Stuart McNair

Alabama has 10 national championships in the 80-year history of AP Poll

Alabama has finished in top 10 in half of AP’s college football polls

Alabama has won 10 national championships as determined by the Associated Press in its continuous poll since 1936, including the most recent for the 2015 season. That is two more than second place Notre Dame.


Although Alabama has finished the season ranked No. 1 more than any other team, the Crimson Tide ranks only fifth in number of appearances at the top of the weekly AP poll. Alabama has been No. 1 on 74 occasions, trailing Ohio State with 105, Oklahoma 101, Notre Dame 98, and USC 91.


The Crimson Tide has been ranked in 743 of the 1,105 weekly polls and has been ranked in 53 of the final 80 polls from 1936 through the final poll of the 2015 season.


Including its 10 national championships, Bama has been ranked in the top five in 24 final AP polls. The Tide has been a top five team in 349 weekly polls, second all-time to Oklahoma with 393.


Alabama is fifth in all-time appearances in the AP top 10 in weekly polls with 502 appearances. Bama has finished in the top 10 in 40 of the final polls and has been ranked in 53 of the final 80 AP ratings.


Alabama has been ranked in the last 130 weekly AP polls.


Bama’s  record under Coach Nick Saban when the Tide has been ranked is 97-15 (86.6 per cent).


Although Bama has had more success than any other team at finishing No. 1, the Crimson Tide has been ranked first in the pre-season AP poll (which started in 1950) only four times – 1978 (when Alabama won the national championship), 1966 (when the Tide was the nation’s only undefeated, untied team, but finished third behind Notre Dame and Michigan State), 2010 (following a national championship), and 2013 (following back-to-back national titles).


Alabama’s AP national championships came in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Five were under Coach Paul Bryant, one under Gene Stallings, and four under Nick Saban.


Tide teams have three second place finishes, two thirds, five fourths, four fifths, three sixths, three sevenths, four eighths, four ninths, and two tenths.


Alabama has played against the AP No. 1 team on 12 occasions and has an 8-4 record in those games. Tide wins over No. 1 teams came against Southern Cal, Penn State (for the 1978 national championship), Miami (for the 1992 national championship), Florida, LSU (for the 2011 national championship), Notre Dame (for the 2012 national championship), Mississippi State, and Clemson (for the 2015 national championship.


Bama has entered games ranked No. 1 on 60 occasions, and the Tide has a record of 50-10 in those contests.

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