The Crimson Tide has played in 16 different bowl games, including Aloha Bowl, Blockbuster Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Gator Bowl, Hall of Fame Bowl, Independence Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Music City Bowl, Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Sun Bowl. Alabama has at least one bowl victory in 11 of those previous 15 bowl sites.
The Crimson Tide is one of eight SEC teams in post-season play this season.
Alabama's first bowl trip was 75 years ago (Jan. 1, 1926) when the Crimson Tide posted a 20-19 upset win over Washington in the Rose Bowl. The win over Washington was significant not only for the Crimson Tide, but gave legitimacy to southern football and paved the way for its success for many years to come.
The Crimson Tide won its first four bowl games, but enjoyed its most successful run in the heyday of the 1970s under legendary coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant. Alabama won a school-record six straight bowls from 1975-80, culminating in two national championships (1978-79).
Franchione will be the ninth Alabama coach to take the Tide to a bowl game. The legendary Wallace Wade made three trips to the Rose Bowl, going 2-0-1 and winning three national championships in the process. Fran Thomas followed up with a 4-2 bowl record and two national titles of his own. Red Drew was 1-2 in bowl contests. During his tenure as a college coach, Paul Bryant's record of bowl trips was unmatched. While at Alabama, his teams went bowling 24 times, accumulating a record of 12-10-2. The Tide brought home a national championship six times during Bryant's tenure. Ray Perkins followed Bryant, going a perfect 3-0 in post-season play. Bill Curry managed a 1-3 record in bowls. Along with his one national title, Gene Stallings was an impressive 5-1 in bowl games. And Mike DuBose was winless in two trips to bowls.
Alabama has lost its last two bowl games (1998 Music City and 2000 Orange Bowl) and has not lost three straight bowl games since a four-game losing streak from 1971-74.
Alabama's all-time bowl resultsHere is a game-by-game listing of the Alabama Crimson Tide's illustrious history. Alabama is 28-19-3 (.590) in its previous 50 bowl games.
- 1926 *UA 20, Washington 19 (Rose)
- 1927 *UA 7, Stanford 7 (Rose)
- 1931 *UA 24, Washington St. 0 (Rose)
- 1935 *UA 29, Stanford 13 (Rose)
- 1938 California 13, UA 0 (Rose)
- 1942 *UA 29, Texas A&M 21 (Cotton)
- 1943 UA 37, BC 31 (Orange)
- 1945 Duke 29, UA 26 (Sugar)
- 1946 UA 34, USC 14 (Rose)
- 1948 Texas 27, UA 7 (Sugar)
- 1953 UA 61, Syracuse 6 (Orange)
- 1954 Rice 28, UA 6 (Cotton)
- 1959 Penn State 7, UA 0 (Liberty)
- 1960 UA 3, Texas 3 (Bluebonnet)
- 1962 *UA 10, Arkansas 3 (Sugar)
- 1963 UA 17, Oklahoma 0 (Orange)
- 1964 UA 12, Ole Miss 7 (Sugar)
- 1965 Texas 21, *UA 17 (Orange)
- 1966 *UA 39, Nebraska 28 (Sugar)
- 1967 UA 34, Nebraska 7 (Orange)
- 1968 Texas A&M 20, UA 16 (Cotton)
- 1969 Missouri 35, UA 10 (Gator)
- 1970 UA 24, Okla. 24 (Bluebonnet)
- 1972 *Nebraska 38, UA 6 (Orange)
- 1973 *Notre Dame 24, *UA 23 (Sugar)
- 1975 *N. Dame 13, UA 11 (Orange)
- 1975 UA 13, Penn State 6 (Sugar)
- 1976 UA 36, UCLA 6 (Liberty)
- 1978 UA 35, Ohio State 6 (Sugar)
- 1979 *UA 14, Penn State 7 (Sugar)
- 1980 *UA 24, Arkansas 9 (Sugar)
- 1981 UA 30, Baylor 2 (Cotton)
- 1982 Texas 14, UA 12 (Cotton)
- 1982 UA 21, Illinois 15 (Liberty)
- 1983 UA 28, SMU 7 (Sun)
- 1985 UA 24, USC 3 (Aloha)
- 1986 UA 28, Washington 6 (Sun)
- 1988 Michigan 28, UA 24 (HoF)
- 1988 UA 29, Army 28 (Sun)
- 1990 *Miami 33, Alabama 25 (Sugar)
- 1991 Louisville 34, UA 7 (Fiesta)
- 1991 UA 30, Colorado 25 (B'buster)
- 1993 *UA 34, Miami 13 (Sugar)
- 1993 UA 24, N. Carolina 10 (Gator)
- 1995 UA 24, Ohio State 17 (Citrus)
- 1997 UA 17, Michigan 14 (Outback)
- 1998 Va. Tech 38, UA 7 (Music City)
- 2000 Michigan 35, UA 34 (Orange)
- *National Champion
Independence Bowl is Franchione's fifth straight bowl bidThe 2001 Mainstay Independence Bowl is the fifth straight bowl game for a Dennis Franchione-coached team.
The streak began while at New Mexico with a berth in the 1997 Insight.com Bowl. Franchione took all three teams at TCU into the post-season, including trips to the Sun Bowl (1998) and GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999-2000).
Coach Fran did not coach the Horned Frogs in the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl having already left TCU for Alabama. His replacement at TCU, Gary Patterson, coached the Horned Frogs in the loss to Southern Miss. Most all of Franchione's assistant coaches at Alabama also worked the Mobile Alabama Bowl.
The 2001 Mainstay Independence Bowl is his first bowl game with the Crimson Tide.
Franchione's Bowl Ledger (2-1)
- 1997 Arizona 20, New Mexico 14
- 1998 TCU 28, Southern Cal 19
- 1999 TCU 28, East Carolina 14
- 2000 *USM 28, TCU 21
- 2001 Alabama vs. Iowa State
- *Coach Fran left TCU for Alabama before the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl and was not the head coach in the game against Southern Miss.
Coaches in first bowl games at AlabamaAlabama football coaches are just 3-5 (.375) in their first bowl game with the Crimson Tide. The last three Alabama head coaches have lost their bowl debuts.
Ray Perkins (1983) is the last UA coach to win his first bowl game, leading Alabama to a 28-7 win over SMU in the 1983 Sun Bowl.
In addition, Coach Wallace Wade (1925) was the first Alabama coach to take a Crimson Tide team into the post-season, leading his team to a 20-19 upset of the Washington Huskies in the Jan. 1, 1926 Rose Bowl. It was a game a great significance not only for Alabama football, but changed the way the nation viewed southern football as a whole.
Coach Frank Thomas won his first bowl game as Alabama beat Stanford in the 1935 Rose Bowl.
- Wallace Wade (1925), Alabama 20, Washington 19 (Rose)
- Frank Thomas (1934), Alabama 29, Stanford 13 (Rose)
- Red Drew (1947), Texas 27, Alabama 7 (Sugar)
- Paul Bryant (1959), Penn State 7, Alabama 0 (Liberty)
- Ray Perkins (1983), Alabama 28, SMU 7 (Sun)
- Bill Curry (1987), Michigan 28, Alabama 24 (Hall of Fame)
- Gene Stallings (1990), Louisville 34, Alabama 7 (Fiesta)
- Mike DuBose (1998), Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7 (Music City)
- Dennis Franchione (2001), Alabama vs. Iowa State (Independence)
Independence Bowl marks final game for 22 seniorsThe 2001 Independence will officially end the careers of 22 Alabama football seniors.
This year's senior class includes Adam Cox (LB, Jasper), David Daniel (DT, Northport), Jeremy Drummond (TE, Picayune, Miss.), Victor Ellis (LB, Chattanooga, Tenn.), Darius Gilbert (LB, Oxford), Alan Hollie (NT, Atlanta, Ga.), Patrick Hollingsworth (C, Baton Rouge, La.), Michael James (WR, Tuscaloosa), Terry Jones, Jr., (TE, Tuscaloosa), Jason McAddley (WR, Oak Ridge, Tenn.), Carl McInnish (MLB, Brewton), Freddie Milons (WR, Starkville, Miss.), Aries Monroe (DE, Tallahassee, Fla.), Stephen Moore (FL, Double Springs), Reggie Myles (FS, Pascagoula, Miss.), Shontua Ray (SS, Montevallo), Jonathan Richey (QB, Geraldine), Rob Saucier (FB, Mobile), Patrick Tate (DT, Fort Payne), Neal Thomas (PK, Clinton, Miss.), Shaun Williams (QT, Augusta, Ga.) and Andrew Zow (QB, Lake Butler, Fla.).
Bama opponents go bowlingThe Crimson Tide played five teams that will be involved in post-season bowl games this year.
The list includes Arkansas (Cotton Bowl), South Carolina (Outback Bowl), Tennessee (Citrus Bowl), LSU (Sugar Bowl) and Auburn (Peach Bowl).
Alabama posted a 2-3 (.400) against those five bowl teams this season.
Three more Alabama opponents (UCLA, Ole Miss and Southern Miss) were bowl eligible, but did not advance to post-season play.
Alabama's 2001 regular-season schedule included 10 bowl teams from the 2000 season. Those participating bowl games last year were UCLA (Sun Bowl), Arkansas (Las Vegas Bowl), South Carolina (Outback Bowl), UTEP (Humanitarian Bowl), Ole Miss (Music City Bowl), Tennessee (Cotton Bowl), LSU (Peach Bowl), Miss. State (Independence Bowl), Auburn (Citrus Bowl) and Southern Miss (GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl).