, Marcell Dareus, Dont’a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, Dre Kirkpatrick and Mark Barron. The team was also coming off the school’s first National Title since 1992, but they seemed to just be missing the “it” factor that most Saban teams have had.

Alabama got off to a 5-0 start, but were upset by #19 South Carolina, 35-21, in early October. The team would rebound to win their next two games, but would lose a heartbreaker to the LSU Tigers in their next game. They would also lose to arch rival Auburn, 28-27 at home, after leading 21-0 after the first quarter and 24-7 at halftime. The Crimson Tide went on to play #7 Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl, beating the Spartans 49-7, proving all their critics wrong and showing the nation just how good the team really was.

The Tide’s defense finished the season ranked third in scoring defense (13.54 PPG), fifth in total defense (286.38 YPG), 10th in rushing defense (110.15 YPG) and 13th in passing defense (176.23 YPG). They also led the SEC in scoring and total defense.

On offense, Alabama ranked 18th in scoring offense (35.69 PPG), 22nd in total offense (444.08 YPG), 27th in passing offense (261.15 YPG) and 29th in rushing offense (182.92 YPG).

Schedule and Depth Chart
2010 Football Schedule and Results
2010 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

18. 1994 (12-1)

The 1994 team was a win away from potentially playing Nebraska for the National Title, but the team came up just short against Florida in the SEC Championship Game, 24-23. The Tide had a 23-17 lead after Dwayne Rudd took an interception back for a touchdown. The Gators would score with 5:29 left in the game after Alabama dropped a couple of interception opportunities, giving Florida the victory.

The Crimson Tide would beat Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl 24-17, finishing the season 12-1.

Alabama quarterback Jay Barker had a big season for the Tide, while playing with a hurt shoulder, winning the Johnny Unitas Award, which is given to the best quarterback in the country. He also had one of the best games of his career against Georgia, leading the Tide to a 29-28 victory over the Bulldogs in comeback fashion. That game is still one of the best to ever be played in Tuscaloosa.

Schedule
1994 Football Schedule and Results

17. 2014 (12-2, SEC Champion)

The 2014 team, like so many other Alabama teams, was so close to winning the National Title yet again. The Crimson Tide started the season ranked as the number two team in the country and got off to a quick 4-0 start before playing at Ole Miss. The Rebels would pull off the biggest upset in their school’s history, beating the Tide 23-17 and giving Alabama their first loss of the season.

The Crimson Tide would win their next eight games and cruise into the first ever College Football Playoff as the number one team in the country, after beating Missouri 42-13 in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama would take on Ohio State and most thought the Tide would roll all over the Buckeyes, especially with their third string quarterback (Cardale Jones) getting the start. The Crimson Tide would go up 21-6 with 8:07 remaining before halftime, when the Buckeyes woke up, scoring 28 straight points to go up 34-21. Alabama would fight back but would never take the lead again, losing the game, 42-35.

The Crimson Tide ranked fourth in rushing defense (102.43 YPG), sixth in scoring defense (18.4 PPG), 12th in total defense (328.4 YPG) and ranked 59th in passing defense (226.0 YPG).

On offense, they ranked 16th in scoring offense (36.9 PPG), 18th in total offense (484.5 YPG), 29th in passing offense (277.9 YPG) and 37th in rushing offense (206.64 YPG).

Schedule and Depth Chart
2014 Football Schedule and Results
2014 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

16. 1977 (11-1, SEC Champion)

When you think of the 1977 team, you think of the amazing Ozzie Newome receiving passes from Jeff Rutledge and the dynamic rushing attack of Johnny Davis and Tony Nathan. You might also think about the team that was upset by unranked Nebraska to start the season 1-1 and recovered to win 10 straight games, including an unbelievable win at #1 USC, 21-20. The Crimson Tide would finish the season ranked as the #2 team in the country, after blowing #9 Ohio State out, 35-6 in the Sugar Bowl.

Alabama wouldn’t win the National Title in 1977, but this season was the stepping stone toward the success the team would experience over the next few years.

Schedule
1977 Football Schedule and Results

15. 1965 (9-1-1, SEC Champion, National Champion)

The 1965 team was Paul “Bear” Bryant’s third National Championship team with the Crimson Tide. They weren’t as dominant as other championship teams, losing to Georgia to start the season and tying Tennessee on the Third Saturday in October, but the team still found a way to get the job done after close calls against Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Alabama went into their Orange Bowl matchup with Nebraska as the No. 4 team in the country and being crowned the National Champion looked like an improbable task for the Tide. It took No. 1 Michigan State falling to No. 5 UCLA and No. 2 Arkansas losing to unranked LSU for the Tide to have an opportunity. The Crimson Tide would go onto hand Nebraska their only loss of the year, beating them 39-28.

Schedule
1965 Football Schedule and Results

14. 1971 (11-1, SEC Champion)

Like so many other great Alabama teams, the 1971 team was just one win away from a National Title. This team had Alabama greats, John Hannah, Johnny Musso, Tom Surlas, Robin Parkhouse and Jeff Rouzie. Alabama upset No. 5 USC 17-10 to kickoff the season and would end up winning their next four games by a combined score of 162-12.

It was the first year running the wishbone offense for the Tide and would help them go 11-0 in the regular season, but they would end up getting blown out by No. 1 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 38-6.

Schedule
1971 Football Schedule and Results

13. 1964 (10-1, SEC Champion, National Champion)

Joe Namath struggled with knee injuries all season, after going down against NC State without being hit. Backup Steve Sloan would take over for Namath (he played while injured in a few games) and helped lead the team to a 10-0 regular season, before also going down with a knee injury in the final game of the regular season against Auburn.

Alabama was just one game from going undefeated with an Orange Bowl matchup against Texas looming. Namath was set to start, but suffered a knee injury again in practice, just four days before the game. Sloan got the start, but the Crimson Tide fell behind 14-0. Namath came into the game, with a bad knee, and got the Tide within inches of winning the game, coming up just short on a QB sneak. To this day, Namath says he scored on the final play. Alabama would lose by a score of 21-17, finishing the season 10-1.

Schedule
1964 Football Schedule and Results

12. 1934 (10-0, SEC Co-Champion, National Champion)

Alabama came into the 1934 season after going 7-1-1 and winning their first Southeastern Conference championship in 1933. The Crimson Tide had plenty of talent with players like quarterback Riley Smith, end Don Hutson, end Paul W. “Bear” Bryant, fullback Joe Demyanovich and halfback Dixie Howell. They also had one of the best young coaches in the nation in Frank Thomas, who had a 24-4-1 record at Alabama entering the season.

Alabama pretty much ran through their regular season schedule, blowing out Howard, Sweanee and Mississippi State to open up the season. Then they hosted Tennessee, who would give them their toughest battle of the year, but the Crimson Tide would remain unbeaten with a 13-6 victory. Alabama would go on to outscore their next five opponents (Georgia, Kentucky, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt) by a combined score of 174-20.

They then headed to the Rose Bowl to take on the Stanford Indians, who entered the game with a 9-0-1 record. Alabama would trail 7-0 early, but would score 22 points in the second quarter and another seven in the fourth quarter to give them a 29-13 win. It took the win over the Indians for the 10-0 Crimson Tide to be named the National Champion by some publications, with Minnesota also getting crowned as the Champion.

Alabama averaged 31.4 points per game, while allowing a measly 4.5 points per game. They finished with five shutouts and the most points they allowed in a single game was just 14 to Kentucky.

Schedule
1934 Football Schedule and Results

11. 1973 (11-1, SEC Champion, National Champion)

The Crimson Tide was so close to a perfect season, but an agonizing 24-23 loss to Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl ruined Alabama’s dreams of perfection. The team still got the No. 1 vote in the Coaches Poll, securing a National Title, but this team was so close to being undefeated and getting the consensus vote.

The Tide showcased one of the best offenses in the program’s history, averaging close to 40 points per game. Their offense featured a two quarterback system with Gary Rutledge and Richard Todd both receiving snaps. They also had a dominant rushing attack behind Wilbur Jackson and Randy Billingsley.

The Crimson Tide flew through the regular season, going 11-0, blowing out rivals Tennessee (42-12), LSU (21-7) and Auburn (35-0) during that span. Alabama was named regular season National Champions by the coaches poll and would have the opportunity to play Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl for the AP Championship.

Alabama scored a touchdown late to make it 23-17, pending the extra point, but kicker Bill Davis missed the PAT and Notre Dame went back down the field to score, giving them the AP National Championship.

The 1973 team looked a lot like the 2016 team, dominated all of their regular season games and lost in the final moments of the most important game of the season.

Schedule
1973 Football Schedule and Results

10. 2016 (14-1, SEC Champion)

The 2016 team was just a few minutes away from winning the National Championship when Deshaun Watson drove Clemson down the field, scoring a touchdown with just seconds remaining, giving the Tigers the 35-31 victory. This Crimson Tide team would have probably been called the greatest in school history (if not the greatest team ever) had they pulled off the win. Alabama was lead by freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts and one of the best defenses to ever take the field.

The Crimson Tide finished the season ranked first in scoring defense (13.0 PPG), tied for first in total defense (261.8 YPG), first in rushing defense (63.9 YPG) and 24th in passing defense (197.9 YPG).

On offense, they ranked 12th in rushing offense (245.0 YPG), 16th in scoring offense (38.8 PPG), 34th in total offense (455.3 YPG) and 87th in passing offense (210.3 YPG).

Schedule and Depth Chart
2016 Football Schedule and Results
2016 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

 9. 1978 (11-1, SEC Champion, National Champion)

The 1978 team had a tough road to a National Championship, playing five top-11 teams, beating four of them and only losing to No.7 USC early in the season. The Crimson Tide would finish the regular season with an 10-1 record and an opportunity to play Penn State in the Sugar Bowl for the AP National Championship.

The Nittany Lions entered the game with of the best defenses in the country and one of the best the program has ever had under Joe Paterno, while Alabama had the high-powered offense. The game was a locked in a 0-0 tie after the first quarter with both offenses struggling to move the ball. The score remained the same until the end of the second quarter, when Alabama finally broke the tie scoring a touchdown to make it, 7-0. The game was 14-7 going into the fourth quarter and Penn State was finally finding some momentum, driving down the field late in the game and a fourth and goal on the one-foot line. A touchdown would tie the game and put all the pressure on the Tide. Penn State ran the ball and Alabama’s defense swarmed to the running back, preventing a touchdown and securing the National Championship.

Schedule
1978 Football Schedule and Results

8. 2012 (13-1, SEC Champion, National Champion)

Nick Saban led the Crimson Tide to their third National Championship in four years, with a commanding win over Notre Dame, 42-14. Alabama finished the season 13-1, with their only loss coming at home against Texas A&M, with future Heisman winner Johnny Manziel leading the way for the Aggies.

Alabama was led by the best quarterback in program history in A.J. McCarron and a stacked offensive line with future NFL players Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, Cyrus Kouandjio, Anthony Steen and DJ Fluker. The Tide also had a dominating defense, but it didn’t feature the big names like it did in other years. They allowed more than 17 points just twice, with the Aggies and Georgia in the SEC Championship scoring 29 and 28 respectively.

The Crimson Tide ranked first in total defense (250.00 YPG), scoring defense (10.93 PPG) and rushing defense (76.36 YPG) and ranked seventh in passing defense (173.64 YPG).

On offense, they ranked 12th in scoring offense (38.71 PPG), 16th in rushing offense (227.50 YPG), 31st in total offense (445.50 YPG) and 75th in passing offense (218.00 YPG).

Schedule and Depth Chart
2012 Football Schedule and Results
2012 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

7. 1966 (11-0, SEC Co-Champion)

The 1966 team was coach Bryant’s second undefeated team and was one of his most dominant defenses, which was led by All-Americans Richard Cole and Bobby Johns. Alabama outscored their opponents 301-44 on the season and pitched a shutout six times on the season, only allowing seven points in their final five games. The team was snubbed by the polls, after Michigan State and Notre Dame split the National Title, after tying 10-10.

The Crimson Tide would end up beating No. 6 Nebraska, 34-7 in the Sugar Bowl.

Schedule
1966 Football Schedule and Results

6. 1961

Bryant led the Crimson Tide to their first National Title under his leadership in 1961, outscoring opponents 297-25. The team had a dominating defense that never allowed more than seven points in a single-game and shutout six of their opponents. They gave up just three touchdowns on the season, and gave up just six points overall in their final seven games.

The Crimson Tide was led by quarterback Pat Trammell, guard Billy Neighbors and linebacker Lee Roy Jordan.

Schedule
1961 Football Schedule and Results

5. 2015 (14-1, SEC Champion, National Champion)

The Crimson Tide won it’s fourth title under Saban in 2015, with one of the best defenses and the country and a high-powered offense led by running back and Heisman winner Derrick Henry. Alabama’s front seven might be the greatest to ever take the field with names like A’Shawn Robinson, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Darren Lake, Jarran Reed, Dalvin Tomlinson, Reuben Foster, Reggie Ragland, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson dominating opposing offenses.

The Crimson Tide finished the season ranked first in rushing defense (75.73 YPG) tied for second in scoring defense (15.1 PPG), third in total defense (276.3 YPG), and 30th in passing defense (200.6 YPG). They also led the SEC in total, scoring and rushing defense.

On offense, they ranked 30th in scoring offense (35.1 PPG), 32nd in rushing offense (199.93 YPG),  45th in total offense (427.1 YPG) and 62nd in passing offense (227.1 YPG).

Top Plays of the 2015 Season
Minkah Fitzpatrick Pick Six Against Texas A&M
Cyrus Jones Punt Return vs Michigan State
Kenyan Drake’s 95 Yard Kick Return in Title Game
Alabama’s Onside Kick Against Clemson

Schedule and Depth Chart
2015 Football Schedule and Results
2015 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

4. 1992 (13-0, SEC Champion, National Champion)

It took Gene Stallings just three seasons before he could bring a championship back to Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide were led by their defense once again, holding 10 of their 13 opponents to 11 points or less, shutting out three of those. The Alabama defense featured star defensive backs Antonio Langham and George Teague, both would have key plays in the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl. Langham had a pick-six against Florida, propelling them over the Gators and giving them the opportunity to face No. 1 Miami. Teague ran down a Miami receiver, who looked to have an easy touchdown, and stripped the ball of his hands. The play was overturned by an offsides on Alabama, but the play did prevent a Miami touchdown.

The defense also featured All-American defensive linemen John Copeland and Eric Curry, while the offense was led by Jay Barker and one of the most skilled receivers in Crimson Tide history in David Palmer.

Schedule
1992 Football Schedule and Results

3. 1979 (12-0, SEC Champion, National Champion)

It was Bear Bryant’s last National Championship team and probably his best. The Crimson Tide came into the 1979 season looking to repeat the success they had in 1978. This team had a lot to replace like QB Jeff Rutledge, LB Barry Krauss, DT, Marty Lyons, LB Rich Wingo and RB Tony Nathan.

The 1979 team featured another great defense that gave no more than 18 points (Auburn) in a single game and only had an offense score double-digits on them twice (with Tennessee’s 17 points being the other).  The Crimson Tide’s offense was also dominant, outscoring their first five opponents 219-9 and they outscored all of their opponents by a score of 383-67.

Schedule
1979 Football Schedule and Results

2. 2011 (12-1, National Champion)

The 2011 team had the most dominant defense in modern Alabama history. They ranked first in the country in four major categories, gave up more than 14 points just once (21 to Georgia Southern) and had four players picked in the first two rounds in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Crimson Tide cruised through their first eight games and into a matchup against No. 1 LSU in Tuscaloosa. The game was being called the “Game of the Century.”  Alabama ended up losing 9-6, after kickers Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster combined to make just 2 out of their 6 field goal attempts, while LSU kicker Drew Alleman made all three of his. Alabama only dropped to fourth in the polls and were in striking distance of a rematch with the Tigers.

Oklahoma State was ranked second in the country, but fell behind the Tide after losing to Iowa State in double-overtime. Stanford also had an opportunity, but got clobbered by Oregon the week before. Alabama became the number two team in the country yet again.

Alabama got their revenge in the rematch beating the Tigers 21-0 and allowing them to cross the 50-yard line just once and gave up just five first downs the whole game.

The Crimson Tide finished the season ranked first in rushing defense (72.15 YPG), scoring defense (8.2 PPG), total defense (183.6 YPG) and passing defense (111.5 YPG).

On offense, they ranked 16th in rushing offense (214.46 YPG), 20th in scoring offense (34.8 PPG), 31st in total offense (429.6 YPG) and 69th in passing offense (215.2 YPG).

Schedule and Depth Chart
2011 Football Schedule and Results
2011 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

1. 2009 (14-0, SEC Champion, National Champion)

The 2009 team will always be remembered as the start of a dynasty and Nick Saban’s first championship team at Alabama. They’re also the only team to go undefeated under Saban. The Tide had plenty of momentum coming into the 2009 season, after the 2008 team went 12-2 and had most of their starters returning. The Tide were led by Rolando McClain, Mark Barron, Terrance Cody, Javier Arenas, Marcell Dareus, Kareem Jackson, Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw on defense and Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and Greg McElroy on offense.

The Crimson Tide finished the season ranked second in scoring defense (11.71 PPG), second in total defense (244.14 YPG), second in rushing defense (78.14 YPG) and tenth in passing defense (166.00 YPG). They also led the SEC in total, scoring and rushing defense. The defense gave up 24 points in their opening game against #7 Virginia Tech and that would be the most they would allow all season.

On offense, they ranked 12th in rushing offense (215.07 YPG), 22nd in scoring offense (32.07 PPG), 42nd in total offense (403.00 YPG) and 92nd in passing offense (187.93 YPG).

Seven Alabama players were drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, with McClain (8th to the Raiders) and Jackson (20th to the Texans) being drafted in the first round. The team also had a total of 13 players that would be drafted in the first or second round, with 10 of those going in the first.

Top Plays of the 2009 Season
Terrance Cody’s Blocked FG Against Tennessee
Roy Upchurch’s Game-Winning Catch Against Auburn
Marcell Dareus Interception Against Texas in the National Championship

Schedule and Depth Chart
2009 Football Schedule and Results
2009 Depth Chart and Coaching Staff

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