Bama Sets School Record with 13th Regular-Season GameThis Hawai'i game will mark Alabama's 13th regular-season game, establishing a single-season school record. The previous mark was 12 regular season games set in 1986.
- The 1986 season marked Alabama's first 12-game regular-season. The Crimson Tide opened that year on Aug. 27 and posted a 16-10 win over Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
- The 13-game season will also tie the school record for most games in a single-season, including post-season games.
- Alabama also played 13 games in 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999.
- The Crimson Tide played in the SEC Championship Game and a bowl game in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999, in addition to its 11 regular-season games.
- The 1986 season included 12 regular-season games, plus a Sun Bowl win over SMU.
- All 13 games this year will take place in the regular season as the Hawai'i game will wrap up the Crimson Tide's season.
Bama Seeks NCAA Record 27th 10-Win SeasonAlabama has compiled a 9-3 record in its first 12 games of the 2002 season and with a win over Hawai'i this weekend in Tuscaloosa will extend the Crimson Tide's NCAA record for 10-win seasons. Alabama has 26, 10-win seasons, but has not posted double-figure wins since its 1999 SEC Championship season (10-3).
- Every Alabama coach since 1920 has had at least one 10-win season with the exception of J.B. "Ears" Whitworth.
- With a win over Hawai'i, Coach Fran can match Xen Scott and Gene Stallings as the fastest Alabama coaches to record their first 10-win season. Both Scott and Stallings posted double-figure wins in their second year with the Crimson Tide.
NCAA Leaders for 10-Win SeasonsAlabama leads all NCAA Division I school's with 26, 10-win seasons. The Crimson Tide leads second-place Oklahoma (24) by two in the all-time list of 10-game winners. Michigan (22) and Nebraska (20) are the only other schools with 20, 10-win seasons in college football history. The Sooners notched their 24th, 10-win season this past weekend with a 60-15 rout of No. 24 Texas Tech in Norman.
- In addition to Oklahoma, four other teams have also added to the list of 10-win seasons in 2002.
- The list of 10-game winners in 2002 includes Ohio State (13-0), Georgia (10-1), Miami (10-0) and Notre Dame (10-1).
- Georgia beat Auburn for its 10th win and SEC Eastern Division title on Nov. 16th.
- Miami and Notre Dame earned their 10th win last week, as the Hurricanes beat Pitt (28-21) and the Irish crushed Rutgers (42-0).
School & Number of 10-Win Seasons:
Southern California, 19
Penn State, 18
Florida State, 17
Notre Dame, 14
Ohio State, 13
Miami, Fla., 13
- Alabama and Texas can add to those totals this weekend by earning their 10th win of the season.
- USC, Michigan and Penn State can add one more 10-win season to their totals with a win in a post-season bowl game.
- In terms of SEC play, Alabama holds an overwhelming lead over second-place Tennessee (17) and third-place Georgia (13).
- Alabama also has more 10-win seasons than LSU (4), Ole Miss (4), Kentucky (2), Miss. State (2), South Carolina (1) and Vanderbilt (0) combined.
The SchedulePlaying the toughest teams in the nation is nothing new to the Alabama football program and the 2002 schedule looks to be another challenging 13-week grind.
- Alabama has five opponents ranked in this week's football polls.
- Alabama is 3-2 (.600) against ranked teams this season, beating No. 21 Ole Miss (42-7), No. 15 Tennessee and No. 14 LSU (31-0), while losing at No. 2 Oklahoma (37-27) on Sept. 7 and to No. 6 Georgia (27-25) on Oct. 5.
- The Hawai'i game will mark Alabama's sixth game of the 2002 season against a Top 25 team. The six ranked opponents are the most since Alabama faced seven Top 25 teams in 1999, which included No. 5 Florida (SEC Championship Game) and No. 8 Michigan (Orange Bowl).
- The Hawai'i game will also mark Alabama's fourth road game of the season against a Top 25 opponent, having already played at Oklahoma, Tennessee and LSU.
- The 2002 season marks the first time ever the Crimson Tide has played four Top 25 teams on the road in the same season.
- In 1987, Alabama was the road team in four games against ranked teams, but the Alabama-Auburn game was played a neutral site Legion Field and the ticket allocation was split evenly among the two schools. During that season, Alabama played at No. 11 Penn State, No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 10 Auburn (Legion Field).
- Alabama opened its 2002 road schedule at No. 2 Oklahoma and will close its road schedule at No. 24 Hawai'i, marking the first time since 1987 that UA has played two road game against ranked non-conference opponents in the same season.
- In 1987, Alabama defeated No. 11 Penn State (24-13) and lost at No. 7 Notre Dame (37-6).
- Alabama's schedule also features three defending conference champions, including Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt co-champs), North Texas (Sun Belt co-champs) and LSU (SEC).
- ESPN.com put together a listing of the Top 10 Mid Major teams in the country and Alabama will play three of those 10 teams as part of its non-conference schedule this season. The poll lists Southern Miss (4), Hawaii (5) and Middle Tennessee (8) among the 10-best teams. The complete poll includes Marshall, Louisville, Colorado State, Southern Miss, Hawaii, Utah, Fresno State, Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State and South Florida.
- Alabama's 2002 schedule featured home games against all three Division I teams from the state of Mississippi, including Southern Miss (Sept. 21), Ole Miss (Oct. 19) and Miss. State (Nov. 9). The last time Alabama played all three Mississippi teams at home during the same season was 1981.
- The 2002 schedule contained seven teams that participated in bowl games in 2001, including Oklahoma (Cotton), North Texas (New Orleans), Arkansas (Cotton), Georgia (Music City), Tennessee (Citrus), LSU (Sugar) and Auburn (Peach).
- Four other teams were bowl eligible in 2001, but did not participate in post-season play. The other bowl eligible teams were Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Hawaii.
Bama Surpasses 2001 Win TotalThe Crimson Tide has posted an 9-3 record after 12 games of the 2002 season, surpassing its win total from the 2001 year. Coach Fran inherited an Alabama team that had gone 3-8 and suffered its second losing season in four years. After a slow start last year (3-5), the Crimson Tide won its last four games, including a 14-13 win over Iowa State in the Mainstay Independence Bowl, to finish the season with a 7-5 ledger.
Bama Sports SEC's Best Record in Last 16 GamesSince Nov. 10, 2001, Alabama has posted a 13-3 (.813) record in its last 16 games, sharing the best record in the Southeastern Conference with LSU (13-3, .813) and Georgia (13-3, .813). Alabama posted a 6-2 record in the SEC this season, the best record in the SEC Western Division and second-best overall record to Georgia (7-1).
Auburn Game Was Not FinaleFor only the fourth time since the series was renewed in 1948, Alabama will not end its regular season with its arch-rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide closes out its regular season this weekend in Honolulu against the University of Hawai'i.
- The 2002 season also marks the second consecutive year the Crimson Tide will not end its season with the Tigers.
- Alabama closed out the 2001 season with a makeup game against Southern Miss (Nov. 29) at Legion Field. The UA-USM game was scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
- The 1988 season ended with a makeup game with Texas A&M (Dec. 1) in College Station, Texas. That was postponed due to Hurricane Gilbert on Sept. 15th.
- The Alabama-Miami game was rescheduled twice in 1963. The game was moved in the summer to accomodate television and was later postponed until Dec. 14 due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.