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 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 sigle-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.
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).
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.
1994 Football Schedule and Results