Statistically, Tide Football Dominates

One of the most thorough Internet sites for college football research is the College Football Data Warehouse ( There is so much information that it takes a bit of time to get through it, partly because one frequently is distracted by yet another trail of statistical facts.

It will come as no surprise that Alabama's football success through the years has the Crimson Tide prominent in the research results of the College Football Data Warehouse. Looking through the web site on an out-of-season afternoon we were struck with the idea for an occasional series: Things You'll Never Learn From The Tim Brando Show.

First things first, Brando is good at what he does. He is an experienced broadcaster, well-connected in the sports world, and clever. A sports fan who is not an Alabama partisan would surely find his show entertaining. His protests notwithstanding, though, his aggravation with Alabama football success is apparent. His seems to be an LSU-type frustration, thinking it's a rivalry and then realizing that Alabama has a 48-25-5 lead in the series. That is different from an Auburn-category paranoia/hate psyche that cannot be treated.

Nonetheless, here are some things we've run across for our first installment of the Not From Brando series.

The College Football Warehouse has ranked teams for many years on a point system that involves winning percentage, strength of schedule, national championships, and major bowl games. Almost any follower of major college football could guess most of the all-time leaders in the rankings.

Number one is the Crimson Tide.

Alabama gets most of its oomph from winning national championships, but is also very strong in the other categories.

The Blue Bloods of college football make up the top ten. Alabama is followed by Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, Nebraska, LSU, and Tennessee in the top ten.

(Yes, that Tennessee that is considered to be a weak sister by the whiners of the Southeastern Conference who think it's a big advantage for Bama to have a permanent rivalry against the league's number two team all-time in winning, championships, and bowls.)

The nouveau riche come later – Florida 12th, Miami 14th, Florida State 18th.

The researchers also list teams by the same criteria over various time periods. Over the past five years, Alabama is number one, followed by Oregon, Stanford, LSU, and Oklahoma.

Over the last 10 years?

Alabama again, followed by USC, Florida, LSU, and Oregon.

But it's not always the Crimson Tide. Over the past 25 years, the top team has been FSU, followed by Florida, Nebraska, and then Bama.

But the last 50 years it is Alabama again, followed by Southern Cal, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.

Last 75 years: Alabama.

Last 100 years: Alabama

The researchers determined the best five-year records by teams all-time. Alabama's 1961-65 era was number one. In the top 40 in this category of consistency, the Crimson Tide had eight five-year runs of note. The others: 1962-66; 1963-67; 2009-13; 2008-12; 1964-68; 1977-81; and 1960-64.

In addition to Alabama's eight mentions in the top 40 of this category, Southern Cal had six, Nebraska five, Oklahoma four, Notre Dame four, Texas four, Miami three, Harvard three (the most recent 1910-14), Ohio State two, and Michigan one.

For the best 10-year period, Miami was one and two and USC three and four with Alabama's 1971-80 period rated the fifth best 10-year run. Bama had nine 10-year runs in the top 40, all of them in the 25-year period when Paul Bryant was Crimson Tide coach.

Speaking of 25 years, the best 25-year runs in college football by the CFB Data Warehouse had Alabama teams ranking No. 1. Also No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Again, all of those were primarily in the Bryant era.

The group also ranked the teams by quarter century increments. Because Alabama did not begin football until 1892, it was not a factor in the first quarter century (actually 32 years, 1869-1900). In the first quarter century of the 1900s, Bama ranked 25th.

From 1926 through 1950, the Crimson Tide improved to fifth – behind Notre Dame, USC, Minnesota, and Michigan.

From 1951 through 1975, Alabama was number one, followed by Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

And in the last quarter of the last century, Alabama was sixth, trailing Nebraska, Miami, FSU, Michigan, and Notre Dame.

Back to you, Tim.

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